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CANCELLED - Derek H. Burney & Fen Osler Hampson on "Braver Canada: Shaping Our Destiny in a Precarious World"

3:15-3:59pm check-in; 4:00pm sharp to 5:00pm book talk; 5:00-5:10pm book sale

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Date: Tuesday April 28, 2020 | 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Speaker(s): Derek H. Burney, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (1987-89); Canada's former Ambassador to the United States (1989-93); Co-Author

Fen Osler Hampson, Chancellor's Professor, Carleton University; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Co-Author
Topic: "Braver Canada: Shaping Our Destiny in a Precarious World" (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Apr. 16, 2020)

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Book Synopsis: The world is changing - geopolitically and economically - at an alarming fast pace. Populism, protectionism, and authoritarianism are on the rise. Braver Canada analyzes these and many other global shifts, offering provocative prescriptions for both the public and the private sectors. Reviewing the foreign policy challenges, achievements, and missteps of the Justin Trudeau government, Derek Burney and Fen Hampson argue that the country's leadership must craft a new approach to global affairs based on a solid grasp of current and emerging global political and economic realities. They focus on competitiveness, trade, energy, environment, and immigration and refugee issues, also discussing a recalibration of relations with China and India. Expanding on the ideas and policy recommendations in their previous book, Brave New Canada, which called for Canada to diversify its economic ties outside the United States, they note how the global and regional environment has shifted dramatically in recent years. A timely and compelling analysis, Braver Canada lays out the challenges for Canada in a rapidly changing, turbulent world and the strategies required for future prosperity.


Derek H. Burney is Chairman of Burney Investment Group. He has served in the Canadian foreign service, including seven years in Japan and three years as Ambassador to Korea as well as senior executive positions in the Department of External Affairs. As Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister (from 1987 to 1989), he was directly involved in the negotiation of the FTA with the United States. While he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United States (1989 to 1993) he served as the Prime Minister’s personal representative in preparing for the G‐7 Summits in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1993, he left the public service to take up an appointment as Chairman and CEO of Bell Canada International. From 1999 to 2004, he served as President and CEO of CAE Inc. During those years and since, he also has served as director of several other firms, Chancellor of Lakehead University and a Governor of the Ottawa Hospital. In early 2006, he headed the Conservative Transition Team and then served in 2007‐8 on the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future in Afghanistan. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of several honorary doctorates.

Fen Osler Hampson is former director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) (2000‐2012). He is currently chancellor’s professor and professor of International Affairs in the School. Professor Hampson served as director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) and is the executive director of the World Refugee Council. Professor Hampson holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also holds an MSc. (Econ.) degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hon.) from the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the author or co‐author of 14 books and editor or co‐editor of 30 other volumes. In addition, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on international affairs. He is the recipient of several major awards, including a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association, a research and writing award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace. He was recognized as one of the top 50 people influencing Canada’s foreign policy by Embassy Magazine in 2009. He is a frequent commentator and contributor in the national and international media. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, iPolitics, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on the BBC, CBC, CTV, and Global news networks.

Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119

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