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

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Events for Diplomats

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 2: Working With People Who Are Different From You and Strengthening Your Leadership Style

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 2: Working With People Who Are Different From You and Strengthening Your Leadership Style

October 25, 2016

Barry addressed the core management capabilities of the four leadership styles, asking, “What do we need to know about ourselves and those with whom we work?” He pointed out that leadership styles impact work pace, relationships, expectations, perceptions of reality, communication and decision-making. He also gave insights on how to recognize different styles and how to communicate most effectively with others of each style.

Leadership is becoming a thumb. Like a thumb in relation to the other fingers on a hand, an effective leader integrates the individual parts toward a common interest. A change leader is an “integrator” or a “thumb”, able to integrate a group of people with differing management styles to make effective, quality decisions and to discern common interest for the purpose of implementation.

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2016 Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

2016 Morning at the Summit: World Class Leadership Training

October 20, 2016 from 8h30-12h30

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day world-class leadership training infusion of VISION, INSPIRATION and PRACTICAL SKILLS. Every year, the Summit is broadcast from Willow Creek in Chicago to 1000+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. You are invited to join an expected 450,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Faculty members Melinda Gates, Alan Mulally and others deliver a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills.

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Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 1: Management versus Mismanagement and Understanding My Leadership Style

Leading the Leaders Seminar – Part 1: Management versus Mismanagement and Understanding My Leadership Style

September 20, 2016

Presenting time-tested principles developed by Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes, Barry Bowater focused on the basics of leadership, the roles of leaders versus managers and how to navigate the unavoidable presence of change in our careers and personal lives. Each person in attendance was invited to work through a short Management Style Questionnaire in order to identify what makes them “tick” as leaders. The results will help them understand how to build complementary teams and how to increase their effectiveness.

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Roundtable: Transformational Generosity

Roundtable: Transformational Generosity

September 1, 2016

Bishop Hannington’s story is one of the power of faith and the strength of self-help; a story he has told in a dozen countries throughout the world.

In 2001, western Uganda was invaded by rebel forces that destroyed villages and farms, forcing over 80,000 survivors into refugee camps. As the war raged on, hope along with the moral fibre of the people faded, leaving the people asking the all too common question, “How can the people from the west help us?”

But there was one who chose to inspire through generosity and gracious giving. He inspired his people to ask a different question, “How soon can my people rise to the challenge of funding not only our immediate needs, but our futures as well?”

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“Our Faithful God” with Jonathan Aitken

“Our Faithful God” with Jonathan Aitken

May 19, 2016

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event held in Ottawa under the authority of the speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and is organized by a group of volunteers. This year’s breakfast featured an address by former British Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken. The theme of this year’s event was “Our Faithful God.”

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“Living With Our Deepest Differences” with Dr. Os Guinness and Mr. Abdu Murray

“Living With Our Deepest Differences” with Dr. Os Guinness and Mr. Abdu Murray

May 3, 2016

In a world ravaged by conflict, there is a real threat to human dignity. While some face persecution and sectarian violence, others question whether religion has any place in public life. Dr. Os Guinness and Dr. Abdu Murray insightfully address the question “How do we live with our deepest differences?”

Os Guinness proposes that the way forward in the making of a world that is safe for diversity is through the Civil Public Square, where freedom of religion and belief are promoted for people of all faiths and of none. Every nation must have a core of protected, guaranteed rights and at their heart, religious freedom based on freedom of conscience and thought. He adds that freedom of conscience does not equal freedom of choice. There will never be peace and harmony in our diversity unless this foundational right is protected.

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“Being an Ambassador from a Christian Perspective in Work, in Politics, in Life” with Rob Wildeboer

“Being an Ambassador from a Christian Perspective in Work, in Politics, in Life” with Rob Wildeboer

December 1, 2015

Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts supplier, spoke on the importance of being an ambassador in every aspect of his leadership and his life. He specifically outlined ten guiding principles that have helped propel Martinrea International Inc. to its success and elaborated on one: the Golden Rule–show dignity and respect.

“The key to our success as leaders, to my success as a leader, is whether our company is taking care of our people and their future…I am an ambassador for what we do, to our people, to our customers, to our stakeholders and to the governments of the places in which we do business.”

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“Cargill: Built on Strong Foundation” with Greg Page

“Cargill: Built on Strong Foundation” with Greg Page

May 6, 2015

Greg Page shared the story of the development of Cargill: from the company’s first grain storage facility in 1865 to one of the largest, privately-owned businesses providing food, agricultural, risk management, financial and industrial products and services around the globe. Cargill employs 152,000 people in 67 nations.

He also shared seven principles that serve as the strong foundation of Cargill and in his own life. When faced with the challenge of making important decisions that affect so many, he relies on that tools that God has provided: patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control and the guidance from people of faith.

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“Crossing Cultures in a Global Community: Thriving in Cultural Mobility” with Glenn Taylor and Maria Rosa Eguez

“Crossing Cultures in a Global Community: Thriving in Cultural Mobility” with Glenn Taylor and Maria Rosa Eguez

September 22, 2014

Glenn C. Taylor and Maria Rosa Eguez shared their cross-cultural learnings and experiences with diplomats and business leaders representing various nations. This insightful and interactive seminar provided an opportunity to gain understanding, not only of the transition process, but also of how to thrive in the midst of it.

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“Taking Risk on Purpose” with Mr. Garth Jestley

“Taking Risk on Purpose” with Mr. Garth Jestley

May 28, 2014

Garth Jestley, as Executive Director of LeaderImpact, is responsible for all operations in Canada and internationally. He has over 40 years experience in the financial services sector including senior roles in investment management, venture capital, corporate banking, international project financing, private debt placement and investment banking. Garth encouraged leaders that assuming “risk on purpose” adds zest to life and fulfillment in any endeavour, and quoted Stephen Covey, “The greatest risk is the risk of riskless living.”

Though Garth learned many lessons throughout his financial career, he focused on one aspect of financial risk taking, namely the assessment of investment risk in individual business enterprises. He broke this down into four areas and illustrated them through his own experience:
– Management risk
– Forecast risk
– Problems related to insufficient cash
– The self control challenge

Garth then related these lessons learned to his faith, “I believe that my decision to follow Christ was the best risk I ever took on purpose. It was a risk in the sense that I was relinquishing control over my life to God rather than remaining the master of my fate. However, I firmly believe that the benefits of trusting God in terms of finding peace, purpose and security about my future far outweigh the risk. In any event, I strongly believe that the much greater risk is to live one’s life without reference to God.”

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