National Capital Region Luncheons

Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Gatineau, Quebec

National Capital Region Luncheons

RHOMA holds monthly 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 (dates for 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 appear below).

As members are aware, monthly RHOMA 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.


2021  Luncheons/Events

The 6th annual AMBCANADA Writers’ Luncheon 


Robin Higham


University of Western Ontario Professor Neville Thompson – The Third Man, Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King and the untold friendship that won WWII 
            SHB Info Sheet – THE THIRD MAN.docx.pdf
Michael Wernick, former Clerk of the Privy Council – Governing Canada, A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics 

Links: 2021 Annual Writers’ Luncheon/Déjeuner annuel des auteurs – YouTube 


2020  Monthly Luncheons

CANCELLED: March 18: Joe Belliveau, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (Canada)

2019 Monthly Luncheons


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
© 2022, CANADIAN AMBASSADORS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION All Right Reserved | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Ottawa Web Design – WEBSHARK