National We Day 2015

US Embassy Ottawa hosts We Day's Evening of Champions.
US Embassy Ottawa hosts We Day’s Evening of Champions.

Almost exactly one year after they made their first public appearance in Canada at National We Day, this morning in Ottawa U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, returned to the Canadian Tire Centre to take part in the event’s 2015 edition.

Speaking in front of more than 18,000 students and educators, the Heymans drew from their backgrounds in finance and philanthropy to answer questions from moderator and MuchMusic VJ Liz Trinnear covering a wide range of topics — not only the close bilateral relationship the United States and Canada enjoy, but also what tips the Heymans could offer young people starting out in their careers.

The Heymans were part of a diverse line-up that included Governor General David Johnston, award-winning actress Mia Farrow, event co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, and numerous other social activists, musicians, dancers, and motivational speakers. Students attending National We Day earned admission to the event by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of the “We Act” program.

In addition to attending today’s National We Day, the Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman hosted an event called “Evening of Champions” at the U.S. Embassy on March 31. Presented in association with We Day, the Evening of Champions rewarded particularly civic-minded local youth for their commitments to social change. The students enjoyed talks by the Heymans, We Day co-founder Craig Kielburger, and motivational speaker Spencer West, along with a musical performance by Canadian band Neverest.

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