The EU and Canada as Strategic Partners: Towards a New Generation Relationship

Time: 13:00 – 17:30
Location: National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9N4
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In light of the advancement of the EU–Canada cooperation framework through the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), the conference explains and highlights the depth and breadth of the bilateral relationship. It will encourage the exchange of views between EU and Canadian stakeholders, offering an opportunity to raise awareness of EU positions and policies. There will be presentations and discussions by high-level government officials, academics and practitioners to explore the EU Canada Strategic Partnership.


The SPA reflects the joint commitment to uphold and advance democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to work together to strengthen international peace and security, and effective multilateralism. Through it, the EU and Canada cooperate on global economic issues of common interest, on sustainable development, on energy security and efficiency, on the environment, and on tackling climate change.


The event will be opened by H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, EU Ambassador to Canada and Canada’s Chief SPA negotiator, Ms. Alex Bugailiskis. There will also be a keynote address by Ms Edita Hrda, Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS) and closing remarks by Ms. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau. There will also be two panel discussions taking place, one on the EU-Canada Relationship: Addressing Global Foreign Policy Challenges and the second on Global Cooperation on the Environment, Climate Change and Energy.

It will be an ideal occasion at which to demonstrate how EU-Canada strategic relations have evolved since 1976, and marking the special Europe Day celebrations.


Speeches and presentations

Bilingual Opening remarks by Ms Alexandra Bugailiskis

Speech by Mr Jonathan Wilkinson

Documents and links

EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Conference Proceedings
EU and Canada


Delegation of the European Union to Canada
Photo Gallery of the Symposium




12:30 – 13:00Registration of participants
13:00 – 13:25Opening remarks

H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada

Ms Alexandra Bugailiskis, Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb and Chief Negotiator of the Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement, Global Affairs Canada
13:25 – 13:40Keynote speech

Ms Edita Hrda, Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS)
13:40 – 14:50Panel 1: EU Canada Relationship - Addressing Global Foreign Policy Challenges

Moderator: Mr Morris Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs


Ms Edita Hrda, Managing Director, Americas, EEAS

Mr Vincent Rigby, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada

Mr Colin Robertson, Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI)

Dr David Carment, Professor of International Affairs, Carleton University Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and CGAI Fellow
14:50 – 15:10Questions and Answers
15:10 – 15:30Coffee break
15:30 – 16:40Panel 2: The EU-Canada Relationship - Global Cooperation on the Environment, Climate Change and Energy

Moderator: Mr Campbell Clark, Chief Political Writer, Globe and Mail


H.E. Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada

The Honourable Mr Ed Fast, MP – Former Trade Minister, currently Conservative Critic for Environment

Mr Jonathan Wilkinson, MP – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Mr. Jean-Arnold Vinois, Energy Adviser, Jacques Delors Institute
16:40 - 17:20Questions and Answers
17:20 – 17:30Closing Remarks

Ms Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MP – Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau

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