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A conversation about Canadian and Eurasian business

Icebreakers is the only podcast exploring the intersection of Canadian and Eurasian business, culture and personalities. Join Nathan Hunt as he hosts leaders, politicians, artists, and more as they reflect on the current state of Canadian and Eurasian cooperation and look to the future to speculate on what is to come. With each new episode, we discover new exciting stories, personal experiences and determine various opportunities to form a bilateral dialogue between our countries and people. Media Kit

Nathan Hunt,
Podcast Host

Nathan Hunt is one of the founders of CERBA and Chair of its Moscow Chapter. He graduated from the Russian Studies Department of Yale University and moved to Moscow in 1992. Nathan led the CERBA National Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, during which the Association extended its activity to Vancouver and Kazakhstan. He is fluent in the Russian language, enjoys skiing and a good discussion over a cup of coffee.



Breaking the Ice with Stockwell Day

On the inaugural episode of Icebreakers, Nathan is joined by Stockwell Day, an accomplished politician with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Stockwell reflects on his experiences visiting Eurasia during times of unprecedented, unparalleled change, in the early nineties, as things were “breaking open” and influencing the good, the bad and the ugly of social and economic transformation.


East by Far East with Ilya Lagutenko

On this episode of Icebreakers, Nathan is joined by Ilya Lagutenko, the founder and lead-singer of one of the Russia’s most popular and influential bands – Mumiy Troll - an accomplished and influential musician who has not only won accolades like GQ’s Musician of the Year, but has also had significant influence on the music, clothes, hairstyles and behaviour of Russian youth. Nathan and Ilya discuss his history growing up in Russia and becoming a musician.


Diplomacy of Canada-Eurasia collaboration

Today we are hosting Her Excellency Alison LeClaire, Ambassador of Canada to the Russian Federation, Republic of Uzbekistan and Republic of Armenia. During her career with Global Affairs Canada, she served as a Deputy Director of Policy Planning; Director of China, Mongolia and Taiwan relations; Senior Arctic official and Director General for the Arctic, Eurasian and European Affairs.

Opinion Disclaimer

The views and opinions expressed in the Podcast episodes are those of the invited guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CERBA or any of its Chapters, Directors, or members. The content of the Podcast should not been taken as representations designed to induce parties into business relationships or to recommend any related business activity or investment. CERBA is sensitive to the social content that may be included in the Podcast, and the expressed opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone.