Diplomatic Chat Series: G7–7 Great Nations Setting the World Stage for Economic Growth and International Partnerships11:00am-1:45pm | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
As the 42nd G7 Summit, to be held in 2016, quickly approaches the Economic Club will host each G7 country’s respective Ambassador to Canada to discuss the economic landscapes pertaining to the global economy and economic growth/opportunities, foreign affairs, political relationships and international trade development.
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Bruce A. Heyman
Ambassador of United States of America to Canada
Bruce Heyman was confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 12, 2014. He is a 33 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as the managing director of the Private Wealth Management Group from 1999 until December of 2013.
Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also served as an advisor to the Fix the Debt CEO Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He has been a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board.
A magna cum laude graduate with both a BA and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Heyman continues to maintain close ties to his alma mater. He is past president of the Alumni Board and a former member of the Board of Visitors at the university’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
He is married to the former Vicki Simons of Ashland, Kentucky. They have three grown children, David, Liza, and Caroline, and two grand-children, Emma and Clara
Assistant Deputy Minister
Global Issues and Development Branch at Global Affairs Canada
Ms. Jacovella is responsible for leading the department’s policies and programs on a wide range of global issues to advance Canada’s prosperity and poverty-reduction agenda and ensure integrated advice and coherence on these global issues across the department.
In her role, she leads Canada’s institutional relationships and programming with multilateral and global organizations, including with the international financial institutions, the UN system, the Commonwealth, Francophonie, humanitarian organizations, and global partnerships.
She contributes to advancing Canadian priorities in the areas of sustainable economic growth; maternal, newborn and child health; nutrition; food security; global public health; education; child protection; child, early and forced marriage; gender equality; and, the environment. She also leads Canada’s response to humanitarian crises in developing countries.
Ms. Jacovella is also Canada’s G7 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa (FASS). In this capacity, she works with her FASS counterparts from the other G7 members, and Canada’s G7 Sherpa, to support the participation of the Prime Minister in annual G7 Summits.
Previously, Ms. Jacovella was the Vice-President, Multilateral and Global Programs at the Canadian International Development Agency. She has occupied various senior executive positions within the Canadian Public Service, at Health Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and the Privy Council Office.
Gian Lorenzo Cornado
Ambassador of Italy to Canada
1985-1987 Department of Social Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome
• 1987-1992 First Secretary at the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa, Canada
• 1992-1994 Consul of Italy in Toulouse, France
• 1994-1997 Department of Human Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome
• 1997-2000 Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York
• 2000-2004 Consul General of Italy in Montreal, Canada
• 2000-2004 Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal
• 2004-2005 Deputy Chief of the Secretary General's Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome
• 2005-2006 Chief of the United Nations Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome
• 2006-2008 Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Justice, Rome
• 2009-2010 Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York
• 2010-2012 Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington
• 2012-2013 Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rome
• 2013-present Ambassador, Embassy of Italy in Ottawa
Born in Brussels, married with Martine Laidin, one daughter named Giulia, Gian Lorenzo Cornado earned a degree in Political Science at the University LUISS in Rome in 1984
High Commissioner Howard Drake
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Canada
Howard Drake was appointed British High Commissioner to Canada in June 2013. Prior to taking up his current position, Howard served as Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to Jamaica as well as non-resident British High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
From 2005 to 2009 Howard served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile. His career in HM Diplomatic Service has focussed on political and commercial work, including heading the UK`s inward investment operation in the US from 1997 to 2002 and earlier political assignments in Singapore and Chile.
In London Howard has worked on European Union affairs and counter-
proliferation, and served as Assistant Director for Human Resources. Howard is married to Gill. They have a daughter and a son.
Ambassador of Japan to Canada
Name: Kenjiro MONJI
Date of Birth: August 17, 1952
March 1975 Graduated from the University
of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
April 1975 Entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs
January 1991 Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Belgium
August 1993 Director, International Agreements Division, Treaties Bureau
July 1995 Director, National Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau
January 1997 Councillor, Cabinet Councillor’s Office on External Affairs,
February 1999 Minister, Embassy of Japan in the UK
October 2001 Minister, Mission of Japan to the European Union
August 2003 Deputy Director-General, Treaties Bureau
July 2004 Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense
March 2007 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iraq
July 2008 Director-General Public Diplomacy Department
August 2010 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Qatar
September 2013 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO
February 2015 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada
Having been awarded the title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council, Ambassador Monji also promotes Japanese sake and food overseas
Ambassador of France to Canada
Born November 8, 1957 in Neuilly sur Seine, France
Married, two children
DEA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1997)
MA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1978)
BA in World History, University of Paris (1978)
BA in Mongolian Studies, INALCO, Paris (1977)
Weicker scholar, Saint Paul’s School, NH, USA (1971-1972)
Student at Mongolia State University, Oulan Bator (1978-79)
Fellow at Harvard University, Center For International Affairs (1987-88)
Fellow, Directors Management Seminar, Paris (2012)
Fellow, Leaders Program, SGMAP Paris (2013)
Foreign languages : English, Chinese, Mongol
1980-82 : Press Attaché, French Embassy in Beijing
1983-86 : Second Secretary (political section), French Embassy in Beijing
1986-87 : Desk officer for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Mongolia, MFA, Asia Dpt.
1987-88 : CFIA Fellow, Harvard University, USA
1988-89 : Desk officer for NATO & European Security, MFA, Political Affairs Dept.
1989-92 : Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, French Embassy in Beijing
1992-94 : Deputy Chief of Mission, French Embassy in Singapore
1994-95 : Personal Assistant to the Deputy General Secretary for European and Economic Affairs, MFA
1995-98 : Deputy Director (East Asia), Asia & Oceania Department, MFA.
1998-02 : Consul General in Shanghai (China)
2002-03 : First Counsellor (Cultural affairs), French Embassy in the United Kingdom
Director, Institut Français du Royaume-Uni
2003-05 : Ambassador of France to Mongolia
2005-09 : Minister Counsellor (Deputy Chief of Mission), French Embassy in Beijing
2009-10 : Prefect of the département des Hautes-Alpes (France)
2010-11 : Chief Coordinator, WikiLeaks Taskforce, MFA
2011-15 : Chief Information Officer, MFA
As of 4 February 2015 : Ambassador of France to Canada
14 Nov. 2001 Knight, French National Order of Merit
14 July 2006 Knight, French Legion of Honour
14 May 2013 Officer, French National Order of Merit
21 Jan. 2014 2013 CIO of the Year (Trophée Coup de coeur du Jury, 01 Business)
18 June 2014 2014 Public Manager of the Year
24 Nov. 2014 2014 Prix de l’Entreprise Collaborative (CEGOS)
Pablo F. G. Bréard
Vice-President Head of International Economics
Pablo Bréard is a senior officer of Scotiabank. Pablo manages a team of professionals focused on global economics and country intelligence. He provides advice to senior executive management on economic, political and financial risk factors affecting Scotiabank’s global operations. Pablo coordinates the production and distribution of research documents on global economic and foreign exchange markets.
He is also the Chief Latin American Economist and is responsible for Emerging Markets Intelligence. His position involves fundamental and technical sovereign risk analysis, institutional client development, international public speaking, frequent publishing of reports and extensive international traveling to support Scoitabank’s global businesses. Pablo is a frequent contributor to the broadcast networks and print media specialized in global finance and emerging markets.
Mr. Bréard completed the Executive Development Programme at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He taught a course on “Latin American Finance & Economics” at the International MBA Programme of York University (Canada) for eight years.
He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Belgrano University (Argentina) and an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mr. Bréard worked as a Senior Economist for the Royal-Dutch Shell Group as a Management Consultant in Strategy & Organization at Andersen Consulting.
Ambassador of Germany to Canada
Werner Wnendt was appointed Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada in September 2012.
Prior to assuming his present position, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
From 2005 until 2007, Mr. Wnendt was Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, having previously completed an assignment as Senior Deputy High Representative of the International Community to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2003 to 2005.
Between 2000 and 2003, Mr. Wnendt served as a foreign adviser to Germany's Federal President. From 1998, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy to the Czech Republic. Before that, he had been Chef de Cabinet to the Minister of State for European Integration in Germany's Federal Government from 1995.
Mr. Wnendt joined the German Foreign Service in 1980. He also held positions in missions to the European Union in Brussels, to the U.S., Pakistan and Kenya.
Mr. Wnendt studied geosciences and law and has a Master's Degree in geology. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked from 1976 until 1978 for the German Development Agency in Myanmar.
He is married and has five children