SENATOR HUGH SEGAL – New Chairman, NATO Council of Canada
Toronto, ON – At its Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2013, the NATO Council of Canada elected its new Chairman, Senator Hugh Segal, who takes over from The Hon. Bill Graham.
“It was an honour to serve as Chairman for the past five years, and I know that Senator Segal will lead the NATO Council onto even greater success”, Mr Graham said as he stepped down, adding that he would continue to contribute to the organization in a supporting role as Immediate Past Chairman.
Senator Segal, in accepting the position, stated both his appreciation for the confidence bestowed on him and his optimism for the future of the organization. “I look forward to serving this organization and its members, and continuing the legacy left by The Hon. Mr Graham”, he said.
Senator Segal has been a Director of the NATO Council of Canada for many years, and the Members and Directors of the NATO Council of Canada are delighted to welcome him as Chairman of the organization. They also thank The Hon. Bill Graham for his tremendous work and ongoing support.
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Hugh Segal joined the Canadian Senate in 2005, after four decades of public service which included Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Cabinet Secretary (Ontario) for Federal-Provincial Affairs and Policies and Priorities, Legislative Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition (Ottawa), President of the independent Institute for Research on Public Policy. Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, he is a former Chair and present member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. He headed a NATO parliamentary delegation to Washington and is a former Chair (Calgary 2004) of the annual Canada-UK Colloquium.
A University of Ottawa graduate in history, he is a Senior Fellow at the Queen’s Schools of Policy Studies and Business, the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield University’s Centre for Security Sector Management. He chaired the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies and was the founding Vice-Chair (Research) of the Canadian International Council. He sits on the Council of the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (Stockholm) and sat on the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London).
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