Annual International Affairs Conference: A Window on the World


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June 2nd, 2023 | 08:30-16:30 ET | KMPG | Suite 1800, 150 Elgin Street | Ottawa, Ontario

Registration for in-person attendance is sold out.

Virtual attendance is still open:


08:00-08:30 Registration

08:30 - 08:55 Opening Fireside Chat

  • Minister of International Trade, Mary Ng

09:00-09:15 Morning Keynote

  • National Security and Intelligence Advisor Jody Thomas 

09:15-09:30 How Canadians See the World, Part 1

  • Frank Graves, EKOS

09:30-10:15 Can democracy survive? – moderated by Maureen Boyd

  • H.E. David Cohen, US Ambassador to Canada
  • David MacNaughton, Palantir and Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Bruce Stokes (virtual), German Marshall Fund of the United States

10:15-10:45 – Break

10:45-11:30  Ukraine: How does this end? – moderated by Retired Lieutenant-General D. Michael Day

  • H.E. Sabine Sparwasser, German Ambassador to Canada
  • Dr. Julian Lindley French (Virtual), Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • H.E. Yuliya Kovaliv, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada

11:30-12:15 Defending the Arctic? – moderated by Dr. David Perry

  • Retired Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, Royal Canadian Navy
  • Dr. Kate Hansen Bundt (virtual), Norwegian Atlantic Committee

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15-13:30 How Canadians See the World, Part 2 

  • Dr. David Coletto, Abacus Data

13:30-14:15 In a polarizing world, can we rebuild a Canadian consensus? – moderated by Dr. Ian Brodie

  • Kathleen Monk, Monk + Associates and Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • The Hon. John Manley, Bennett Jones and Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • The Hon. Peter MacKay, Deloitte and Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Yaroslav Baran, The Pendulum Group

14:15 – 14:45 Break  

14:45-15:30 How does Canada matter in the world economy: can we become world leaders? – moderated by Colin Robertson

  • The Hon. Anne McLellan, Coalition for a Better Future and Bennett Jones LLP.
  • Mark McQueen, The Wellington Group
  • Todd Winterhalt, Export Development Canada

15:30-16:15  The Indo-Pacific Strategy: How Do We Make it Work? – moderated by Trevor Kennedy

  • Rob Wright, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Cleo Paskal, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Vina Nadjibulla, University of British Columbia

16:15 Concluding Remarks

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Making sense of our complex world.
Déchiffrer la complexité de notre monde.


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