The Dialogue with Diplomats series is a one-of-a-kind series that features women heads of the diplomatic community serving in Singapore. The series aims to highlight these women in leadership in various fields as role models to inspire young women to help broaden their horizons and fuel their aspirations to rise to leadership roles in fields of their choosing.
In this first event of the series, we have the pleasure of hosting Her Excellency Lynn McDonald, Canada High Commissioner to Singapore and Her Excellency Jo Tyndall, New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore.
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About the speakers
Her Excellency Lynn McDonald: Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. McDonald is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom (IB, 1987) as well as of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College (BA High Distinction, International Relations & Economics, 1991) and Faculty of Law (LLB, 1994). She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and joined Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in 1996.
During her time in Ottawa, Ms. McDonald worked in the Legal Bureau, the Trade Law Bureau, and the Trade Policy Bureau of GAC. In her most recent assignment at GAC headquarters, she served as the Director of the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division (TMI) where she oversaw the negotiation of the intellectual property provisions of Canada’s bilateral and multilateral trade agreements (2011-2014). Her positions overseas have included as legal advisor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1999-2002) and Counsellor and Head of the trade policy section at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. (2005-2009). Her most recent assignment abroad was as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao (2014-2016).
Ms. McDonald is married and has two children.
Her Excellency Jo Tyndall: Ms. Jo Tyndall was most recently New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador. From 2016 to December 2018, she also co-chaired the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). As Climate Change Ambassador, she was head of delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from July 2010 to March 2016.
From 2014 -2015, she held a Vice President position on the Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, representing the regional grouping of Western European and Other States.
Prior to her role as Climate Change Ambassador, Ms Tyndall was Director of the Broadcasting Unit in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. From 1999 to 2006, she was Chief Executive of the broadcasting funding body, NZ On Air. She has also served as Chief Executive of two screen industry organisations – the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and Project Blue Sky (1994 to 1999).
Ms Tyndall began her career as a multilateral trade policy specialist with the Department of Trade and Industry and subsequently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
To register for the event, please click here. Registration closes on 6th July 2021.