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Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

1 Devonshire Place

Toronto, ON M5S 3K7

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Estonia has transformed itself from a small, developing EU nation to a global leader in the digitalisation of society, including government services. Estonians can conduct all aspects of their everyday lives online - from voting to signing legal documents, accessing medical records to seeing who accesses their documents online. The Estonian government has opened an e-residency program, allowing entrepreneurs around the world to establish new businesses in the country. While holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017, Estonia championed the creation of a European digital single market. In 2007, Estonia was the first nation in history to be targeted by state sponsored cyber-attacks that affected public and private services. From that experience, Estonia has built robust cyber defences and has been a pioneer on these issues internationally, including establishing the NATO Cooperative Centre of Excellence for Cyber Defence in Tallinn.

Join us for an address by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, followed by a question and answer session, moderated by Professor Andres Kasekamp, Chair, Estonian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto.


Friday, May 25, 2018

3:00 - 4:00pm

Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

Munk School of Global Affairs

1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas was born on 2 July 1978 in Tallinn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tartu and a master’s degree in economics from the Tallinn University of Technology.

Ratas was first elected to the Tallinn City Council in 2005 and served as Mayor of Tallinn from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 to 2016 he was the Deputy Speaker of the Estonian Parliament. After being elected leader of the Estonian Centre Party in 2016, he formed a coalition government. As Prime Minister, he chaired the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2017.

Ratas is married and has three children. Basketball is his favourite pastime and from 2012 to 2016 he was the President of the Estonian Basketball Association.

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