Special Presentation from Lucie Edwards about Canada’s Unique Position in the World
Join us at Blyth Academy Waterloo (260 King St. W., Kitchener) on May 3 at 7 pm for a special presentation from Lucie Edwards titled Sleeping with the Elephant: Surviving and Thriving Through the Trump Administration; Canada’s Unique Position in the World. Lucie Edwards’ last assignment in a 34 year career with Global Affairs Canada was as Chief Strategist, working to integrate foreign policy and program delivery. To mark her retirement, she was awarded the Department’s Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in 2009.
Lucie had previously served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Services (1996-1999), and Director General of the Global Issues Bureau (1995-1996). Overseas, she served as Canadian High Commissioner to India (2003-2006), South Africa (1999-2003) and Kenya (1993- 94). She was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence, its highest award, for her humanitarian work as Ambassador to Rwanda in 1995.
Throughout her career she has specialized in international development, with a particular interest in food security and rural poverty in Africa and Asia. Mrs. Edwards has played an active leadership role in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), notably serving as Chair of the World Agroforestry Centre from 1999 to 2003.
She currently serves as a Trustee of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, which is headquartered in Beijing. She is particularly active in promoting global public health as National Chair for Partners in Health Canada. Lucie teaches Global Politics, Canadian Foreign Policy and Environmental Policy in the Political Science Departments at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. A proud Trent alumna, she serves as a member of Trent’s Board of Governors.