Michael F. Kergin, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and Canadian Ambassador to the United States 2000 - 2005
Michael is a former Canadian Ambassador to the United States (2000-2005) and to the Republic of Cuba (1986-1989). He was the foreign and defence policy advisor to Prime Minister Chretien, the equivalent of the National Security Advisor in the United States. His overseas assignments included three postings to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, and to Canadian Embassies in Cameroon and Chile.
After leaving government service, Michael founded the consulting firm Intermestic Consulting Inc., was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario for Border Management and as the negotiator for Ontario in the Canada-US softwood lumber dispute. He also served as the Canadian Commissioner on the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.
Michael is a senior Advisor to the Law Firm Bennett Jones LLP., providing strategic guidance to clients on international affairs.
He frequently participates in public policy panels on international affairs and on the future of North America relations. He is a regular commentator in the media.
Michael H. Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc., and Canadian Ambassador to the United States 2006 - 2009
Michael Wilson is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. building on 37 years experience in the investment business.
Previously, Mr. Wilson was Canada’s 22nd Ambassador to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009. Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG.
Before joining UBS in July 2001, Mr. Wilson was responsible for RBC Financial Group's Institutional Asset Management business and also served as a Vice Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities.
Mr. Wilson was elected to the House of Commons in 1979. In September 1984, he was appointed Minister of Finance. In May 1991, he became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade. During his tenure as a member of the Cabinet, Mr. Wilson had responsibility for the NAFTA negotiations and represented Canada at the G-7, IMF, World Bank, OECD, GATT and other international meetings.
Prior to his career in public life, Mr. Wilson's career was in investment banking with various responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. He was also Director of a number of companies including BP plc and Manulife Financial.
Mr. Wilson is currently Chancellor of the University of Toronto and chairs the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including Brain Canada, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He has received a number of awards for his work in these fields, as well as from The Conference Board of Canada, The Public Policy Forum, The Rotman School of Business and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
Mr. Wilson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Royal Military College of Canada.
Mr. Wilson is married to Margie. They have two children and five grandchildren. He also finds time for golf and powder skiing.