OTTAWA, June 14 2016 – Members of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNACanada) gathered from across the country in Ottawa over the week-end at its 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM). Convening at a time when the Canadian Government has declared its interest in pursuing a seat on the UN Security Council and in a more engaged role in the international body, brought renewed commitment to members.
As part of the AGM, UNA-Canada members elected new national Board of Director member. Françoise Bertrand, President & CEO, Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec), Montréal; Kyle Cameron, UNA-Canada Prince George BC Branch; Sheema Khan, Columnist, Globe & Mail and Patent Agent at Shapiro Cohen; and Guillermo Rishchynski, Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, who will take their places among continuing members. The Board will work closely with staff at the national office in Ottawa and across the country and with volunteer Branches across the country to advance the mandate to educate and engage Canadians on the United Nations and international issues of concern to us all.
On June 11, the Board elected a new executive: Chair of the Board, Françoise Bertrand; Vice Chair, Penny Collenette, Adjunct Law Professor and public policy commentator, and Michael Klosevych, CPA, CMA, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, as Secretary Treasurer. As new Chair, Mme Bertrand noted that she was “honoured to accept this responsibility, and excited at the opportunity to give back in this way. I look forward to build on the outstanding work of this highly regarded and effective national organization.”
Kathryn White, President & CEO of the UNA-Canada welcomed the new leadership team “Canada is a growing community of global citizens, increasingly ready to address the pressing challenges of our generation, and generations to come. UNA-Canada is committed to building bridges through youth leadership; inclusive, sustainable societies & contributing to peace.”
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The United Nations Association in Canada
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is an historic, national charitable organization providing a leading policy voice on multilateralism in Canada, with 25 000 members from coast to coast to coast. Established in 1946, UNA-Canada was a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Association and today holds the elected Vice-Chair, representing global civil society.
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all. We believe that a strong and effective United Nations is essential if we are to secure a future based on equality, dignity and justice for all. UNA-Canada is dedicated to promoting constructive Canadian participation in the United Nations system and to growing global citizens in Canada who embrace the principles of the UN Charter.
UNA-Canada engages citizens and decision makers at every level of Canadians society. We invest across generations, bringing empathy-based educational resources on health, citizen education, diversity, peace and the environment to both the best and the brightest and to most marginalized youth within Canada and in the world’s poorest countries.
We meet our mandate with a national network of branches, volunteers and education programmes that are inspiring and mobilizing Canadians in support of the principles and critical work of the UN. By growing global citizens, we are building a stronger, more outward looking Canada ready to accept the greatest challenges of our time.