Ambassador Heyman to Make First Keynote Address to Canadians

Recently-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Bruce A. Heyman, will deliver his first official speech to Canadians at a dinner event on June 2nd at the National Gallery of Canada. The event will be hosted by Canada 2020, Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank and the Embassy of the United States of America in Ottawa.

In a speech entitled, “The U.S. and Canada: Stronger Together,” Ambassador Heyman will discuss the potential growth areas for the Canada-U.S. relationship and his bilateral priorities for the future.

“Our enduring relationship has growth potential beyond our imagination,” said Ambassador Heyman. “The future of our shared economic potential lies in our ability to support each other in the creation of opportunity and jobs for all.”

“Canada 2020 is thrilled to welcome Ambassador Heyman to both Canada and our stage,” said Tim Barber, Co-Founder of Canada 2020. “We hear it often, and for good reason: the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, and Canada 2020 is happy to welcome Ambassador Heyman right at the forefront of a new era for our two countries.”

Joining Ambassador Heyman for a Q&A session following his speech will be Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States.

Details of the event:

  • What: Keynote speech by U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman
  • When: Monday, June 2nd 2014, 7:30 to 9:30 PM (speech time: 8:30 PM)
  • Where: National Gallery of Canada, in The Great Hall

Media risers and feedboxes will be provided for coverage. As well, the speech and Q&A will be livecasted online at, and live-tweeted from both Canada 2020 and the U.S. Embassy’s social media accounts. Media are invited to cover the event and are asked to register in advance with Canada 2020’s Alex Paterson at

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About U.S. Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

Bruce Heyman presented his letter of credence to the Governor General of Canada on April 8, 2014, having been confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 12, 2014, and having been sworn in on March 26, 2014. He is a 33 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as a regional managing director of the Midwest private wealth management group, which covers 13 states and half of Canada, from 1999 until December of 2013.

Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also served as an advisor to the Fix the Debt CEO Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He has been a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board.

A magna cum laude graduate with both a BA and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Heyman continues to maintain close ties to his alma mater. He is past president of the Alumni Board and a former member of the Board of Visitors at the university’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

He is married to the former Vicki Simons of Ashland, Kentucky. They have three grown children, David, Liza, and Caroline, and two grand-children, Emma and Clara.

About Canada 2020

Canada 2020 is Canada’s leading, independent, non-partisan progressive think-tank working to redefine the federal government for a modern Canada. Canada 2020 produces original research, hosts events, and starts conversations about Canada’s future. Canada 2020’s goal is to build a community of people and ideas that will move and shape governments. For more, visit, and follow Canada 2020 on Twitter and Facebook.