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Ambassador’s Message

Friends, Partners, Allies

For over 150 years, Canada has had no closer friend and ally than the United States. On behalf of the Government of Canada, let me reaffirm our commitment to working with you to make our two countries safer and more prosperous.

Canada and the U.S. are steadfast allies, working together to protect our homelands while partnering on global peace and security. Our law enforcement agencies collaborate at the border to share information and track known threats. At home and abroad, Canada’s military men and women serve alongside their U.S. peers, leading in the global fight against terrorism, responding to humanitarian and natural disasters, and protecting vulnerable communities from acts of aggression. I can think of no better example of this security collaboration than the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018.

For the last 25 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has supported millions of well-paying jobs in the U.S. and Canada, and contributed to the full integration of our economies. We have an opportunity this Congress to bring NAFTA into the 21st Century by ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This new agreement builds on NAFTA’s successes and will help ensure the benefits of trade will be more widely shared.

Canada is the United States’ largest and most secure energy supplier. Our energy infrastructure and commitment to innovation contributes to economic growth and good jobs on both sides of the border. As we use our resources to power both of our countries, we also share a deep resolve to protect our continent’s natural beauty through sound environmental stewardship.

It is a privilege to serve as Canada’s representative to the United States. Canada’s embassy and consulates general across the country are here to work with you to advance our bilateral relationship together.

– Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton

Biography

Canada’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. David MacNaughton, presented his credentials to President Obama on March 3, 2016.

As a seasoned entrepreneur and political strategist, Mr. MacNaughton brings a unique set of skills and experiences to his new role as Ambassador.

In the 1980s, Mr. MacNaughton transformed the public affairs industry by building an organization that comprised government relations, public opinion research and public relations. After selling his business in 1989, Mr. MacNaughton became President of Canada’s largest government and public relations firm and subsequently North American President of the world’s largest public relations firm. From 1995 until 2003, Mr. MacNaughton was President of Strathshore Financial and was an advisor to one of Canada’s leading investment banks.

Mr. MacNaughton’s public sector experience includes work at both the federal and provincial levels, including as advisor to the Minister at the Departments of Transport, Industry and Foreign Affairs. He was principal secretary to the Premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2005 and the Chairman of StrategyCorp from 2005 until his appointment.

Active in community affairs, Mr. MacNaughton has served on the boards of the North York General Hospital, the Stratford Festival, the National Ski Academy, TV Ontario, the Toronto French School and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Mr. MacNaughton is married and has four daughters.