Club News

French Ambassador Addresses Club at Annual Meeting

frenchOn Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, the French Ambassador to Canada, Nicola Chapuis, addressed the Club at the Annual General Meeting. In his address, entitled "Global Challenges, Global Diplomacy", the Ambassador discussed how the world has evolved from a Westphalian order - one in which co-existing and competing sovereign states are checked by a balance of power - to one where the rule of international law and the benefits of multilateralism are challenges by non-state actors. In his insightful comments, the Ambassador outlined how diplomatic efforts must shift towards a more inclusive international system where each country and each individual finds its place and sees its rights duly respected.

The Amassador's address was preceded by both cocktails and the business components of the AGM. The Harvard Club was thrilled to host both the Ambassador and his wide, Madame Sylvie Chapuis, for dinner after the address at Le Cordon Bleu Signatures Restaurant. 



Génome Québec President and CEO addresses Club

3333On Thursday October 22, 2015 in the Main Lounge of the Rideau Club, Génome Québec President and CEO, Marc LePage, presented a stimulating lecture on Genomics and Your Future:  The surprising impact of genomics on your food, environment, and medicine.  The informative lecture was followed by a Q&A session, and then lively conversation over cocktails.  For further information about our speaker and the fascinating field of genomics, please go to Genome Quebec.








Book Launch by Melanie Adrian



Book Launch: Thursday, October 15, 2015


Author Meets Readers: Thursday, November 26, 2015


Dr. Melanie Adrian, Harvard Club of Ottawa Executive Member, will hold the launch of her new book entitled “Religious Freedom at Risk.  The EU, French Schools, and Why the Veil was Banned”.  The book explores the issues surrounding religious freedom in Europe, the work of the European Court of Human Rights in this area, multiculturalism and secularism in France, women in Islam, and Muslims in the West. The author argues that the right to religious freedom has been too narrowly understood and is being fenced in by static visions of Islam. This jeopardizes the idea of religious freedom more broadly.  By becoming entangled with regional and domestic politics, the European Court is neglecting important nuances and is jeopardizing secularism, pluralism and democracy. 



Cohen named Member of the Order of the British Empire



Ronald Cohen, Executive Vice President of the Harvard University Club of Ottawa, and author of Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill (London: Thoemmes-Continuum, 2006), was recently included on Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List with the recognition “Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)” for services to British history. Ron received this award from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace on October 6, 2015.  Ron is pictured outside Buckingham Palace with his wife, Wendy.


Ron Cohen also received the Farrow Award from the Churchill Centre (Chicago and London) in 2012 for his “magisterial three-volume work”.




HBS Prof. Norton Addresses Full House of Club Members


On May 12, 2015, Harvard Business School Professor Michael Norton addressed a full house of enthusiastic Ottawa Harvard Club members and guests with a lecture: Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending.  Dr. Norton’s lecture focused on whygiving to others for worthwhile causes makes you happy.  Dr. Norton’s TED talk on money and happiness has been viewed by over 3.2 million people!





After the Nigerian election, what will – and won’t – change



Friday, April 3, 2015

Peter Kieran, Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Ottawa and Chairman of both the Canadian-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa firm, CPCS Transcom Limited, comments on the impact of the Muhammadu Buhari election as President of Nigeria on both investment and the Nigerian economy in the following Globe and Mail article published:




Book Launch by Paul Roumeliotis



Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Harvard club of Ottawa member, recently held the launch of his new book entitled “Baby Comes Home”.  The book describes the vital changes that occur in an infant during the first 18 months of life, and explains why the early years are so important. It explores how tender, loving, and caring relationships help positively shape a baby’s brain.  The book launch was held at the Westin Hotel and was moderated by CTV-Ottawa’s Jeff Hopper.  






Melanie Adrian leads Scholars at Risk Network

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Dr. Melanie Adrian, Harvard club of Ottawa executive member and Chair of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) Carleton-Ottawa University joint committee, participated in the launch event for the Scholars at Risk Network.  The launch included a panel conversation with two current SAR scholars who are being hosted in Canada.  For more information about the SAR network, as well as comments by Dr. Adrian, please go to:




Mexican Ambassador welcomes the Harvard Club



The Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Francisco Suarez Davila and his wife, Diana Mogollon, graciously welcomed over 30 members of the Harvard Club of Ottawa to the Mexican residence on February 10, 2015. The group enjoyed abundant Mexican appetizers and wine from the Baja Peninsula while mingling with the Ambassador and diplomatic staff from the Mexican Embassy.

Francisco Suárez Davila holds a Law Degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge, King’s College. Over an accomplished career, the Ambassador has held numerous high profile positions in both the private and public sectors. His extensive academic career includes teaching economic policy and international relations at the UNAM, Iberoamericana University and at the Colegio de México. He has published numerous articles and co-authored several books.

The Ambassador presented a comprehensive, engaging, and synopsis about the history of Canada-Mexico relations, the current state of affairs between the countries as well as challenges and possibilities for the future. His talk covered everything from history, energy, economics, education, diplomacy, foreign policy, security and safety, tourism and culture. After a brief time of tequila tasting and desserts, the evening finished with a Q&A period and a final opportunity for informal conversation among guests.


Club explores the Presidency of JFK with Andrew Cohen


cohenOn January 28, 2015, the Harvard Club of Ottawa convened with the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club for an entertaining lecture from Andrew Cohen.  Mr. Cohen discussed his new book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History.

Mr. Cohen is an award-winning journalist and author who contributes regularly to the Ottawa Citizen.  He is a former foreign correspondent and editorialist with The Globe and Mail.  He has written several books, including While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the top 12 political books of the last 25 years.  Professor Cohen has taught at the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication since 2001, as well as the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

The evening was moderated by well-known author and Globe & Mail columnist Lawrence Martin.



Harvardwood Heroes Grant Giving Program


The Harvardwood Heroes Program, a Harvard University SIG, is now accepting applications! 

The program awards 2 - 4 grants of $500 each to Harvard students, staff, alumni, or faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to community service initiatives of their choice. Applicants can work with any non-profit organization or community service project, although priority is given to arts-related service.

The deadline to apply is December 12, 2014. Additional program details can be found here.