The Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement seeks to increase the knowledge of parliamentarians as they consider legislation and issues affecting the governing of Canada and also of diplomats about the political and public policy issues facing Canada and the world.

The Initiative offers:

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Policy orientation for newly
elected Members of Parliament
Welcome orientation
for newly arrived diplomats
each fall
Policy briefings, seminars and
special events for
parliamentarians and staff
Ongoing policy orientation for
members of the diplomatic
community through special
events, briefings seminars and
networking opportunities
Ongoing policy orientation for members of the diplomatic community
through special events, briefings seminars and networking opportunities

Orientation events follow the traditional political and diplomatic calendar that begins in September. Ongoing policy events include panels and seminars followed by networking opportunities at locations including Carleton University, Parliament Hill, downtown venues and at select diplomatic residences. Some events are of primary interest either to diplomats or to parliamentarians and their staff, and others are of interest to and serve both communities.

Subjects have included affordable housing; a national food strategy; water policy; challenges facing Canada’s Arctic Council leadership; Canada’s future as an energy supplier; Canadian defence and security policy; Canada Arab relations; and trade negotiations.

Carleton Support

Carleton University’s Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement is supported by and calls upon the resources of five Carleton Faculties: Public Affairs; Arts and Social Sciences; Sprott School of Business; Science; and Engineering and Design. As Canada’s capital university, Carleton is strategically positioned and has the resources to offer this orientation using nationally recognized educators and leaders from within and outside the Carleton community.

Carleton offers high-quality, non-partisan, thought-provoking sessions that allow parliamentarians and diplomats to learn, discuss and network.

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

The Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement is attached to the renowned Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). For more than 40 years, NPSIA has trained Canada’s best and brightest graduate students in international affairs, many of whom have gone on to key leadership positions in the Canadian federal and provincial public service, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the private and not-for-profit sectors. NPSIA offers the most comprehensive, advanced degree programs in international affairs at the master’s and doctoral levels in Canada. The NPSIA program is interdisciplinary, reflecting the philosophy that exposure to a wide range of disciplines such as political science, economics, law, sociology, public health and history is necessary to develop an understanding of our complex global environment.