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.

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.”

33rd Christmas Dinner: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset, with David MacLean

33rd Christmas Dinner: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset, with David MacLean

November 29, 2016

We welcomed almost 200 diplomats, parliamentarians and business leaders to our 33rd Christmas Dinner. David MacLean, Chair for The Executive Committee Canada, gave the keynote address: The HEART – A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset. He identified the fundamental qualities of an effective leader using the acronym HEART:
– Humility
– Empathy
– Authenticity
– Risk
– Tenacity

David went on to say that with the birth of God’s Son on earth, God offers to all people the greatest free trade opportunity in history. Jesus’ birth opened up the exchange of:
– a hard heart for a heart of flesh
– a broken heart for a healed heart
– a proud heart for a humble heart
– an angry heart for a kind heart
– a passive heart for a passionate heart
– a weak heart for a strong heart

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

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.

“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.”