Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
1:00pm

The Art of Diplomacy

with Bruce and Vicki Heyman
Hosted by CTV's Evan Solomon

The Art of Diplomacy

with Bruce and Vicki Heyman
Hosted by CTV's Evan Solomon
4
Saturday
May
1:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Bruce and Vicki Heyman - Photo by Avenue Calgary, Shelley Arnusch

In The Art of Diplomacy: Strengthening the Canada-U.S. Relationship in Times of Uncertainty , the former US ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and his partner, Vicki Heyman, spell out why diplomacy and diplomats matter, especially in today’s turbulent times. This dynamic power couple arrived in Canada intent on representing American interests, but they quickly learned that to do so meant representing the shared interests of all citizens—no matter what side of the 49th parallel they happened to live on.

 

Bruce and Vicki narrate their three years in Canada spent journeying across the country and meeting Canadians from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fisherman, farmers, artists and entrepreneurs. They tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how their team helped bring Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the US. They also reveal the importance of creating cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the US, of promoting economic and trade interests, and overall, of making a lasting positive impact on one of the most important relationships in the free world today.

 

This politically poignant and heart-felt memoir is a call to action, a reminder that only by working together to protect our shared values—the environment, social justice and human rights—can nations build a better world for all. As their long-time friend and colleague President Obama once said, “The world needs more Canada.” At this key moment in history, when opposing nationalist and populist agendas threaten to divide us, The Art of Diplomacy reminds us to keep calm, to work together and to carry on.

 

 

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