We are pleased to welcome both High Commissioners to lunch to meet members and discuss the political, trade and post-Brexit opportunities between UK and Canada. A short address from each will be followed by a lively question and answer session.

Janice Charette assumed her responsibilities as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on September 7, 2016. 

Prior to this, Mrs. Charette served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from October 2014 to January 2016 where she served as the principal public service advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister in addition to her role as head of the public service. Previously, she was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet as well as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Howard Drake was appointed British High Commissioner to Canada in June 2013. Prior to taking up his current position, Howard served as Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to Jamaica as well as non-resident British High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. From 2005 to 2009 Howard served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile.

His career in HM Diplomatic Service has focussed on political and commercial work, including heading the UK`s inward investment operation in the US from 1997 to 2002 and earlier political assignments in Singapore and Chile. In London Howard has worked on European Union affairs and counter-proliferation, and served as Assistant Director for Human Resources.

BEI Members: £75 + VAT
Non-members: £225 + VAT

Members of D Group should contact Talia Hawkins to register for the lunch