2018 started with a cocktail networking session at the Official Residence on 1st February 2018. The event was held slightly later than our usual New Year Reception. This was so that we could take advantage of meeting 2 visiting VIP's from Canada. Former Ambassador and GAC Assistant Deputy Minister Jill Stirk and University of Waterloo researcher Dr. Bessma Momami of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation coauthored a recent study called Diversity Dividend: Canada's Global Advantage. During the evening, they gave a summary of the findings and the recommendations they concluded. For those of you who missed the event, you can read the full report by following this link.
As usual, the NCCC were warmly received by the Canadian Ambassador, Ms Sabine Nolke and her staff. We were also treated to seeing wild deer on the property that were grazing quite close to the house.
You can see pictures from the event here.