Representing 50 countries, more than 100 new diplomats, including newly arrived ambassadors, high commissioners, deputy heads of mission, military attaches and other members of the diplomatic community attended the 6th Annual Orientation for Newly Arrived Diplomats at Carleton University’s River Building on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
The half-day orientation, presented by the Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement was conducted in partnership with the Ottawa Diplomatic Association (ODA) and the Parliamentary Centre.
New Diplomats Welcomed
The day opened with welcoming remarks provided by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan. Sessions touched on numerous important topics for new members of the diplomatic community, including one on Understanding Canada’s Parliamentary System. The session was focused on informing the new diplomats how to follow parliamentary business, committee work and to hear from those who work in the legislative body.
The parliamentary session was followed by a welcoming presentation from the Ottawa Diplomatic Association delivered by Diana MacKay, executive director of the Carleton University Global Academy and His Excellency Naif Bin Bandir AlSudairy, ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and president of the association.
Additional sessions included Effective Diplomacy in Ottawa – Best Practices, Engaging with Canadian Business and Engaging with the National Capital Region. These sessions were supported by the participation of national journalists, the CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau and Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte.