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His Excellency David MacNaughton


David MacNaughton became ambassador of Canada to the United States on March 2, 2016. In the 1980s, Ambassador MacNaughton, a seasoned entrepreneur and political strategist, transformed the public affairs industry by building an organization that comprised of government relations, public opinion research and public relations. After selling his business in 1989, he became president of Canada’s largest government and public relations firm and subsequently North American president of the world’s largest public relations firm. 

From 1995 to 2003, Ambassador MacNaughton was president of Strathshore Financial and was an advisor to one of Canada’s leading investment banks. His public sector experience includes work at both the federal and provincial levels, including as advisor to the minister at the Departments of Transport, Industry and Foreign Affairs. He was principal secretary to the premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2005 and chairman of StrategyCorp from 2005 until his current appointment.

Active in community affairs, Ambassador MacNaughton has served on the boards of the North York General Hospital, the Stratford Festival, the National Ski Academy, TV Ontario, the Toronto French School and the Toronto International Film Festival.

He is married and has four daughters.


Contact Information

Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7726

Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/washington/