In the Resources section of the AMBCANADA website, you will find a collection of useful information on Canada’s international relations, including listings of publications by former heads of mission and other Canadian diplomats, links to international studies libraries, relevant speeches by political leaders and excerpts from conferences and round tables on international affairs.



Publications by Former Heads of Mission and Other Canadian Diplomats


Andrew, Arthur Julian. Defence by Other Means: Diplomacy for the Underdog. Toronto: Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1971.

Bartleman, James. On Six Continents: A Life in Canada’s Foreign Service, 1966-2002. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2005.

Brown, J. C. Gordon. Blazes Along a Diplomatic Trail: A Memoire of Four Posts in the Canadian Foreign Service. Victoria: Trafford, 2000.

Bruchési, Jean. Canada, Réalité d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. Montreal: Beauchemin, 1948.

Voyages … Mirages …. Montreal: Beauchemin, 1957.

Témoignages d’hier. Montreal: Fides, 1961.

Souvenir à vaincre. Montreal: Hurtubise, 1961.

Souvenir d’ambassade. Mémoires, 1959-1972. Montreal: Fides, 1976.

Burney, Derek Hudson. Getting it Done: A Memoir. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005.

— and Fen Osler Hampson. Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.

Cadieux, Marcel. Le diplomate canadien; elements d’une definition. Montreal: Fides, 1962.

Embruns. Montreal: le Cercle du livre de France, 1951.

Première armes. Montreal: le Cercle du livre de France, 1951.

Dandurand, Raoul and Marcel Hamelin. Raoul Dandurand, le sénateur-diplomate: Mémoires, (1861-1942). Sainte-Foy: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000.

Drake, Earl G. A Stubble-Jumper in Striped Pants: Memoirs of a Prairie Diplomat. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Ford, Robert Arthur Douglas. Our Man in Moscow: A Diplomat’s Reflections on the Soviet Union from Stalin to Brezhnev. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989.

Fowler, Robert R. A Season in Hell: My 130 days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2011.

Gotlieb, Allan E. Canadian Diplomacy in the 1980s: Leadership and Service. Toronto: Centre for International Studies, 1982.

Canadian Treaty-Making. Toronto: Butterworths, 1968.

“I’ll be with you in a minute, Mr Ambassador”: The Education of a Canadian Diplomat in Washington. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.

Disarmament and International Law: A Study of the Role of Law in the Disarmament Process. Toronto: Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1967.

The Washington Diaries, 1981-1989. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2007.

Graham, John W. Whose Man in Havana? Adventures from the Far Side of Diplomacy. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2015.

Ignatieff, George. The Making of a Peace Monger. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985.

General A.G.L. McNaughton: A Soldier in Diplomacy. Toronto: Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1967.

Johnston, Peter. Cooper’s Snoopers and Other Follies. Victoria: Trafford, 2002.

Heeney, Arnold. The Things that are Caesar’s: The Memoirs of a Canadian Public Servant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.

Heinbecker, Paul. Getting Back in the Game: A Foreign Policy Playbook for Canada. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2011.

Keenleyside, H.L. Canada and the United States: Some Aspects of the History of the Republic and the Dominion. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1929.

The Growth of Canadian Policies in External Affairs. Durham: Duke University Press, 1960.

International Aid: A Summary, with Special Reference to the Programmes of the United Nations. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1966.

Memoirs of Hugh L. Keenleyside. Vol. 1, Hammer the Golden Day. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1981.

Memoirs of Hugh L. Keenleyside. Vol. 2, On the Bridge of Time. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982.

LePan, Douglas. Bright Glass of Memory: A Set of four Memoirs. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1979.

Mulroney, David.  Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century. Toronto: Allen Lane, 2015.

Pardy, Gar. China in a Changing World. Kanata: Agora Books. 2020  

Pearson, Lester Bowles. Mike: The Memoirs of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson. 3 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972, 1973, 1975.

Reid, Escott. Radical Mandarin: the Memoirs of Escott Reid. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989.

Envoy to Nehru. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Hungary and Suez, 1956: a view from New Delhi. Ahmedabad: Allied Publishers, 1987.

On Duty: a Canadian at the making of the United Nations, 1945-1946. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1983.

Time of Fear and Hope: the Making of the North Atlantic Treaty, 1947-1949. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977.

Strengthening the World Bank. Chicago: Adlai Stevenson Institute, 1973.

The Revolution in Canadian foreign policy, 1947-1951. New Delhi, Indian Council of World Affairs, 1958.

Ritchie, Charles. Undiplomatic Diaries, 1937-1971. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2008.

Roberts, Peter. Raising Eyebrows: An Undiplomatic Memoirs. Ottawa: Golden Dog Press, 2000.

Robertson, Gordon. Memoirs of a Very Civil Servant: Mackenzie King to Pierre Trudeau. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Ronning, Chester. A Memoir of China in Revolution: From the Boxer Rebellion to the People’s Republic. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.

Smith, Arnold Cantwell. The We-They Frontier: From International Relations to World Politics. Leeds: University of Leeds Review, 1984.

— and Clyde Sanger. Stitches in Time: the Commonwealth in World Politics. Don Mills: General Publishing. 1981.

Wilgress, Leolyn Dana. Two years in Moscow: Canada’s ambassador speaks. Vancouver: Vancouver Council for Canadian Soviet Friendship, 1945.

Dana Wilgress: Memoirs. Toronto: Ryerson, 1967



Speeches by Political Leaders


Canada’s Role on the Global Stage

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, August 21, 2019.

PM Trudeau to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations

A Stronger Canada in a Turbulent World

Transcript of speech by The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition, to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, May 7 , 2019




Conferences and Round Tables


CCIC Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership: RHOMA Round Table (November 28, 2019) 

Here are remarks by Len Edwards at the RHOMA Round Table: Developing a Vision for a Comprehensive Canadian Foreign Policy at the Nexus of Trade, Security, Diplomacy and Aid: RHOMA-CCIC CONFERENCE REMARKS NOV 28 (01)



Canadian International Council, Victoria branch: The Future of Canadian Diplomacy (September 25, 2019)

“The Future of Canadian Diplomacy”, a timely panel coming just before the October federal election, that examines the current state of Canadian diplomacy, and future challenges facing the profession.

The panel features two former Canadian ambassadors, Jillian Stirk and Marc Lortie; Pam Isfeld, President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, and former CBC correspondent Patrick Brown, with an introduction from former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Phil Calvert. CIC Victoria President, Chris Kilford, is the moderator.

See it here on YouTube

Is Canada Back? Canadian Foreign Policy and the 2019 Election (June 5, 2019)

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Oliphant, Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic Erin O’Toole, NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Guy Caron and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May discuss Canadian foreign policy and the 2019 election.

This event was organized by the Centre for International Policy Studies, the Canadian International Council – National Capital Branch and the Canadian Retired Heads of Mission Association. (June 5, 2019)

See video:



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