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The Canada-UK Colloquium – People

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On the British side the Colloquia are organized by the Canada-United Kingdom Council which is a not-for-profit private company limited by guarantee, and a registered charity. The company changed its name from Canada-United Kingdom Colloquia in June 2013.

The Company, which is informally known as the British Committee of the CUKC, is organized with a membership from which an executive board, the Council of Management, is elected annually. The Canadian side is currently run by Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, which some years ago succeeded the Institute for Research on Public Policy. The organization and activity of the Colloquia are funded in part by the two governments and in part by sponsorship from the private sector.

The current members of the Council of Management are

Mr. Anthony Cary, Hon. President

Anthony Cary was a career diplomatic and served as British High Commissioner in Ottawa from 2007-2010. His previous posts included Head of Chris Patten’s cabinet in the European Commission and Ambassador to Sweden. He is currently Executive Director of a new partnership between Queen’s and Blyth Education to enable both adults and students to earn University credits on courses offered in international settings.

Mr Philip Peacock, Chairman

Philip Peacock is a solicitor and formerly a Senior Partner now a Consultant in the Westminster firm of Radcliffes LeBrasseur and was previously a partner in Lovell White & King (now Hogan Lovells). He was previously Treasurer of the CUKC and is now Chairman of the Canada-UK Council.

Mr. Peter Chenery, Treasurer

Peter Chenery spent his career with the British Council and was British Council Representative in Ottawa for five years. He is now the General Manager of The Royal Anniversary Trust, a charitable body that manages The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

Andrew Burns was British High Commissioner to Canada and until recently Chairman of the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues. In 2005-06 he was the International Governor on the Board of the BBC. He is President of the China Association and was also Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association.

Mr Nigel Bacon

Nigel Bacon is Executive Director of the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce in London and is also Vice Chairman of the Council for Foreign Chambers of Commerce in London. He is a Board Trustee of the Maple Leaf Trust a registered UK Charity which supports the Canadian community in the UK, the Veterans Support Committee and the Canadian Centennial Scholarships Fund.

Mr John Bridgeman CBE, TD

John Bridgeman was Director General of Fair Trading and now holds a number of Board appointments in the public and private sector. He is visiting Professor of Management at Keele University and at the University of Surrey.

Professor David Cope

David Cope retired as Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He was Executive Director of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, (UK CEED) at Cambridge from 1986 to 1996. In 1996, he was elected Professor of Energy Economics at Doshisha University, Kyoto, one of Japan’s leading private universities before returning to the UK in 1998.

Professor Klaus Dodds

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was the adviser to the 2010 Colloquium “The Arctic and Northern Dimensions of World Issues”.

Mr Tim Faithfull

Tim Faithfull was President and CEO of Shell Canada Ltd.  He is non-executive director of Canadian Pacific Railway and TransAlta Corporation in Canada and of AMEC Plc and The Shell Pensions Trust Ltd in the UK.

Baroness Fookes of Plymouth DBE, DL

Janet Fookes was Conservative Member of Parliament for Merton and Morden and then Plymouth Drake. She was Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and now serves as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.  She is the immediate past Chairman of the Canada-UK Colloquia.

Dr Geraldine Kenney-Wallace

Geraldine Kenney-Wallace has held important academic posts in the UK and Canada. She was Group Director, New Ventures, at City and Guilds and was the adviser to the 2008 Colloquium “Knowledge, Innovation and Skills for a Global Economy.”

Mr Nicolas Maclean CMG

Nicolas Maclean was a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.   Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of Prudential Corporation Asia Limited, following nearly thirty years as a banker, first with Schroders and later with Samuel Montagu and Robert Fleming. He is co-author of books on China, Japan, Mongolia and the Eurobond markets.

Andrew Rosindell MP

Andrew Rosindell MP is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Romford, Essex and Chairman of the UK-Canada All Party Parliamentary Group

Professor Itesh Sachdev

Itesh Sachdev is Professor of Language and Communication in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Mr George Edmonds-Brown, Executive Secretary


The Canadian side of the Canada-UK colloquia is organized by an ad hoc committee comprising a chair, an expert advisor, and a coordinator from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

The Honourable Hugh Segal

Hugh Segal is the chair of the committee. He is Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Mel Cappe, OC

Mel Cappe is the chair of the Advisory committee and Public Policy at Munk’s representative. He is a professor in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is a former deputy minister in a number of federal Canadian departments, and was Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 until 2006 he served as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. From 2006 to 2011, he was president and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Professor Randall Hansen

Randall Hansen is the representative from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is the interim director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, director of the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a professor in the Department of Political Science.

Tina Park
Canadian conference coordinator, University of Toronto