Canadian Consul-General visits Sydney Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 7-8-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

Publication Place



The Canadian Consul-General in Sydney, Mr L. Richard Kohler, visited Notre Dame’s Sydney Campus on 6 August to present a public lecture to students and staff. The lecture, entitled ‘Canada and Australia: Cousins on the World Stage’, was part of the School of Arts and Sciences’ Seminar Series.

Mr Kohler gave a summary of Canada’s political and economic situation, its foreign policy priorities and how much Canada and Australia have in common; he outlined the many areas of cooperation between the two countries including the noble work being carried out jointly to advance peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan. “Today was an excellent opportunity to address the Notre Dame community and to provide an overview of Canada and its relationship to Australia. I hope that in the future, Notre Dame may strengthen its ties with Canada through study abroad or through other international pursuits,” Mr Kohler said.

Dean of Arts and Sciences, Prof Gerry Turcotte, was delighted with the turnout—in excess of 75 staff and students attended. “It’s great to see many of our students taking the opportunity to learn more about Canada and its relationship to Australia, politically and economically,” he said. “And of course, as a Canadian myself I am pleased to welcome such a senior member of Canada’s foreign service to our campus.”

Lyle Richard (Rick) Kohler has dedicated his career to furthering Canadian interests internationally through the Canadian Government’s foreign service. A specialist in trade and economic issues, Rick has managed trade, investment, science and technology and economic programs in a number of international capitals. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 in recognition of his significant contribution to Canada and world affairs.