Dear CERBA Members,
We are pleased to invite you to a member-only Round Table with H.E. Shawn Steil, Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan. Mr. Steil will be in Toronto with a brief visit. This is a unique opportunity to learn about business opportunities in Kazakhstan, to discuss questions of importance to your business and to make a connection for the future.
WHEN: June 22, 2016 | 9.30 - 11.00 am
WHERE: 77 King Street West, Suite 400, Toronto-Dominion Centre Toronto, ON M5K 0A1
ADMISSION FEE: free for CERBA members
Please note that advance registration for this event is mandatory.
Biographical Note: Ambassador Shawn Steil
BA [Anthropology and Environmental Science], McGill University, 1997
MEDes, University of Calgary, 2004
H.E. Shawn Steil was appointed Ambassador to Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in 2014. He began his career in Foreign Affairs working on security sector reform before back-to-back postings in China. In Beijing he was Executive Assistant to the Ambassador while reporting on China's foreign policy and managing relations with Mongolia. In 2006 he became head of the Consulate in Chongqing where he supported a rapid growth in Canadian engagement in Southwest China and coordinated Canada's on-the-ground response to the Wenchuan Earthquake. Immediately before his appointment, he was head of the Canadian Consulate General in Istanbul and Senior Trade Commissioner for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
He received his International Baccalaureate on a full scholarship to the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, a United World College near Victoria, British Columbia before volunteering in Costa Rica and Malaysia. He returned to Canada to complete a degree in anthropology at McGill University in Montréal, and completed award winning research on the social, economic and environmental impact of Three Gorges Dam in China, leading to a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.
Ambassador Steil is husband to Jean and father to two global nomads: Susannah and Theo.
Canada is represented in the Kyrgyz Republic and in Tajikistan by the Canadian Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan.