TORONTO, Ont.–David MacNaughton will be appointed by the Governor General of Canada to become Canada’s next Ambassador to the United States, succeeding former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer. MacNaughton assumes this post after a 35-year career as a business executive and public affairs consultant, said a release.
“I’m honoured to become Canada’s diplomatic representative with our most important economic and national security partner,” said MacNaughton, Chairman of StrategyCorp.
“The relationship between Canada and the United States is as important today as it has ever been. I look forward to serving Prime Minister Trudeau, the Government of Canada, and the Canadian people to ensure we expand and deepen our productive and constructive relationship with our closest ally and neighbour.”
MacNaughton departs StrategyCorp after serving as its Chairman for the past decade. During his 35-year career in business and politics, he has been credited with shaping the public affairs industry in Canada.
In the 1980s, MacNaughton transformed the industry by building an organization that, for the first time, comprised government relations, public opinion research and public relations. After selling his business in 1989, David became President of Canada’s largest government and public relations firm and subsequently North American President of the world’s largest public relations firm.
MacNaughton’s public sector experience includes work at both the federal and provincial levels of government. At the federal level he served for six years as a senior advisor to the Hon. Don Jamieson, successively Minister for the Departments of Transport, Industry and Foreign Affairs.
“I’ll certainly miss my colleagues at StrategyCorp, but I’m leaving the firm in good hands with the strongest cohort of professionals the firm has ever fielded – making it the best in the business,” added MacNaughton.
MacNaughton will be departing the firm after a brief transition period in order to assume his new role as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States.