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For more than three decades, the Christian Embassy has been a bridge between leaders in Ottawa, across Canada and from around the world. Special initiatives such as luncheons, roundtables, individual meetings and visits with ambassadors to diverse businesses across Canada give leaders the opportunity to see how the values of Jesus bring light to professional, personal and spiritual facets of life.

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"The Christian Embassy's work to provide friendship, support and spiritual encouragement to members of Parliament, senators and members of the diplomatic corps is a significant contribution to the well-being of these national and international leaders."

Cabinet Minister

“Leading Change” with Don Van Meer

“Leading Change” with Don Van Meer

February 28, 2018

Change is inevitable. In fact, what we have in common is that we are all grappling with change in our lives. Change is the one constant. It’s the one reality.

Jack Welch says, “Anytime there is change, there is an opportunity. So it is paramount that an organization get energized rather than paralyzed.”

According to Don Van Meer, the greatest single point of failure in driving through change is when leadership doesn’t capture the hearts and minds of the entire organization. In other words, change is just not about leaders taking people through something. Change is about engaging people in the process of change. Having them be part of the decision making. Having them understand where you are going as an organization. Having them buy into the process, even when they don’t understand all of it.

When people are engaged, people “Get it, feel it, and want it.” 

How does a leader keep a team engaged in the face of major changes? What equipped Don to lead change?

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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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"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."

Member of Parliament

"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

"We look forward to serving you! We invite you to join in our initiatives and see the values of Jesus bring light to the professional, personal and spiritual facets of life. Interactions with leaders from Canada and around the globe will also sharpen you as a leader."

Darlene McLean

Executive Director, Christian Embassy of Canada

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