Colin Robertson, Senior strategic advisor, international law firm McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP

EVENT DATE: October 13, 2010
TOPIC: The Obama presidency, Tea Party movement and Mid-term Elections: how do they impact on Canada?

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is a senior strategic advisor for the international law firm McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP and works in Ottawa.  He is a senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  He is on the boards of Canada World Youth and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. He is president of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council.

With Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Mr. Robertson had been minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC; consul general in Los Angeles; and counsellor and consul in Hong Kong.  He has served at the Permanent Mission to Canada at the United Nations and the Consulate General in New York. He helped negotiate the Free Trade Agreement with the United States and later coordinated the NAFTA implementing legislation.