Opportunities for Diplomats
One of Canada’s ambassadors serving overseas cited his appreciation for the spiritual availability offered by the Christian Embassy staff, adding that he takes advantage of their services whenever he can.
We also offer initiatives for spouses of heads of mission and other diplomats. We hope to serve you and help you succeed in your mandate as you represent your country in Canada.
"I desire to be involved with the seminars and luncheons of the Christian Embassy because of the important life issues presented and the opportunities to meet people of faith."
"I think every ambassador and high commissioner should connect with the Christian Embassy. I have found their team to be very helpful to my work as an ambassador for networking, because of the many people they know. With their help, I also better understand the Bible."
"Everything that the Christian Embassy offers is excellent and very helpful. I am informed on very important topics and feel safe to express my opinions on these matters. Not only do you inspire us, but you help us to identify which priorities are truly important."
Initiatives for Diplomats
When a new ambassador or high commissioner arrives in Ottawa, we like to schedule a courtesy call to introduce ourselves and present the services and practical resources that the Christian Embassy offers.
Contact us if you are interested in receiving a courtesy visit.
Through our networking luncheons and dinners, the Christian Embassy provides a platform for more than 100 diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders to make meaningful connections that inform and inspire. You will have the opportunity to hear a Christian leader talk about their professional experience and how a personal relationship with God impacts their personal and professional life.
The roundtable luncheons organized by the Christian Embassy facilitate the interactions of six to eight diplomats with one or more senior members of Parliament. The roundtables give diplomats the opportunity to share their country’s perspective on specific areas of mutual interest with the member of Parliament and to glean helpful ideas from one another.
Since 1998, the Christian Embassy has taken over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners from 92 different nations on three-day business tours to different Canadian cities. These tours provide you valuable opportunities to: – discover and enjoy Canadian innovation, culture and hospitality
– expand your network of Canadian contacts
– promote business and economic opportunities in your country
English as a Second Language Classes
The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered by the Christian Embassy are oriented to diplomats and are designed to give students practice in written and oral comprehension with an emphasis on oral expression. We cover a wide variety of discussion topics, from our professional and personal lives and the classes are oriented toward diplomats’ schedules. Faith and Bible stories are important components of our program, because we seek to inspire people with the person and values of Jesus.
The highlight of the year is our Christmas Dinner, which brings together leaders from across Canada. Diplomats, parliamentarians, business leaders and their guests are invited to begin celebrating the Christmas season by enjoying a festive meal, live seasonal music and an inspirational guest speaker.
Discussion groups are oriented towards diplomats and are organized according to the participants’ schedules and interests. A typical group meets weekly for six to twelve weeks. Some of the topics available include: Principles of Leadership, Marriage and Family, and Integrity.
Seminars for Diplomat Families
Living in an unfamiliar country or culture can be challenging. The Christian Embassy offers periodic seminars on navigating life transitions, cultural challenges, marriage, parenting and other relevant topics for busy diplomat families.
We can also help connect you to a weekly Bible study for wives of ambassadors and high commissioners.
Events for Diplomats
Canadian Agriculture: a Force for Food, a Force for Good – Mr. Ian Ross
May 17, 2023
Canada’s Role: Feeding the World while Saving the Planet
Due to a myriad of forces and global disruptions, food insecurity has expanded in recent years and currently impacts almost 10% of the world’s population. Feeding the world’s growing population is a significant undertaking and challenge, especially as we embrace the need to be excellent stewards of the environment and align increased production of digestible protein with lower emissions and maximized carbon sequestration.
Already one of the most sustainable producers of meat, milk and eggs globally, Canada must continue to improve its production efficiency resulting in even greater sustainability and increased, cost effective production in order to meet the growing need for food and more specifically, digestible protein around the world.
Dancing with the Disruptor – Mr. Abdu Murray, J. D.
April 20, 2023
Artificially intelligent software is capturing the world’s imagination and promises to improve our lives and make time for greater creativity. Yet even AI experts warn us that we do not have any ability to predict the kinds of disruptions AI will bring to global economies, governments, social structures and even our definitions of what it means to be human. Abdu Murray explores how ancient wisdom can guide us in our courtship with AI, the most powerful change agent of modern times.
Is Economic Chaos our New Reality? – Mr. Peter Hall
March 29, 2023
Recession seems to be the 2023 watchword, with the only squabbles being around how deep and how long this one is going to be. Recent economic data have sharp-eyed analysts revising forecasts upward. What are we to think about an increasingly chaotic environment?
In this roundtable for diplomats, Mr. Hall will share his high-level thoughts on the world economic and geopolitical situation and on the issues that are of greatest concern. Expect these views to challenge the consensus and to emphasize the particular importance of our role in facilitating solid international relations and trade activity.
Journeying with Jesus – Mrs. Anne-Marie Montgomery
February 23, 2023
Does being an ambassador for Christ seem impossible in your role? Come reflect and hear insights on how to be a witness in a natural and relevant way. What have we learned from our own journey with God? How can we help others become curious about Jesus?
39th Christmas Dinner – Mr. Peter Hall
November 29, 2022
Is there reason for hope in these times which seem to be defined by gloomy forecasts? Hear of critical elements that are almost entirely absent from today’s policy, strategic and social discourse.
Speaking Words of Life and Hope – Mrs. Barbara Rudd Degenhardt
October 13, 2022
Living out our abundant life and overflowing hope
Our world is in need of solutions to address the challenges we are facing. How can I make a difference by speaking life and hope in my workplace, my family and my community?
Analysis of the Conservative Party Leadership Contest – Mike Donison and Adam Bolek
September 15, 2022
What might the results of the Conservative leadership race mean for the future of the party and indicate about the current state of politics in Canada?
Insights into the Conservative Party Leadership Contest – Mike Donison and Adam Bolek
May 26, 2022
Mr. Donison presented a brief overview of the history and the rules of the Conservative Party leadership selection process and summarized the recent developments that led the Party to another leadership contest. Mr. Bolek spoke to each candidate’s background, prospects and mechanics of their leadership campaign.
Navigating International Business in 2022 – Mr. Rob Wildeboer
February 23, 2022
Challenges in the automotive sector, one of the most innovative and technologically advanced industries in the world, provide the background to discuss issues of international trade, supply chain dynamics and public policy adjustments, including energy and environmentally related policy.
38th Christmas Celebration – Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Russell Brown
November 23, 2021
A Christmas celebration to inspire and connect diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders from across Canada and the world.
What is the most important judicial virtue? For decades, lawyers, judges and academics have debated this. The leading views focus on competing virtues of sympathy and detachment, but can they be reconciled? And if so, how?
Election Analysis – Lucas Malinowski and Mike Donison
September 28, 2021
Lucas Malinowski and Mike Donison summarized the election results with an analysis of the outcome and responded to audience questions. They also commented on how their faith shapes their perspectives on the election results. Ambassadors appreciated the mutual respect evident by these panelists of opposing political views.
Insights on the Canadian Electoral Process – Mike Donison and Deputy Speaker MP Bruce Stanton
September 9, 2021
Mr. Mike Donison summarized the rules governing the calling and the conduct of a Canadian federal general election. Deputy Speaker MP Bruce Stanton gave perspective from his experience as a five time successful candidate and spoke frankly about how his faith in Christ impacts his attitude. They addressed some of the major developments early in the election campaign, followed by Question and Answer.
Life Unmasked – the Honourable Stockwell Day PC
May 20, 2021
Hope for the future with lessons from the past. Join diplomats, parliamentarians, business leaders and spouses for this webinar, followed by Q and A and optional discussion groups.
Global Trade – Danger Ahead! – Dr. Ann Penner
April 7, 2021
Global trade and supply chains are in peril. Countries are pursuing protectionism. Is there a resolution? What is a way forward? Dr. Ann Penner discusses these issues and The Honourable Ed Fast, former Minister of International Trade, gives concluding remarks.
37th Christmas Celebration “Hope in Uncertainty” – Dr. Peter Chung
December 1 and 2, 2020
Financial challenges, isolation, relational stresses, illness or the death of a loved one…Where does one find hope?
A virtual Christmas celebration to inspire and connect diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders from across Canada and the world.
Leadership Race Analysis – Conservatives Decide!
August 26, 2020
Her Majesty’s Loyal Official Opposition decides, the Conservative Party of Canada chooses a new Leader! In this zoom meeting, Mike Donison, political analyst, will summarize the Conservative Party’s leadership race and provide an analysis of the outcome. He will also speak about how his faith shapes his professional perspectives.
2020 Global Leadership Summit: World Class Leadership Training
August 6 – 7, 2020
The Global Leadership Summit is your opportunity to gain access to a wealth of leadership insight from a world-class faculty ready to equip and inspire you—no matter where you have influence.
Now more than ever, when you grow in your leadership, you can withstand difficult seasons, re-imagine the future, strengthen your relationships, improve your business, and provide hope to your community through effective charity or church engagement.
Join us this year in a global movement of more than 420,000 people learning together across 124 countries.
Charting a Course in a Post-COVID World – Michael Ramsden
June 11, 2020
While it feels that life has been put on hold around the world, our world seems to be changing faster than we could have imagined only months ago. Leadership at times like this is challenging and is needed as never before. The questions as to who we can trust and what is trustworthy resurface with a new edge to them.
Stop Human Trafficking. What can we do? – Joy Smith
May 21, 2020
Human trafficking is a global crime that affects every country. It happens every day. Traffickers make annual profits as high as $36 billion worldwide.
Recession. Re-flation. Restoration. – Jonathan Wellum
April 21, 2020
As a result of the public health policy response to COVID-19, the global economy is experiencing the largest contraction in GDP in modern history. This has thrust the global economy into an economic recession/depression. Governments and central banks have responded with massive spending programs funded by record levels of debt coupled with an enormous expansion in the money supply.
Jonathan will be discussing some of the impacts and potential unintended
consequences of these dramatic actions. He will address the questions:
What are some of the impacts and potential unintended consequences of these dramatic actions?
As decision makers what approach might we take?
How do we begin economic and spiritual restoration?