U.S. Speaker Program for Canada

The U.S. Speaker Program for Canada, part of the Public Diplomacy Programs sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, is designed to connect U.S. experts with Canadian audiences and institutions through virtual and in-person exchanges; to promote a better understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies and institutions; and to build linkages between experts and institutions in the United States and Canada. The program provides opportunities for American experts to travel to Canada to engage with audiences through lectures, workshops, and seminars; through appearances in foreign media; and in a consultancy capacity and also to engage with local audiences through virtual events. 

The program began in the Fall of 2023 and provides the opportunity for U.S. experts to travel to cities in Canada for programs up to five-days long designed by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and other Consulates in cooperation with Meridian and other in-country partners. Speakers have addressed a variety of relevant topics including: foreign policy, cybersecurity, education and leadership, and others.  

Project summary

U.S. Speaker Program for Canada
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Canada, United States
Impact Areas: Youth Leadership Development, Education, Foreign Policy, Civic Engagement
Program Areas: Global Leadership