Chrystia Freeland: In Conversation

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Athletics and Wellness Centre

6 Elm Avenue

Toronto, ON M4W 1N4

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Branksome Hall’s Rachel Phillips Belash Speaker Series and The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships present The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale. She was named Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2017, after having previously served as Minister of International Trade.

An esteemed journalist and author, Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.

After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist, Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including U.K. news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of the FT Weekend Magazine and editor of FT.com. She served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001 before becoming deputy editor and then U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. In 2010, Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters where she served as a managing director of the company and editor of Consumer News.

She has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012).‎

About Branksome Hall and The Rachel Phillips Belash Speaker Series

Founded in 1903, Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years IB World School. Branksome’s Rachel Phillips Belash Speaker Series, named in honour of our sixth principal, routinely welcomes remarkable women leaders from a wide range of sectors and industries to address Branksome students and our broader community. Previous Rachel Phillips Belash Speakers have included Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington, Irene Rosenfeld and Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

About The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships

The World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students from around the globe. The Worlds is represented by a diverse mix of public, private and independent high schools from a broad range of nations. Branksome Hall is proud to be the first Canadian school to host this prestigious tournament.

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