Opportunities for Diplomats

As part of the diplomatic corps in Canada, you hold an esteemed position, not only in your country, but in Canada as well. We are a Christian organization interested in serving people of all regional, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Our services to ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats begin with helping you connect with leaders in parliament and business, in Ottawa as well as in noted communities across Canada.

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."

Ambassador to Canada

"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."

Ambassador to Canada

"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."

Ambassador to Canada

Initiatives for Diplomats

Courtesy Visits

Courtesy Visits

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.

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Networking Luncheons

Networking Luncheons

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.

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Roundtables

Roundtables

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.

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Business Tours

Business Tours

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

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English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classes

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classes

The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) 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.

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Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups

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.

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Spouse and Family

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.

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Events for Diplomats

Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

April 5-7, 2019

Great marriages are built! Like a great house – on a solid foundation, lovingly crafted, updated and renovated over time. A Weekend Getaway will strengthen your foundation – God’s way – and give you new tools to renovate your relationship.

For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.

For others, it’s a fresh start.

For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, it’s a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun. You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning. And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

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35th Annual Christmas Dinner: “The Certainty of Uncertainty” with Don and Fay Simmonds

35th Annual Christmas Dinner: “The Certainty of Uncertainty” with Don and Fay Simmonds

November 26, 2018

“The Certainty of Uncertainty” with Mr. Don and Mrs. Fay Simmonds

Uncertainty strikes all of us. For Don and Fay Simmonds it came in the words “liver failure.” They spoke about their life and death battle and their search for certainty in life’s most uncertain moments. There is much to celebrate!

The annual Christmas Dinner is the highlight of the Christian Embassy’s year. This year we welcomed over 200 diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders, representing 55 nations.

The festive evening allows busy leaders and their spouses to relax, network and enjoy special music and meaningful reminders of the season. Diplomats appreciate what is often a first opportunity to experience Canadian Christmas traditions.

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Roundtable for Ambassadors: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

Roundtable for Ambassadors: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

October 31, 2018 from 9h30 to 11h00

Martinrea is a global automotive parts supplier based in Canada, with $4 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide, operating 44 plants in eight countries on four continents. The current international trade environment, as well as the challenges of one of the most innovative and technologically advanced industries in the world, provide a suitable background to discuss issues of politics, culture and adaptability in a changing world. Martinrea has been heavily involved in international trade and policy discussions involving the automotive sector. Join Rob Wildeboer, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Martinrea, and fellow colleagues for a roundtable discussion on how to persevere and succeed in this challenging environment.

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Parliamentary Perspectives Roundtable for New Ambassadors to Canada

Parliamentary Perspectives Roundtable for New Ambassadors to Canada

September 27, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30

Are you an Ambassador to Canada who has arrived in the last 12 months? Come gain valuable parliamentary perspective from two experienced members of Parliament and Shadow Ministers: Mr. Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade; and The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. They will give you insights into the priorities of their portfolios, as well as giving a brief overview of topics, including:

– Functioning of the Canadian Parliament
– Overview of typical MP schedule
– Effective communication with parliamentarians
– Their motivation to engage in federal politics

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Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

October 18, 2018  8h30-12h00

You have influence. Join 445,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with this world-class leadership training. In partnership with the Ottawa Global Leadership Summit team, we are pleased to offer Morning at the Summit, the opening morning of the Global Leadership Summit, complimentary for all diplomats. 

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day world-class leadership training infusion of VISION, INSPIRATION and PRACTICAL SKILLS you can immediately apply. Every year, the Summit is broadcast (HD telecast) from Willow Creek in Chicago to 600+ sites in 130 countries and 60 languages. You are invited to commit to getting better as a leader in 2018 as you discover best practices in leadership, integration of Christian values and principle based decision making.

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“An Anchor in a Financial Storm” with Jonathan Wellum

“An Anchor in a Financial Storm” with Jonathan Wellum

June 6, 2018

Levels of debt, wealth disparities, shifting social, ethical and moral values, nation-state challenges – the world is living with risk. How might we deal with the challenges we face?

Jonathan Wellum addresses the need to restore truth, meaning and values rooted in Christianity if we are to progress and maintain free, vibrant and healthy markets at this networking luncheon.

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53rd National Prayer Breakfast with Dr. Os Guinness

53rd National Prayer Breakfast with Dr. Os Guinness

May 8, 2018

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual ecumenical event held in Ottawa inviting leaders to come together for an inspirational message, music and the opportunity to pray together. The breakfast is offered under the auspices of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers.

The theme for the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast is “Believe, Serve, Lead”.

Dr. Os Guinness, author and social critic, is the keynote speaker and will be joined by special guest Humboldt Broncos’ chaplain Sean Brandow.

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Business Tour – Lower Mainland, B.C.

Business Tour – Lower Mainland, B.C.

May 14-17, 2018

Since 1998, the Christian Embassy has taken over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners from 92 different nations on three-day business tours to different cities within Canada. 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

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Current Cultural Trends with Michael Suderman

May 8, 2018 from 15h30 to 16h30

Join Michael Suderman and like-minded diplomats and business leaders for a brief presentation and the opportunity to meet and greet some of the RZIM Canada Team and hear about their work in Canada. RZIM helps the thinker believe and the believer think.

Michael’s interests include faith, science, world religions, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. He will speak to cultural trends he is observing and will be available for a question and answer session.

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National Prayer Leadership Dinner with Kim Phuc

National Prayer Leadership Dinner with Kim Phuc

May 7, 2018 from 18h00 to 21h30

The National Prayer Leadership Dinner is an annual ecumenical event held in Ottawa inviting leaders to come together for an inspirational message, music and the opportunity to pray together. The dinner is offered under the auspices of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers.

Kim Phuc, author of Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace, will give the keynote address. 

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Business Tour – Greater Toronto Area

Business Tour – Greater Toronto Area

April 16-18, 2018

Since 1998, the Christian Embassy has taken over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners from 92 different nations on three-day business tours to different cities within Canada. 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

read more
Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

Couples’ Weekend Getaway: Montebello, QC

April 6-8, 2018

Great marriages are built! Like a great house – on a solid foundation, lovingly crafted, updated and renovated over time. A Weekend Getaway will strengthen your foundation – God’s way – and give you new tools to renovate your relationship.

For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.

For others, it’s a fresh start.

For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, it’s a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun. You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning. And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

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“Clarity in a Confused World” with Abdu Murray

“Clarity in a Confused World” with Abdu Murray

March 28, 2018

Educational institutions, news and social media provide us with many different voices, opinions and perspectives. Who do we believe? Increasingly in Western culture, many believe that morals, spirituality and truth are all relative; that there are no absolute truths. Truth is being sacrificed on the altar of preferences. This tendency can cause confusion in interactions. In contrast people who express certainty about what they believe are frequently seen as bigoted, arrogant and intolerant.

Have we embraced a culture of confusion? What are the consequences of such a perspective? Mr. Murray presents reasoning from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth with applications for professional and personal life to an audience of diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders at a plated networking luncheon entitled Clarity in a Confused World. 

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34th Christmas Dinner: Counter-intuitive Leadership

34th Christmas Dinner: Counter-intuitive Leadership

November 27, 2017

The annual Christmas Dinner is the highlight of the Christian Embassy’s year. This year we welcomed 186 diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders, representing 56 nations.

The festive evening allows busy leaders and their spouses to relax, network and enjoy special music and meaningful reminders of the season. Diplomats appreciate what is often a first opportunity to experience Canadian Christmas traditions.

Leaders from various backgrounds participated in readings, reflections and seasonal music. Richard Magnussen, Chairman of the American Furniture Association, gave the keynote address entitled Counter-intuitive Leadership.  

Richard shared his thoughts on the key virtue required of a successful leader, one that is a core characteristic of God and interwoven throughout the Christmas story: humility. He gave a number of examples of how he has grown in humility.

Richard concluded by stating, “I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I have learned so many lessons through my simple faith in the humble Jesus of the Christmas story.”

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Ottawa Civic Prayer Breakfast: “Who is my Neighbour?”

Ottawa Civic Prayer Breakfast: “Who is my Neighbour?”

October 27, 2017 7h15-9h00

The Ottawa Civic Prayer Breakfast is one of more than 50 gatherings across Canada in which community leaders honour and pray for the mayor, city councillors, police and emergency responders. Leaders come together to celebrate under the banner “Who Is My Neighbour?” because the Scriptures suggest that we love our neighbour as ourselves.

Each year the speaker at the breakfast focuses on answering the question: “Who is My Neighbour?”

This year our speaker will be Gerry Organ and he will be answering that question through the lens of being a former football player, his work with refugees and immigrant families here in Ottawa, mentoring young men with fatherhood issues, and encouraging young entrepreneurs in their calling. Also, he is passionate about this annual prayer event!

Gerry became a Christian in 1973 while playing professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders. Since that time, he has been fully engaged in Kingdom work both in the church and in business. His passion is to fulfill the will of God as an ambassador and servant so that others will taste and see God’s goodness and be transformed by His love.

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Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

October 19, 2017  8h30-12h00

You have influence. Join 400,000+ of your peers to learn how to maximize it with this world-class leadership training. In partnership with the Ottawa Global Leadership Summit team, we are pleased to offer Morning at the Summit, the opening morning of the Global Leadership Summit, complimentary for all diplomats. 

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day world-class leadership training infusion of VISION, INSPIRATION and PRACTICAL SKILLS you can immediately apply. Every year, the Summit is broadcast (HD telecast) from Willow Creek in Chicago to 1000+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. You are invited to join an expected 400,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2017 as you discover best practices in leadership, integration of Christian values and principle based decision making.

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Seminar: NDP Leadership Race Analysis

Seminar: NDP Leadership Race Analysis

September 27, 2017 14h00-15h30

Mr. Robert Fox, National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada, will give a briefing on the New Democratic Party of Canada’s leadership race. The presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session.

Because space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Une interprétation simultanée en français sera disponible sur demande.

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“Leading With Courage” with The Rt Hon. The Baroness Cox

“Leading With Courage” with The Rt Hon. The Baroness Cox

September 25, 2017

Leaders were riveted as they heard the The Right Honorable Baroness Cox recount a several stories about her life’s work at a Christian Embassy roundtable luncheon on September 25, 2017. As the founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International), and the founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust), she has visited many remote areas of the world.

Seeking to be a voice for the voiceless, she has found herself in situations where she has been afraid and dismayed, “[You] have to learn to cross that frontier of fear…and when you do cross that frontier of fear, you meet the most amazing people. You meet heros and heroines of faith. And we always come back humbled and inspired, receiving more than we could ever ever give.”

She took her listeners on a journey to three different conflict zones where she witnessed first hand the people affected by horrific tragedies carried out under the radar from most of the world. These tragedies included the destruction of churches and mass persecution of Christians. She has clearly been impacted by the powerful stories of suffering of brave men and women and emphasized that we live in countries where we have the freedom to stand up for those with no voice and that we must not take this valuable freedom for granted.

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Roundtable Analysis: Conservative Party Leadership

Roundtable Analysis: Conservative Party Leadership

May 30, 2017 at 9h30-11h00 and 14h00-15h30

On May 27th, members of the Conservative Party of Canada chose their new leader.

– What were the key events of the leadership race?
– What are some of the expected outcomes under the new leader?
– What are the potential divisions? How might the party work through these divisions?

From his rich experience of participation in 18 electoral and leadership races, Mr. Donison will share insights and thoughts on these questions.

The same roundtable will be offered twice on May 30, 2017, first from 9h30-11h00 and again from 14h00-15h30. Because space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. We will seek to honour your time preference.

Une interprétation simultanée en français sera disponible sur demande.

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