President’s Message

Abbie Dann, President of AMBCANADA

Welcome to the AMBCANADA Website! – newly refreshed just like our name –
the Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association (formerly the Retired Heads of Mission Association).

AMBCANADA is moving through an exciting period of transition – we are still
dedicated to building and serving the community of senior level professionals
who advanced Canadian diplomacy during their careers. At the same time, we
are becoming more active in reinforcing public and government understanding of
the critical role that diplomacy plays in securing the well-being of Canada and
Canadians. Dynamic diplomacy underpins strong and effective foreign policy.
For AMBCANADA’s members – former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and
Consuls General who represented Canada around the world — this website has
become our virtual anchor during the pandemic period, along with monthly policy
webinars that reach out to our members across Canada and the globe. We also
recently embraced the Twitter universe, and are grateful to Board Director,
Gaston Barban, for his exceptional contribution to our cyber presence in the last
three years.

Visitors to the website can keep up-to-date on all our activities, like the newly
established Indigenous Scholarship Award with Carleton University, and the
upcoming second year of the Ambassadors of Note Awards. You can also follow
the highly informed contributions that our members continue to make on key
issues in international relations through our “AMBCANADA MEMBERS REACH
OUT” published monthly.

In our ‘Members-Only’ password-protected section, AMBCANADA members can
engage in our interactive discussion FORUM – with its diverse topics — and also
access any of the exclusive live webinars they may have missed, through our
private YouTube channel.

So do keep an eye on AMBCANADA’s website, as we bring you the news about
our evolving Association. And most importantly, hang in and stay safe.

With Warm Regards,

Abbie Dann – President



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