National Capital Region Luncheons

Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Gatineau, Quebec

National Capital Region Luncheons

AMBCANADA holds regular luncheons for members in the National Capital Region, usually on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 pm at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.

As members are aware, monthly AMBCANADA luncheons are governed by what is known as “The Chatham House Rule“. This Rule states that participants are free to use the information received, but that there must be no attribution. Speaking notes may be made available, with the speaker’s consent, but the Chatham House Rule still then applies to the verbal rendition and to the question and answer period.

As always, spouses, associate members and guests are cordially invited to attend. If you wish to invite someone who is not a member of AMBCANADA, please remind them of the Chatham House Rule.


2023 Luncheons/Events

May 23     Luncheon and Hybrid Webinar

Our guest speaker will be Ambassador Sébastien Carrière, who will be speaking on “Canada and Haiti: Some Strategic Considerations”.

Sébastien Carrière has been Ambassador to Haiti since October 2021 and was appointed Personal Representative of the Prime Minister to La Francophonie in March 2023. A graduate of Laval University in Political Science and the Harvard Kennedy School in Public Leadership, Mr. Carrière was previously Executive Director of the Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Space Branch, Director of the Maghreb and Middle East, North Africa and Arabian Peninsula Trade Branch, and held other management positions at Global Affairs Canada on Haiti, in Strategic Planning and Performance, and Intergovernmental Relations, as well as serving in Dakar, Senegal. Biographical note

The moderator  will be Patricia Fortier. Biographical note

FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LUNCHEON: The luncheon will take place on  Tuesday, May 23rd, at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club on Aylmer Road at 12 (noon) for drinks .  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm. The cost for the two-course meal is $38.00 per person.  Attendance confirmation is required, by email to no later than May 19th.  The deadline for cancellation is 12 noon the day before the luncheon  

Please note: the venue has a new policy where late registration and walk-ins will no longer be accepted  

FOR THOSE JOINING THE WEBINAR: The webinar will start at 13:15 EDT.  You must register in advance to be able to participate.Register here for the webinar   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar



2022  Luncheons/Events

September 21 

Our guest speaker will be Marta Morgan, who was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs until her retirement on August 31, 2022

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FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE LUNCHEON: Our inaugural luncheon following a two-plus years hiatus due to COVID-19, will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club on Aylmer Road at 12 (noon) for drinks. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm. The cost is $38.00 per person.  Please confirm your attendance by email to no later than September 16th.  The deadline for cancellation is 12 noon the day before the luncheon. 

FOR THOSE JOINING THE WEBINAR:  Please register for the webinar and log on before 1:15 EST, using the following link:





The 8th annual AMBCANADA Writers’ Luncheon 





2018 Monthly Luncheons

  • November 21 –RHOMA Writers’ Luncheon.
  • October 17 – Denis Coderre, former mayor of Montreal and Cabinet minister under Prime Minister Paul Martin on the increasing role of cities in the world of diplomacy.
  • September 19 – Robert Giroux, President of the Ottawa Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees on “Take a break from following the NAFTA Talks… let’s talk NAFR.”
  • July 18 – Senator André Pratte on “What’s new at the Senate”.
  • June 20 – Jocelyn Coulon, author of “Un selfie avec Justin Trudeau” on “Canada in the world. Is Trudeau keeping his promises?”
  • May 23 – Catherine Cano, President and General Manager of CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel) on the role of a parliamentary channel and democracy.
  • April 18- Jonathan Fried, Personal Representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the G20 and Coordinator for International Economic Relations at Global Affairs Canada.
  • March 21 –  Daniel Jean, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, about his role and the challenges facing Canada when it comes to national security during these complicated times.
  • February 21 –  David Ljunggren, political correspondent at Reuters Canada.
  • January 17 – E., Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada, “Challenges and opportunities facing Germany and the European Union in 2018.”



2017 Monthly Luncheons

  • November 22 – Foreign Service Authors and Their Books.
  • October 18 – Ian Shugart, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, shared the current opportunities and challenges his department is facing .
  • September 20 – Greg Donaghy, Head of the Historical Section and Ms. Mary Halloran, Historical Section of Global Affairs Canada presented “Canada’s Department of External Affairs, Volume 3: Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984”.
  • July 19 – Guy Saint-Jacques,“2017: A delicate year for Chinese President Xi Jinping” and insights into the bilateral relations between Canada and China.
  • June 21 – a Financial Panel moderated by Michael Adams Senior Vice President at Brookfield Soundvest Capital Management Ltd., focusing on various aspects of financial planning.
  • May 10 – Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie on “Insights on Canada’s development policy and programs in light of today’s international context.
  • April 19  – Senator Peter Harder, Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • March 15– Gilles Rivard, “Lessons learned from the 2010 campaign to win a seat on the UN Security Council and how Canada must prepare for the 2020 election”. Mr. Rivard will be accompanied by Ms. Tamara Mawhinney, Executive Director, UN Security Council Campaign at Global Affairs Canada
  • February 15  – His Excellency Nicolás Lloreda-Ricaurte, Colombia’s Ambassador to Canada Insights on the Peace accords between his Government and the FARC, as well as on the ongoing negotiations with the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN)
  • January 18 –   Colin Robertson, Canada-US relations under new US Administration
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