Opportunities for Parliamentarians
"The Christian Embassy provides me and other MPs with a needed personal focus and an outlet to serve. Their team helps me make connections with ambassadors as part of my government service. They also offer opportunities for me to grow in my relationship with God as I reach out to encourage leaders in Ottawa and overseas. I doubt the Christian Embassy is aware of the full extent of their positive impact."
Initiatives for Parliamentarians
It would be our privilege and honour to connect with all 338 members of parliament and newly appointed senators to acquaint them with our networking initiatives and other services. Contact us if you would like to schedule 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
When we become aware of special initiatives that members of parliament or senators are pursuing and wish to promote, we communicate them to ambassadors or high commissioners who share similar interests.
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.
The Business Tours organized by the Christian Embassy visit several ridings each year. Frequently scheduled during parliamentary breaks, these tours include a community breakfast or lunch where two to three ambassadors address the group. We welcome members of parliament to these events and will happily coordinate with riding offices for upcoming events.
Since 1989, the Christian Embassy of Canada has sponsored more than seventy-five international tours. These have introduced delegations of Canadian economic and political leaders to national leaders around the world. The purpose of our delegations is to discover the priorities and concerns of the leaders they meet and to build bridges of understanding. They also seek to discuss areas of mutual concern and to explore the possibility of future cooperation. Participation in a delegation also helps members of Parliament increase their understanding of international affairs and helps them network more easily with leaders overseas.
Events for Parliamentarians
November 23, 2021
“The Most Important Judicial Virtue” with Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Honourable Russell Brown
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?
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.
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.
December 1 and 2, 2020
“Hope in Uncertainty” with keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Chung and special music by Getty Music
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.
June 11, 2020
“Charting a Course in a Post-COVID World – Truth and Trust in Work and Life” with Michael Ramsden
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.
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.
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?
February 25, 2020
In 1972 Paul Henderson led Canada to victory against the Russians in the greatest moment of Canadian sports history. He instantly became a national hero.. How did this change his life? Did it bring him what he imagined? And what about his 10 year battle with cancer? What has he found in the wake of fame, struggle and success?
December 2, 2019
“Peace on Earth?” with Michael Ramsden
Diplomats, parliamentarians, business leaders and their guests are invited to begin celebrating the Christmas season by enjoying a festive meal, live seasonal music and inspirational keynote speaker Michael Ramsden.
May 2, 2019
The annual National Prayer Breakfast of Canada is a Christ-centred event held by the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Group in our nation’s capital. The purpose of this event is to come together collectively to honour and continue to hold to our Christian heritage. This allows our elected officials to gather together with men and women from different backgrounds to pray and connect through our shared faith.
May 1, 2019 from 17h30 to 21h30
The Annual Christian Leadership Dinner is another event organized by the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Group as a part of the National Prayer Breakfast festivities. It has been taking place almost as long as the breakfast itself. The purpose of the dinner was originally to extend a courtesy to those travelling from out of town to attend the Breakfast. It has now evolved into an event that compliments the National Prayer Breakfast.
April 9, 2019
We live in a time when public failure often leads to defamation. Misdeeds, whether past or present, start trending in social media headlines. Apologies are minimized and dismissed out of skepticism and distrust. In such a toxic environment, is it even possible to become agents of reconciliation and restoration? If so, how?
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.
February 26, 2019
Global economic momentum slowed in the final weeks of 2018. Stock market volatility and a rising fear-factor are leading some to predict recession. Is there a point to their pessimism? Or is this another analytical misstep in a time of uncertainty? Hear about global economic prospects and the hope to be found in times of uncertainty.
November 27, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30
A serial entrepreneur shares what makes him tick, and then opens up for an honest Q and A with those in the room. What drives the desire to create new business? How does government inspire or discourage? What about the growing income inequality? Can the “1%” problem be solved? What is the impact of the changing view of leadership? Any other question you might have?
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.
October 31, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30
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.
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.
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.
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.