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Guest Speaker in HR 328: All HRHD students welcome (March 5th)

Guest Speaker in HR 328: All HRHD students welcome

Feb 27/14

HR328 Global Issues, Global Governance: The United Nations in the 21st Century will be holding a videoconference with Mr. Donald R. Mackay, who is posted at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. The session will take place in RCW202 On Wednesday March 5 1pm-2:20pm.
All HRHD students welcome to attend.

Mr. MacKay's Bio

A career foreign service officer, Donald R. Mackay is currently posted to the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. in the role of Economic Counsellor, where he has primary responsibility for macro-economic analysis of the U.S.; serves as the Embassy lead on G-8 and G-20 issues; is the chief liaison with Washington based international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Prior to 2007 Don took a 13 year sabbatical from the Canadian Foreign Service. During that time he served as Director of the Washington D.C. office of Carleton University's Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) (2005-2007) and Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) (2000-2005). FOCAL, which ceased operation in 2010, was Canada's leading independent, non-governmental, and not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Canada's relations with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From 1995-2000 Don served as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, and Deputy Director of the OAS Trade Unit. From 1993-1995 he was the Head of the NAFTA Section, Canadian Embassy, Mexico City. The NAFTA section of the Embassy was created in 1993 to implement the NAFTA agreement as it pertained to Canada and Mexico. The section was also the point of contact for the trade policy and economic relations elements of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Don also served as a member of the NAFTA negotiating team (1991-1993) in the areas of Services (Chapter 12); Telecommunications (Chapter 13); Financial Services (Chapter 14) and Temporary Entry (Chapter 16). In addition, Don was an assistant negotiator for Chapter 19 dealing with Antidumping and Countervailing Duties. After the negotiations, Don became the Acting Director of the office responsible for securing legislative passage of the NAFTA Implementing Act through the Canadian House of Commons and Senate.

He entered the Canadian Foreign Service in 1982 after completing graduate studies at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and has undertaken various assignments in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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