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Leadership succession at CIIA headquarters.

Reflecting the other day on my experiences over four years as President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA), my principle reaction was one of enjoyment. I enjoyed working with all of my colleagues at our Toronto headquarters. I enjoyed working with the Board, especially the two chairmen under whom I have served--Peter White and Alan Broadbent. It has been a pleasure to be associated with members and branch executives across the country and gratifying to be involved with our corporate and institutional donors. My second reflection was one of gratitude to all our supporters and to the many others across Canada who joined in the effort to revitalize this venerable and lively institution. I think that together we have made real progress, though much remains to be done.

At my first AGM on May 26, 1995, I said that my underlying goal would be to sustain the CIIA, not only as a distinguished institution with a full range of activities and publications more relevant and focussed than before, but also as an economically viable organization with a substantial national profile. I think those goals have been largely achieved.

There is, however, still more to do. New technology keeps shrinking the world, while complexity, like interest, compounds. The CIIA cannot, of course, solve the world's problems, or even begin to explain all of their implications. It can, however, make a difference for the attentive public and those seeking to understand and learn about the significant issues of our time. Equipped with a better understanding of Canada's role and place in a changing world, our members can in turn help their neighbours, their families, and their co-workers better grasp the impact of global developments on their lives and futures.

I am retiring because I believe deeply in the Institute's role in this ocuntry - past, present and future. But I believe that I have made my contibution and I do not want any sense of weariness to be reflected in the voice or the mission of the CIIA. I thus decided that the time had come for a fresh voice and for renewed enthusiasm. As an important and continuing player in Canada's history, the CIIA deserves no less. And with Barbara McDougall as my successor, I leave knowing that the Institute is in good hands.

The appointment of the Honourable Barbara McDougall, PC, CFA, LLD, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, took effect 1 February 1999. `I am very pleased to accept this appointment at a time of such exceptional challenge and opportunity for Canada in the international arena,' said Mrs McDougall. `I look forward to working closely with government, business, the academic community and non-governmental organizations to stimulate public interest and debate on a wide range of international issues. The CIIA has established throughout its history a reputation for excellence which is the foundation for a bright future.'

Mrs McDougall has held several senior ministerial posts in the federal government, including Secretary of State for External Affairs, Minister of Employment and Immigration, and Minister of State for Finance. Associated with a number of high-level international consultative and advisory bodies, including the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue, the International Crisis Group in London, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Mrs. McDougall brings to the CIIA a wide-ranging network of linkages to related organizations around the world. `Barbara McDougall is uniquely qualified to lead the CIIA into the next century,' said Chairman Alan Broadbent.

Following her retirement from politics in 1993, Mrs McDougall resumed her career in the business community. She will continue to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust, and as a Director of AT&T Canada, the Corel Corporation, and the Independent Order of Foresters. She is a Governor of York University, Chairperson of the Japan Society, a Director of the Canadian Opera Company and the Council for Canadian Unity. In 1998 she was the Chairperson of the Patron's Council for the fiftieth anniversary of the Toronto Association for Community Living, an organization dedicated to the well-being of the developmentally handicapped.

The staff of the Institute's national office look forward to working closely with the new President, and greatly appreciate the enduring contribution made by Mr Sullivan.
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