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City Club of Cleveland - The Future of the Canada-U.S. Border
Michael Wilson, who assumed his responsibilities as ambassador on March 13, 2006, will speak about the Canada-US relationship and the thickening border.

Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Wilson was chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG, one of the world's leading financial institutions where he oversaw all UBS operations in Canada, which included the Investment Bank, pension fund management, and wealth management businesses.

Prior to joining UBS in July 2001, Wilson was responsible for RBC Financial Group's institutional asset management business. He also served as a vice chairman of RBC Dominion Securities, responsible for senior client relationships and advice to both Canadian and international companies and governments.

In 1979, Wilson was elected to the House of Commons. In September 1984, he was appointed Minister of Finance and remained in that position until May 1991. He then became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade. During his tenure as a member of the Cabinet, Wilson represented Canada at the IMF, IBRD, OECD, GATT and the G-7 Ministers meetings.

Prior to his career in public life, Wilson's career was in investment banking with responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance where he was the Director of a number of companies including BP P.L.C. and Manulife Financial.

Wilson is active in a number of professional and community organizations including the NeuroScience Canada Partnership, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto and York University.
April 18, 2008