Keynote Address

We are honoured to announce that our keynote speakers for HSMUN 2022 are:

Christy Clark

Guillermo Rishchynski

Christy Clark led Canada’s third largest province for over six years. Throughout her tenure, she demonstrated the strongest performance of any Canadian Premier for economic growth, fiscal management and job creation.

She left BC with a significantly diversified economy, a greater range of markets in Asia, a plan for a new, clean energy supply, billions in new infrastructure, and a dramatic reduction in public debt that is borne by British Columbians.

Christy retired from political life in 2017 as the longest serving female Premier in Canadian history and the only female Premier in Canada ever to be re-elected. She was also the first Cabinet Minister in BC to give birth while holding office. 

Today she is a Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP. She chairs the governing board for Roots of Empathy, an international non-profit, as well as the CN Vancouver Community Board. She also co-chairs the Advisory Board for the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill. She is a Founding Visionary for the Prosperity Project, a non-profit dedicated to mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian women.

She is an Associate Member of the InterAction Council, an international organization where former heads of state develop solutions to global challenges. She also serves as a Director on a number of corporate boards.

In 2018 Christy was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has also been inducted into the Women Executive Network’s Hall of Fame.

Rishchynski was born to Canadian and Panamanian parents and lived for a time in Ohio before attending Elwood-John H. Glenn High School in East Northport, New York. He graduated from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, in 1975, and worked as a regional Latin America marketing manager for Interimco International before joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1983 as an assistant trade commissioner. He has served abroad in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Amman, Melbourne, Jakarta, Chicago and, from 1999 to 2002, as Ambassador to Colombia, in Bogotá.

In Ottawa, he has served the department as deputy director, Latin America and Caribbean Trade Division, and director, Team Canada Task Force. He joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 2003, serving as vice-president of the Americas Branch until his appointment as Ambassador to Brazil in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed Ambassador to Mexico.

Rishchynski was appointed Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations on August 15, 2011. After leaving the United Nations in January 2016, Rishchynski served as Executive Director for Canada at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Rischynski is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue.