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Jan 21

What Now? The Outlook for Canada-US Relations Under the Biden Administration

The Annual Sylvia Ostry Lecture with Frank McKenna and The Hon. Pierre Pettigrew

Join the C.D. Howe Institute on January 21, the day after President-Elect Biden's inauguration, to hear an expert panel discuss what we can expect for Canada-US relations under a new president.

The Institute is deeply honoured to host the annual Sylvia Ostry Lecture to recognize the many accomplishments of Dr. Ostry, one of Canada’s foremost economists. The Sylvia Ostry Lecture, established in 1991, aims to raise the level of debate on trade and international policy by featuring an eminent international expert on a pressing topic. Please join us for this year's Sylvia Ostry Lecture to hear firsthand from Canada’s former Ambassador to Washington, Frank McKenna, and former Minister of International Trade, the Hon. Pierre Pettigrew.


C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.


Frank McKenna, Canada’s Former Ambassador to the United States (2005-2006); Deputy Chairman, Toronto Dominion Bank

Frank McKenna is one of Canada’s most respected political and business leaders.

He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick Law School. He was awarded a prestigious Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship in Law and has practiced in courtrooms all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He achieved widespread acclaim for his successful defence of Canadian boxing legend, Yvon Durelle.

He was elected Premier of New Brunswick in 1987 in a historic victory that left him with all 58 seats in the legislative assembly.

His time as a Premier was marked with widespread acclaim for balanced budgets and unprecedented job creation. He was the only politician in Canadian history to ever be named as Economic Developer of the Year and was inducted into the Canadian Technology Hall of Fame.

He retired ten years ago to the day of his original election and keeping his promise to the people of New Brunswick that he would only serve ten years.

Since leaving public life, he was in widespread demand as a Corporate Director and acted as Counsel to two national law firms. He was named by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to the Security Intelligence Review Committee. He was also inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

In 2005 he accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Paul Martin to become Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America.

Upon completing his time as Ambassador, he resumed his corporate career with TD Bank Group, one of North America's largest banks.   He also became the Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with $500 Billion in assets. Additionally, he became a Director of Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL), Canada’s largest oil and gas producer.

Mr. McKenna has a School of Public Policy named in his honor at St. Thomas University and the Frank McKenna Leadership Centre at St. Francis Xavier University.

His charitable work, particularly in Haiti, was rewarded with the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award.

Mr. McKenna is a Queen’s Counsel, Member of the Queen’s Privy Counsel, a Member of the Order of New Brunswick and a Member of the Order of Canada. He is the recipient of 15 Honorary Degrees.

He and his wife, Julie have three grown children.


The Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Executive Advisor, International, Deloitte; Chair of the Board, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Canada's Former Minister of International Trade

The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew is Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada. He is the Chair of the Board for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He was also the Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA).

Pierre has had success in both the public and private sectors. While a consultant at the Deloitte Montreal office from 1985-1995, he emerged as a strong voice for business on international trade issues and unity matters that brought him an appointment to the Federal cabinet in 1996.

Pierre served as a Minister for 10 years, most notably as Minister of Human Resources Development, as Minister for International Trade and Foreign Minister.

Pierre sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards. He is a member on the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

Pierre arbitrated a number of international trade disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.


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