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Distinguished Canadian Address

The Distinguished Canadian Address recognizes select individuals who have made a profoundly positive contribution to Canadian public life. This initiative provides a forum that showcases professors, business leaders, and government officials who offer public lectures on a wide range of Canadian and Canada-U.S. issues. The highlight of this special event is a public address and may also feature a press conference, reception and President's Dinner. Keynote presentations are accompanied by question and answer periods.

2018 Featured Speaker

Dr. Kim Richard Nossal, Professor, Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University, will deliver the Distinguished Canadian Address, “The Trump Challenge: A New Era in Canadian-American Relations” on Thursday, February 8, 2018 beginning at 5:30 pm at the Valcour Inn and Boathouse, SUNY Plattsburgh. Seating is limited, and registration three days in advance is required.

Past Distinguished Speakers include:

March 2017: Ms. Phyllis Yaffe presented "Shared Border, Shared Values: the U.S.-Canada Relationship in the 21st Century."

October 2016: At the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Canadian Studies and the Center for the Study of Canada, Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO, Fulbright Canada delivered the Distinguished Canadian Address, "Geography, History, Economics and Security: Celebrating 50 Years of Shared Experiences."

March 2015: Mr. John F. Prato, Consul General of Canada in New York presented "Canada and the United States - Partners in Energy, Security, and Trade."

November 2012: Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO, Fulbright Canada delivered the Address, "Economics, Politics, Pipelines and the Election: Canada-U.S. Relations in an Increasingly Complex World"

November 2011: Mr. John Murray, Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada, presented "Canada's Post-Crisis Performance and Future Challenges"

January 2008: The Honorable Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States, discussed “Canada and the United States: Partners in Economic Prosperity and North American Security”

February 2006: The Honorable David H. Wilkins, United States Ambassador to Canada, presented on the importance of Canada-U.S. relations

October 2005: John Dieker, General Manager of Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh, addressed the topic of “World Leader Present, Right Here in Plattsburgh”

April 2004: The Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, focused on the comparative legal approaches and protections of human rights in Canada and the United States

March 2003: The Honorable Michael Kergin, Ambassador of Canada to the United States, presented on “Canada-U.S. Relations: Homeland Security, Economic Security, International Security.”

Sponsors & Supporters:

We are most grateful to The Development Corporation for sponsoring this series. The North Country Chamber of Commerce is also an excellent partner is achieving excellence in our Distinguished Address Series.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Christopher Kirkey, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Canada
Phone: (518) 564-2086
Fax: (518) 564-2112
Email: [email protected]

Center for the Study of Canada
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
133 Court St.,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901