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. Their goal is to build a hive of organic local and cross border relationships in the areas of diplomacy politics, the arts, business, philanthropy, and media. 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: Strengthening the Canada-US Relationship in Times of Uncertainty

All over the world, diplomacy is under threat. Traditionally, diplomats have handled sensitive international negotiations through diplomatic channels, but increasingly incendiary tweets and bombastic public statements are posting a threat to foreign relations.

In 2019, Heyman, along with his wife, Vicki Heyman, published their highly-acclaimed and bestselling 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.

When Heyman arrived in Canada, he was intent on representing American interests, but quickly learned that to do so meant bringing together people of both countries around shared interests. This talk will focus on why diplomacy and diplomats matter.

An Uncharted Path: Canada-US Relations in the Trump Era

In this talk, former US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman will explore the US withdrawal from its traditional role in the world, creating opportunities and threats for our allies and adversaries that we are just beginning to come to terms with.

What are the implications if Donald Trump is re-elected and these extreme behaviors persist? How will this impact Canada and the values we historically held together? Will Canada move ahead without its next-door neighbor — and if so, what are the risks that go with that?

Best Friends: Strengthening the US-Canada Relationship

USMCA: Trade and the US-Canada Economies

Global Financial Markets

Contemporary Politics

Investment in Challenging Times

Leadership

Lessons Learned in Management