Diversity in Diplomacy Series


The Diversity in Diplomacy series is jointly organized by the University of Alberta’s Intersections of Gender Signature Area, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, and University of Alberta International. In moderated online conversations, heads of diplomatic missions, such as Canadian and foreign ambassadors, high commissioners, and consuls general, are invited to reflect on their practice of foreign policy and diplomacy with a view on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in the diplomatic service.

Don't miss our next event:  Dec 7, 2020 | 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. MDT

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with Deborah Chatsis, former Canadian Ambassador

Deborah Chatsis is a member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation. She had a long and varied career in Ottawa and abroad as a member of Canada’s Foreign Service since 1989. During that time, she served in Beijing, Bogotá, Miami, Geneva, New York City, Hanoi, and Guatemala, from where she also covered Belize. She served as Canada’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Canada's Ambassador to Guatemala, and High Commissioner to Belize. At Headquarters, she served with the Legal Operations and Human Rights divisions as executive assistant to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Executive Director for South Asia Relations. Ms. Chatsis also served on secondment to Indian Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada as Senior Advisor with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the Privy Council Office as Senior Advisor with the Social Policy Development Secretariat.

In 2006, Ms. Chatsis received a Fulbright scholarship to attend Harvard University. She has also received awards from the Treasury Board and the Professional Association for Foreign Service Officers for her work on the Ottawa Landmines Treaty in 1998.

In a discussion moderated by Dr. Matthew Wildcat, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Faculty of Native Studies at UAlberta, Ms. Chatsis will speak to issues of diplomacy through the lens of her identity as an Indigenous woman.

The Diversity in Diplomacy series is open to interested students, faculty, and the public. Registration is required. For further information, please contact: alexander.kuznetsov@ualberta.ca.

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2020 Diversity in Diplomacy presentations:

  1. Diversity in Diplomacy: Working Around the Globe as an LGBT+ Diplomat 
    with Lucia C. Piazza, U.S. Consul General in Calgary 
  2. Diplomacy and Race: A Black Canadian Diplomat in the Southern U.S. 
    with Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada to the Southeastern United States