Canada and Germany are both facing a world rife with geopolitical uncertainty, from weakened international institutions, to great power rivalry and rising authoritarian influence. These trends will likely continue over the coming months, despite a change of leadership in the United States.

Ottawa and Berlin, in tandem with other key allies and partners, must be ready to assume greater roles in maintaining and promoting transatlantic cooperation going forward. Unfortunately, the Canadian-European dimension of this broader alliance has been largely neglected. What should an expanded Canadian role in transatlantic relations look like? What new opportunities are there for cooperation between Canada and Germany?

Opening Remarks (pre-recorded)

  • Her Excellency, Sabine Sparwasser, Ambassador of Germany to Canada


  • Dr. Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
  • Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Mark Norman, Former Vice Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada
  • Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute (Moderator)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Zimmer, Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Bundestag

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