History and Members of the G7 / G8

Preparatory meetings

The host country organizes several preparatory meetings before the summit. G7 leaders’ personal representatives, known as Sherpas, attend these meetings to discuss potential agenda items. The Sherpas, usually high-ranking government officials, communicate directly with each other throughout the year. In 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Sherpa for the Brussels Summit is Peter M. Boehm, Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

What happens at the Summit?

The Summit is a rare chance for the democratically elected Leaders of the G7 / G8 countries to meet, discuss common challenges, and decide on some common responses. 

Future Summits

2015 - Germany
2016 - Japan
2017 - Italy
2018 - Canada

G7 / G8 Summit Locations and Dates

1975-2014

4-5 June 2014 - Brussels (Belgium)
17-18 June 2013 - Lough Erne (United Kingdom)
18-19 May 2012 - Camp David (United States of America) 
26-27 May 2011 - Deauville (France)
25-26 June 2010 - Muskoka (Canada)
8-10 July 2009 - L'Aquila (Italy)
7-9 July 2008 - Hokkaido Toyako (Japan)
6-8 June 2007 - Heiligendamm (Germany)
15-17 July 2006 - St Petersburg (Russia)
6-8 July 2005 - Gleneagles, Scotland (United Kingdom)
8-10 June 2004 - Sea Island, Georgia (United States of America)
1-3 June 2003 - Evian (France)
26-27 June 2002 - Kananaskis (Canada)
20-22 July 2001 - Genoa (Italy)
21-23 July 2000 - Okinawa (Japan)
18-20 June 1999 - Okinawa (Japan) 
15-17 May 1998 - Birmingham (United Kingdom)
20-22 June 1997 - Denver (United States of America)
27-29 June 1996 - Lyon (France)
19-20 April 1996 - Moscow (Russia) - Nuclear Safety and Security Summit
15-17 June 1995 - Halifax (Canada)
8-10 July 1994 - Naples (Italy)
7-9 July 1993 - Tokyo (Japan)
6-8 July 1992 - Munich (Germany)
15-17 July 1991 - London (United Kingdom)
9-11 July 1990 - Houston (United States of America)
14-16 July 1989 - Paris (France)
19-21 June 1988 - Toronto (Canada)
8-10 June 1987 - Venice (Italy)
4-6 May 1986 - Tokyo (Japan)
2-4 May 1985 - Bonn (Germany)
7-9 June 1984 - London (United Kingdom)
19-21 July 1981 - Ottawa (Canada)
22-23 June 1980 - Venice (Italy)
28-29 June 1979 - Tokyo (Japan)
16-17 July 1978 - Bonn (Germany)
6-8 May 1977 - London (United Kingdom)
27-28 June 1976 - Puerto Rico (United States of America)
15-17 November 1975 - Rambouillet (France) 

Membership

One can access information about Canada's relations with G7 partners by selecting country from the list below: