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CIC Edmonton: Canadian Foreign Policy And The National Interest Post COVID-19

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST


From issues within global supply chains to shortcomings of international organizations, the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps and challenges in the international system.  Canada has not been immune to these impacts. These disruptions and challenges caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 spur the question of whether Canada should reassess Canadian foreign policy as well as what is in the national interest in a post COVID-19 world.

Are Canadian ambitions and priorities going to shift in a post-COVID-19 world or will Canada continue down the same path? What new challenges can Canada expect to face?  The Canadian International Council Edmonton Branch is being joined by a panel of experts to help us understand the future of Canadian foreign policy and the national interest. The panel includes:

Ann Fitz-Gerald is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science Department. Prof. Fitz-Gerald has acted as a Senior Security and Justice Adviser for the UK Government, was appointed as a Senior Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute in London,  and has work with a number of countries on issues relating to national security policy/strategy issues, including: Ukraine, Lebanon, Canada, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Botswana, Jamaica, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Albania, Montenegro and Nigeria. She has also supported internationally sponsored peace talks including support to the AU High Implementation Panel during the post-referendum peace talks between North and South Sudan.

Robert Murray is the President of the Grande Prairie Regional College. Prior to leading the GPRC, Dr. Murray was the managing director of the government practice group at Dentons Canada LLP where he counseled public-sector and private-sector organizations from a wide range of industries on strategic development and planning, organizational change, crisis and issues management, policy analysis and development, risk analysis and mitigation, governance and government affairs within Canada and globally.  Dr. Murray holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta as well as holds a Senior Fellowship at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

Stephen Wallace is the former Deputy of the Governor General of Canada and has a long career in public Service. Previously, Mr. Wallace spent many years with the Canadian International Development Agency, serving as vice-president of the Policy Branch and Afghanistan Task Force. His public policy assignments included the Special Joint Committee of Parliament Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy, as well as work on civil society with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As a senior public servant, Mr. Wallace also served as assistant secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat and associate deputy minister for the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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