Rosemary McCarney

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Rosemary McCarney is an award-winning humanitarian, business leader, author, and a recognized public speaker and media commentator. Her extensive career in law, business, academia, the not-for-profit sector, and diplomacy has taken her to over 100 countries. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations. She was the first Executive Director of the Canada United States Law Institute, has practised law in the United States and Canada, and has held executive positions in the technology sector and in civil society. In 2005, she became the CEO of Plan Canada International, one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada.

In 2015 she was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. On her return to Canada, she joined Trinity College as the inaugural Pearson Sabia Visiting Scholar in International Relations and was named the Graham Massey Senior Distinguished Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy. She lectures in the IR Faculty at Trinity College in Multilateral Diplomacy and Global Governance.

She is a passionate multilateralist, as well as a committed advocate for human rights and human rights defenders and for the power of diplomacy, consensus building, and interdisciplinary perspectives to address the challenges of our time. Her award-winning series of children’s books, intended to make social justice and human rights issues accessible to young readers, have been translated and published around the world.

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