Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Three - Pluralism and International Aid



Canada's Foreign Policy - A Review: Episode Three - Pluralism and International Aid

September 12, 2016

On today's 'Global Exchange' Podcast, we have two foreign policy experts in conversation with Colin Robertson to discuss their contributions to our upcoming 'Foreign Policy Review' series. First, Colin speaks with Jillian Stirk, a former Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, about incorporating pluralism within the foreign policy of a country like Canada. Next, Colin speaks with Darren Schemmer, a former Canadian Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister, about how Canada can improve it's international aid agenda to obtain more significant results in the future.

The two papers mentioned in the Podcast are available at


  • Colin Robertson (host): A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP.
  • Jillian Stirk: Former Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, and public service executive with experience in international affairs, public policy, and multilateral negotiations.
  • Darren Schemmer: Formerly Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships with Canadians Branch at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFTAD). Mr. Schemmer has over 25 years of experience in international development and diplomacy, including assignments as Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo.

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