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Former Trustees of the CMF Give Their Perspective on the Relationship Between Canada and the UK

By 19th October 2013No Comments

Christopher Robinson  – Christopher Robinson became a business development consultant in May 2000 after long service as an insurance broker with Leslie & Godwin (acquired by Aon Corporation). He served as Chairman of the British-American Business Council, was Chairman of the North American Advisory Group at the UK Government’s Department of Trade & Industry, and was appointed to the British Overseas Trade Board. He was also a member of the International Committee of the Confederation of British Industry and served as Vice Chairman of the External Relations Committee of UNICE. He is has lived and worked in Canada and is married to a Canadian.

“Involvement with the Canada Memorial Foundation was to me a pleasure, very enjoyable and something I wanted to do from the moment I was approached by Sir David Nicolson who was heading the startup of the Foundation in Britain.


I was in my early twenties, and, like many others, I had completed my National Service in the Army and had continued service with the Territorials when the opportunity to go to Canada appeared. So in June of 1957 my British Passport was stamped and I was confirmed as a Canadian Landed Immigrant. It was a fabulous trip by ship on the Canadian Pacific “Empress of Britain” across the Atlantic, up the St Lawrence river with a stop in beautiful Quebec City before arriving in Montreal. Over the next few years I lived,  worked, visited and made friends in Toronto, Ottawa,  Ontario, Lake Ontario, Hudson’s Bay, Lake Nipigon, Niagara, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and British Columbia as well as the Maritime Provinces.


The contributions made by Canada to Britain, to the British Empire and subsequently to the Commonwealth should never be forgotten and deserve frequent recognition in Britain. The National Film Board of Canada has produced some quite remarkable DVD’s taken from news film concerning Canada’s military efforts over two World Wars and subsequent military involvements. The Canada Memorial Foundation deserves enthusiastic support as a way of emphasizing British recognition of one of their best friends and relations, Canada.”