Bruce Heyman

Ambassador Bruce Heyman

Former US Ambassador to Canada | Author, The Art of Diplomacy

Bruce Heyman served as the US Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. His leadership emphasized the importance of the Canada-US relationship and pushed for more collaboration and cross-border investments. Today, he continues to work on strengthening the relationship between the two countries, serving as a strategic advisor to Canada 2020, a progressive Ottawa-based think tank. Drawing on his diplomatic background, Heyman shares insights into international relations and the art of diplomacy.

Heyman is often asked to provide insight on matters relating to the US economy, trade, and the US-Canada relationship for top media, including BNN Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business, CTV, and NPR. In 2019, he, along with his wife, Vicki Heyman, published their highly-acclaimed first book, The Art of Diplomacy. It is a personal and insightful call to action about one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world — Canada and the US — and why diplomacy matters now more than ever before.

The Heymans are the co-founders of Uncharted, a unique social enterprise that ignites meaningful change through community building. There, they combine their political, economic, and charitable experience to work on projects related to strengthening the US-Canada relationship, cooperative philanthropy, storytelling, and political activism. In addition, Heyman is a member of the advisory board to the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center, an honorary patron to the Council of the Great Lakes Region, and also sits on the advisory board for Uptake in Chicago.

Prior to becoming a US ambassador, Heyman spent 33 years at Goldman Sachs, where he served as partner and managing director in the Chicago office. He also previously served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as an advisor to the Fix the Debt CEO Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and as a member of The Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board.

A magna cum laude graduate with both a BA and an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Heyman was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business in both 2014 and 2016.


The Art of Diplomacy

As Canada’s top trade partner, the United States is a crucial part of our global success. In 2018 alone, trade between our two countries totaled an estimated $714.1 billion.

Bruce Heyman served as the US Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. This keynote is a personal and insightful call to action about one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world — the relationship between the US and Canada.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn why diplomacy between Canada and the US matters now more than ever before, especially in today’s turbulent times.
  • Discover the importance of promoting economic and trade interests between Canada and the US.
  • Hear former Ambassador Heyman’s perspective on the current and future state of Canada-US relations.