CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Roundtable on Canadian Disarmament Diplomacy (Online event)
June 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDTFree
Join the CIC National Capital Branch at this virtual live discussion: Roundtable on Canadian Disarmament Diplomacy
While geopolitical tensions are on the rise, major powers are engaging in nuclear and conventional arms races. The existing arms control and disarmament architecture is under great stress. What should Canada be doing to support cooperative rather than confrontational approaches to international security?
The CIC National Capital Branch will host a virtual roundtable on Canada’s disarmament diplomacy featuring three former diplomats, Peggy Mason, Jill Sinclair, and Paul Meyer, who will bring their extensive experience in the arms control and disarmament field to this discussion that will address the key challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian government today and in the future. This event will be moderated by world-renowned Canadian journalist Michael Petrou, professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa and Editor-in-Chief for Open Canada. Elizabeth Kingston, President of the CIC National Capital Branch will deliver the opening and closing remarks.
Peggy Mason is President of the Rideau Institute, a progressive think tank seeking to help revitalize Canada’s global role through creative, innovative and inclusive multilateralism, firmly grounded in the principles of the UN Charter. Ms. Mason’s career highlights diplomatic and specialist expertise in the field of international peace and security, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations, where she served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 to 1995. Since 1996 Ms. Mason has been involved in many aspects of UN peacekeeping training, including the development of ground-breaking UN principles on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters, the reform of UN arms embargoes and the dramatic evolution of UN peacekeeping in the 21st century. Until 2014, she regularly brought the UN political/diplomatic perspective to a range of UN, NATO and EU training exercises to help prepare military commanders for complex multidisciplinary peace and crisis stabilization operations. For 10 years Peggy Mason was a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, where she lectured, participated in training for Iraqi and Kuwaiti diplomats and chaired the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC). She has long been active in a range of Canadian non-governmental organizations engaged in foreign policy, peace building and global governance issues. A graduate of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, Peggy Mason was inducted into its Honour Society in September 2003. In October of 2019 Peggy Mason was elected Vice-Chair of the prestigious Canadian Pugwash Group. In June of 2020, she joined the Advisory Board of a new progressive foreign policy think tank, the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy.
Paul Meyer is Fellow in International Security and Adjunct Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (since 2011). Previously, Mr. Meyer had a 35-year career with the Canadian Foreign Service, including serving as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2003-2007). He is a Senior Advisor to ICT4Peace and the current Chair of the Canadian Pugwash Group. He teaches a course on diplomacy at SFU and writes on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, space security and international cyber security.
Jill Sinclair is Executive Director, External Engagement and Partnerships, at the Canadian Defence Academy of the Department of National Defence, where she was Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) from 2008 to 2014. From 2006 to 2008, Jill served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy at the Privy Council Office. Until 2006, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Jill worked respectively as Canada’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; Director General of International Security; Executive Director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty; Director General of Global Issues with responsibility for Canada’s human security initiative; and Director of the Non-Proliferations, Arms Control and Disarmament Division, leading the Ottawa Process that resulted in the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel landmines. She was Canada’s first Ambassador for Mine Action. She had postings in Prague, Havana and the Middle East. Jill is a graduate of Glendon College, York University in political science and history.
Michael Petrou is a historian and journalist who has reported from across the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. He is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa and Editor-in-Chief for Open Canada. He was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was previously a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program. He is now a fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Petrou holds a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford.
Elizabeth Kingston is the President of the CIC National Capital Branch. Now retired, she had a career of 35 years with the Parliament of Canada as a Procedural Clerk. She has held numerous positions including Clerk of the Standing Committees on Finance, Public Accounts, Aboriginal Affairs, Industry as well as the Special Joint Committee on the Meech Lake Accord. She has also served as Executive Secretary to the Canada – United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, the Canada-China and Canada-Japan Parliamentary Associations, the Canada-United Kingdom Parliamentary Association and the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Elizabeth also served as Executive Secretary to the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), which serves to strengthen the participation of women in politics, government and society. Elizabeth served as both a short term and long-term observer for the presidential, then parliamentary elections in Ukraine in the spring and summer of 2019. Elizabeth recently returned from Guyana and Ukraine as an election observer for their elections in January and November 2020. Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in French Literature and is presently working on a Master’s degree in Theology.
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