Dear CERBA members and friends,
CERBA Kazakhstan Chapter invites you to a
Breakfast Brief with H.E. Shawn Steil, Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
March 28, 2017 | Tuesday - Almaty
We are pleased to invite you to a Breakfast Brief with H.E. Shawn Steil, Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In 2017, Canada celebrates 25 years of official relations with Kazakhstan and most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as 150 years of Canadian Confederation. While these celebrations remind us how far we have come in developing our bilateral relations and our individual countries, they also remind us how fragile the gains can be and how important it is to persevere. Ambassador Steil will share his thoughts on the role Canada and Canadian businesses can play in supporting growth and development in Kazakhstan and beyond. Event language: English.
Shawn Perry Steil
Ambassador: term of appointment July 2014 to present
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.
In Kazakhstan, Ambassador Steil has rediscovered his passion for winter sports, especially hockey. He is husband to Jean and father to two global nomads: Susannah and Theo.
Program:Event venue: TBC, Almaty
9.00 - 9.30 am | Registration & Breakfast (preliminary request and self paid)
9.30 - 10.30 am | Ambassador remarks on Canada's engagement in Central Asia
10.30 - 11.30 am | Individual conversations and networking
RSVP: Taskyn Koshman, [email protected]
RSVP Deadline: 12:00 noon Friday, March 24, 2017
Please provide the following info when sending registration request: Name, Position, Company, Contact Phone
Space is limited, CERBA Members have a priority in registration!
Looking forward to seeing you at the event!