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Nov 06

What Now? A Post-election Review of Canada-US Relations

  • What Now? A Post-election Review of Canada-US Relations

The Annual Sylvia Ostry Lecture with David MacNaughton and Frank McKenna

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 eminent international experts on a pressing topic. Please join us for this year's Sylvia Ostry Lecture to hear firsthand from Frank McKenna and David MacNaughton.

Two former ambassadors to Washington unpack the US election outcome in the White House and in Congress. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Friday, November 6 as Frank McKenna and David MacNaughton examine what the results mean for Canada.

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David MacNaughton, Canada’s Former Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019); President, Palantir Canada

David MacNaughton became Canadian President of Palantir Technologies, a data analytics and software firm based in Palo Alto, in September 2019.  Prior to this appointment, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United States for three and a half years.  In his capacity as Ambassador, David was a key member of the Canadian team that renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement.  He travelled extensively in the United States and Canada, building support for Canada’s position in the negotiations and seeking input from Canadian Premiers and business and labour leaders across Canada.

David has had a long and successful career as an entrepreneur in the private sector in Canada, having built an international consulting company.  He has also served at a senior level in both federal and provincial governments, and spent several years as an advisor to one of Canada’s leading investment banks.  He has served on Boards of both private companies and not-for-profit organizations over the years.


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.

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:30 to 13:30 ET
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