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CIC NCB Ottawa: Sports Diplomacy and the Paris Olympics

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

$15 à $30

The CIC National Capital (Ottawa) Branch’s Europe Study Group presents…


26 June 2024, 5:30 pm EST @ 150 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4



The June 26 talk presents a unique opportunity to discuss ‘Sports Diplomacy’ in the context of Global Sports, Climate Change + Security at the Summer Olympics in Paris: The Olympics offer host governments unique risks + opportunities to pursue national interests through the power + prestige of ‘Sports Diplomacy’, both on the world stage and behind the scenes. For the July 26-August 11, 2024 Olympics in Paris ’the most’ defines what is already the world’s top tourism destination.

When taking on these Games for the 3rd time after those in 1900 and 1924 (a commitment taken in Sept. 2017, early in Macron’s presidency), France knew that the Games could drive national ambitions including more equitable housing (the Olympic Village has been built in Paris’ poorest district) + their climate change agenda (for the laurel of ‘most green’ sustainable eco-friendly Games, with high profile commitments to clean up the Seine after a century, in time for the world watching aquatic competitions. Already, thanks to the Olympics, Paris has achieved 1400 km of cycle lanes ).

Moreover, the Paris Games will be the most watched: about 15 million spectators in person by avid sports fans, or online by the entire nation (for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, over 90 % of Canadians tuned in for the Opening Ceremonies), and live-streamed to billions of global viewers. It will also be closely watched not only by economic and trade competitor governments, but also by security experts expecting unprecedented disruption attempts (levels of high tech deployed will be breakthrough). The high-stakes Paris Olympics will also be the focus of human rights activists seeking global megaphones.



1. Michel Miraillet: Ambassadeur de France au Canada

Né en 1960, Michel Miraillet a été le directeur général de la mondialisation, de la culture, de l’enseignement et de la coopération internationale du ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères et le sous-sherpa G7/G20 de mars 2020 à septembre 2022. Il était précédemment ambassadeur de France auprès de la République fédérative du Brésil depuis le 5 septembre 2017, et auparavant ambassadeur auprès de l’Etat des Emirats arabes unis, de novembre 2013 à juillet 2017. Il aoccupé les fonctions de directeur des affaires stratégiques et le directeur de la politique de défense du ministère français de la défense de septembre 2007 à juillet 2013.

Diplomate de carrière, il a occupé, avant de rejoindre le ministère de la défense, les fonctions de directeur des affaires internationales et stratégiques du secrétariat général de la défense nationale, l’un des services du Premier ministre, en charge de la coordination de l’action gouvernementale  sur les questions relatives à la sécurité intérieure et extérieure de la France.

Comme diplomate, Michel Miraillet a occupé plusieurs postes à l’étranger : ministre-conseiller de l’ambassade de France en Israël (2001-2004), conseiller politique à la représentation permanente de la France auprès du Conseil de l’Atlantique Nord (1997-2000), conseiller politique au Caire (1995-1997) et conseiller auprès de la mission permanente des Nations Unies à New York en charge des questions de désarmement, de sécurité et du suivi des activités de l’UNSCOM (1992-1995).

De 1998 à 1992, il a occupé les fonctions  de responsable des dossiers Iran/Irak et d’adjoint au sous-directeur en charge des transferts sensibles et du contrôle des exportations d’armement. De 2004 à 2006, il rejoint la direction générale de l’administration du Quai d’Orsay comme sous-directeur des personnels.

Michel Miraillet a été membre des commissions de rédaction du livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale publié en 2008 et en 2013.

Il est ancien élève de l’ENA, de l’Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris et de diverses universités parisiennes (maîtrises de droit, troisième cycle de gestion des marchés financiers).

2. Lois Betteridge: Canadian athlete heading to Paris 2024 Olympics

A proud Ottawa native, Lois Betteridge has always loved spending time outdoors. Born into a canoeing family, she was introduced to whitewater at a young age which later led her to the sport of canoe slalom. She made the junior national team in 2015 and has represented Canada every year since. Sport has sent Lois all around the world having visited over 20 countries on 5 continents. Lois has learned the importance of resilience, persistence, and diplomacy from experiences such as fighting for equality and the inclusion of women’s canoe in the Olympic program. She recently qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in which she will be competing in all three whitewater disciplines.



David G. Adam: former Ambassador of Sport, promoting Canada hosting major events such as the Olympic / PanAm Games

David Adam was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1941, and attended the Lawrence Park Collegiate in Toronto. He was graduated from the Huron University in London, Ontario with an Honours B.A. in English Literature and History, and the University of Toronto with a J.D. Doctor Juris in Law.

He entered the diplomatic service of the government of Canada in 1968. His early professional career focused on trade development to assist Canadian business export their goods and services, and trade policy issues to improve Canadian access to international markets. He was posted to Canadian diplomatic missions at the United Nations in New York, New Delhi, Santiago de Chile, where following the golpe in 1973 he granted asylum to many Chilean dissidents. In later years he served in Caracas, Venezuela, and in domestic assignments including Director for Western Europe, Director for Import and Export Controls, and Director General for Investment Promotion. In 1990 he was assigned to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City as Deputy Head of Mission where he participated in the NAFTA negotiations among Canada, Mexico, and the United States. At various times during his career, he was sous Sherpa to the Summit of the Americas in 1994, senior departmental advisor to the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of State for Latin America.

In 1994 he was named Ambassador for Sport in which he promoted Winnipeg for the 1999 Pan American Games, Toronto for the 2008 Olympic Games, and attended various Olympic and Pan American games as Official Representative. From 1995 to 1998 he was Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador, and from 2002 to 2005 he was Canadian Ambassador to Panama. He retired from the diplomatic service in 2005. After his retirement he worked in the Privy Council Office as a political and security consultant on Latin America.

He has always maintained a keen interest in competitive sport playing Rugby Union from 1962 to 1982 in many countries. In recent years much to his regret he has had to be content with tennis and golf.

Mr. Adam is married to Dr. Tatiana Jilkina and has a married son and grandson.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.



This event will be held in-person, and it is open to everyone!

To register, please purchase a ticket on Eventbrite (click here). Tickets cost $20 for CIC members, $30 for non-members, and $15 for students. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.


June 26
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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