The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are pleased to present US Ambassador David Jacobson in a free public lecture at the CIGI Campus Auditorium on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

As part of CIGI’s Signature Lecture Series, Ambassador Jacobson will speak on the “Canada-US Innovation Partnership.”

Becoming the 22nd US ambassador to Canada in October 2009, Ambassador Jacobson has travelled extensively throughout Canada concentrating his efforts in four areas: expanding the bilateral trading relationship; improving the security and the efficiency of the border between Canada and the US; working to strike the proper balance between utilizing the vast and secure energy resources of Canada while preserving the environment; and fostering the shared values of the US and Canada around the world.

Prior to the 7 p.m. lecture, Ambassador Jacobson will be conversing privately with Master’s and PhD level students of the BSIA on life in the civil service and international governance issues.

For more details and to register for this event (including its free, live webcast), please visit: Members of the media are invited to attend by registering with Kevin Dias at [email protected].


CIGI-BSIA Signature Lecture with US Ambassador David Jacobson: The Canada-US Innovation Partnership


Wednesday, February 29, 2012


7-9 p.m.


The CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


US Ambassador David Jacobson presented his credentials to the Governor General of Canada on October 2, 2009, becoming the 22nd United States Ambassador to Canada. Before coming to Ottawa, Ambassador Jacobson served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Prior to his government service, he was a corporate lawyer in Chicago where he was active in civic and political affairs. Ambassador Jacobson received a J.D. from Georgetown University where he was the Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.S. from the Johns Hopkins University.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was launched in 2007 to offer graduate programs in global governance and international public policy. The Balsillie School is a collaborative initiative of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier).  With over 60 affiliated faculty teaching in the three programs, the Balsillie School will build on the current programming of the PhD in Global Governance (joint UW/Laurier), the MA in Global Governance (UW), and the Master’s in International Public Policy (Laurier).

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by philanthropist Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit


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