United Nations Association of New York
The Consulate General of Canada in New York


Friends, Neighbours, Allies


Danièle Ayotte

Canada's Deputy Consul General to New York


Thursday, February 23, 2012

5:30 p.m. | Registration
6:00 p.m. | Presentation and Q+A
7:00 p.m. | Networking Reception w/ Food and Drinks

Canada Room
The Consulate General of Canada in New York
1251 Avenue of the Americas (Concourse Level)
New York, New York

General Admission: FREE

Join us for a look north at Canada—where the country stands politically, economically and culturally—and the dynamic of its uniquely successful partnership with the United States. Sharing the largest trading, energy and security relationships in the world, no two countries could be closer. But the distinctions may surprise.

Canada's Deputy Consul General in New York Danièle Ayotte will give insight on Canada, its global priorities and the dynamic of its current relationship with the U.S. Her presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions and conversation, as well as a reception where some distinctly Canadian cuisine will be served.

Danièle Ayotte has worked with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for more than 23 years.

Prior to becoming Deputy Consul General to New York in September 2010, Ms. Ayotte served as Regional Executive Coordinator, Latin America and Caribbean, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2008-10), and as Director General and Deputy Executive Coordinator, Secretariat for the Americas Strategy, in Ottawa (2007-08). In both capacities, she played a key role in developing and implementing Canada's enhanced engagement in the region. Prior to those assignments, Ms. Ayotte was Director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Division (2003-07) and Director of the Trade Policy Consultations and Liaison Division (1999-2003). 

In addition to her work in Haiti, Ms. Ayotte's experience abroad has included postings to Peru as Head of the Trade Program at the Canadian Embassy (1995-1998) and to Costa Rica where she also held responsibility for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama (1989-91). In the years prior to these postings, Ms. Ayotte's headquarters responsibilities included participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, handling bilateral commercial relations with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, and acting as an official spokesperson on trade issues.

Ms. Ayotte served on the Board of Directors of the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in International Business at Laval University in Quebec City from 2004 to 2007. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 1978 and speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently.

NOTE: Only UNA-NY Members have guaranteed seating to all our lecture events, and attend for free or pay the discounted Members' admission, while Student Members attend all events for free. While this evening's event is free for all attendees, in general our events are often fully booked, so we strongly encourage membership with UNA-NY to guarantee your seats! Why not take advantage?