Global Affairs Canada Podcasts – GAC Files

Let’s get the conversation started. Welcome to the GAC Files—a podcast about the people, issues and ideas driving Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

GAC Files new host John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, chats with a broad range of colleagues and guests about who they are, where they come from and what matters to them at Global Affairs Canada. So whether the discussion is about work-life balance, building a stronger and more inclusive workplace, the #MeToo movement or any of our leading policy files, join the conversation.

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Episode 44: Managing a new team at Global Affairs Canada during the pandemic

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Deputy Minister John Hannaford welcomes Daniel Campeau, Deputy Director of the Office of Values, Ethics and Workplace Well-being, and colleagues from Headquarters, our Toronto regional office and our mission in Russia, to discuss their experiences integrating and managing new teams, for the most part virtually, during the pandemic.

December 1, 2020 - 26:53 min.
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Episode 43: Chat with André Frenette and HQ staff

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Representatives from Global Affairs Canada’s Human Resources and 2 other departmental branches discuss with Deputy Minister John Hannaford and co-host André Frenette, Director General and Coordinator of the COVID-19 Task Force, about the programs and measures in place at headquarters buildings, as well as their experiences following their return to the office.

October 29, 2020 - 35:39 min.
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Episode 42: Chat with André Frenette and missions abroad

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Representatives from Global Affairs Canada missions in Panama and in Ukraine share with Deputy Minister John Hannaford and co-host André Frenette, Director General and Coordinator of the COVID-19 Task Force, their unique experiences following their return to the office, as well as how they managed to remain resilient and overcome challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 16, 2020 - 33:43 min.
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Episode 41: Chat with Antoine Mindjimba

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Antoine Mindjimba, diversity and inclusion and culture lead for EY Canada, shares compelling examples from the private sector on ways to overcome racial discrimination and provides insight into fostering an inclusive workplace, including through organizational culture change.

July 22, 2020 - 20:52 min.
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Episode 40: Chat with Kevin Lunianga, with guest host Deputy Minister Leslie MacLean

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On this special episode of the GAC Files, watch a candid and powerful conversation between guest host Leslie MacLean, Deputy Minister of International Development, and Kevin Lunianga, Senior Operations Officer, Emergency Operations. Kevin shares his experiences as a Black Canadian and talks about what it means to be allies and to work together to #EndRacism.

June 29, 2020 - 30:52 min.
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Episode 39: Chat with Charlène Janvier, Bruce Murdock and Luc Raymond

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On this episode of GAC Files, host John Hannaford welcomes Charlène Janvier, Bruce Murdock and Luc Raymond from Global Affairs Canada. This special edition of the podcast continues the dialogue begun at the deputy ministers’ May 22 livestreamed town hall, as John and his 3 guests discuss the top questions submitted by employees but not answered during the event.

June 16, 2020 - 26:49 min.
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Episode 38: Chat with Amanda Strohan

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How are our missions abroad helping thousands of Canadians return home during the global COVID-19 pandemic? Tune in to the latest GAC Files episode as Amanda Strohan, Management Consular Officer at the High Commission of Canada in India (DELHI), provides a glimpse of the challenging, but vital, work she and her team are doing on the ground. #TogetherApart #StayStrong.

June 4, 2020 - 10:47 min.
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Episode 37: Chat with Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

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What does being diagnosed with #COVID19 feel like? GAC Files host John Hannaford has a candid conversation with Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on her personal experience and her recovery from the virus. She also shares her thoughts on how Global Affairs Canada employees have adapted and contributed to help Canadians weather the storm from near and far. #TogetherApart #StayStrong

April 27, 2020 - 14:42 min.
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Episode 36: Chat with Annie Lirette

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Balancing the demands of a busy family and working from home is a challenge for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annie Lirette, from Global Affairs Canada’s Quebec regional office, shares her daily routine of how she stays healthy and focused. Find out how she and her colleagues are using social media to stay connected and positive.

April 24, 2020 - 7:46 min.
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Episode 35: Chat with Laurent-Gabriel Côté-Fournier

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Returning to Canada in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis is a difficult decision to make. Global Affairs Canada employee Laurent-Gabriel Côté-Fournier speaks about the decision to move back home with his young family from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, living in quarantine and striving for a sense of normality.

April 15, 2020 - 8:55 min.
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Episode 34: Chat with Michelle Goodfellow and Nadin Nanji

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The COVID-19 crisis demands flexibility both at home and at work. Global Affairs Canada employees Michelle Goodfellow and Nadin Nanji speak about the realities of home-schooling children and balancing work and family responsibilities in the social-distancing era.

April 14, 2020 - 11:34 min.
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Episode 33: Chat with Daniel Campeau

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The COVID-19 crisis affects us all. Daniel Campeau of Global Affairs Canada’s Office of Values, Ethics and Workplace Well-being speaks about his own experience of living in quarantine after returning from travel outside Canada and the support available to employees and their families in adjusting to the new normal.

April 7, 2020 - 13:16 min.
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Episode 32: Chat with Chris Moran

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Adapting to the new workplace reality of the COVID-19 crisis can be challenging. Find out how Chris Moran of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service is balancing the responsibilities of work and parenting in the home-based workplace.

April 2, 2020 - 8:59 min.
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Episode 31: Chat with the Trade Commissioner Service: Ailish Campbell and the Atlantic Canada Regional Office

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We’re talking all things trade on this special podcast highlighting the 125th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service. Explore with us and find out how Canada #TCS125 is at the cutting edge of innovation with its global network abroad, its Canadian technology accelerators around the world, and its ocean and technology superclusters.

February 25, 2020 - 30:05 min.
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Episode 30: Chat with Sandra McCardell and Sarah Taylor

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Check out the latest #GACFiles podcast with Sandra McCardell and Sarah Taylor, Global Affairs Canada’s incoming and outgoing champion for women. They chat about their roles as champion, initiatives changing the face of GAC and gender equity progress in the department.

January 09, 2020 - 16:52 min.
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Episode 29: Chat with Caroline Leclerc, Myriam Pineault-Latreille and Harkiran Rajasansi

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On this special episode of the GAC Files, 3 dynamic champions for the GAC Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign chat with host John Hannaford about why they’ve taken on this year’s campaign challenge. Don’t miss a minute of the podcast as Caroline Leclerc, Myriam Pineault-Latreille and Harkiran Rajasansi share personal stories, encourage us to lift up our communities and remind us how each donation, small or large, has a positive impact on the lives of people in need.

November 27, 2019 - 18:09 min.
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Episode 28: Chat with Deputy Minister Marta Morgan

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Join the latest #GACFiles conversation with host John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, and special guest Marta Morgan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Get to know Marta as she shares some of her hobbies, talks about her go-to podcasts and provides insight into how she built her career by pursuing interesting challenges. Hear what she thinks about leading the department in a complex world environment, the expertise of GAC employees and the unique role senior leaders play in shifting the culture for a greater understanding of mental health and workplace well-being.

November 6, 2019 - 20:11 min.
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Episode 27: Chat with Deputy Minister John Hannaford, with guest hosts Cassandra Morin and Brandon Cove

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This week on the #GACFiles, the tables are turned as representatives of the Young Professionals Network (YPN), Cassandra Morin and Brandon Cove ask host John Hannaford to talk about his illustrious career in the public service and how he maintains a healthy work-life balance. John highlights the importance of mentorship and encourages young professionals not to limit their career opportunities.

August 12, 2019 - 29:25 min.
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Episode 26: Chat with Manon Dumas

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On the latest #GACFiles, host John Hannaford engages with Manon Dumas from Special Projects about Global Affairs Canada’s Dialogue Series on Uncomfortable Topics. They chat about the importance of working together as a community to address questions of workplace harassment and other sources of tension. They also talk about how to strengthen our processes, tools and culture so that we can make GAC a better place to work.

July 12, 2019 - 34:58 min.
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Episode 25: Chat with Heather DiPenta and Louise Blais

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Check out GAC Files latest episode as our new host John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, has a candid discussion on mental health with special guests Heather DiPenta, Director of Values and Ethics and Workplace Well-Being, and Louise Blais, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in New York. Find out more about Louise’s personal journey and challenges with mental illness, the importance of destigmatizing, reaching out, supporting each other and speaking up about what mental health really is.

May 08, 2019 - 34:50 min.
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Episode 24: Chat with Antoine Pouliot

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On the latest GAC Files podcast, Antoine Pouliot, Strategist, Advocacy and Cultural Diplomacy, talks about how his previous work in the private and non-profit sectors led him to his current role promoting Canadian art and culture through our missions abroad.

March 11, 2019 - 32:33 min.
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Episode 23: Chat with Canada Beyond 150 participants Aleena Esmail, Andreia Santos, Poya Saffari and Roxanne Hamel

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On this episode of the GAC Files, Aleena Esmail, Andreia Santos, Poya Saffari and Roxanne Hamel, young Global Affairs Canada public servants, discuss Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a Diverse and Inclusive Future, which is an incredible opportunity to contribute to complex issues using foresight, design thinking and co-creation. Find out more about their contributions—providing unique ideas and diverse solutions, working cross-functionally and collaborating to tackle issues and create policies that serve Canadians.

February 19, 2019 - 36:18 min.
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Episode 22: Chat with Jean-Dominique Ieraci

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Join the latest conversation, with guest Jean-Dominique Ieraci, Deputy Head of Mission and Minister Counsellor (Trade), as he chats about trade diplomacy, the Trade Commissioner Service and its evolution, as well as the importance of having the right manager and mentor to guide you with frank conversations throughout your career.

February 12, 2019 - 33:28 min.
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Episode 21: Chat with Alison LeClaire

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Host David Morrison talks with Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Officer and Director General for Arctic, Eurasian and European Affairs, about her experiences during her postings in South Africa and Latin America, her perspective as a woman working in foreign service while raising a family and her new challenge in one of the department’s most interesting bureaus.

December 24, 2018 - 28:43 min.
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Episode 20: Chat with Giuseppe Basile

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On the latest episode of the GAC Files, host David Morrison has a fascinating exchange with guest Giuseppe Basile about Global Affairs Canada’s consular affairs, the Hague Convention, the heart-wrenching difficulties of helping Canadian children and families in crisis abroad and finding a healthy work/life balance.

December 5, 2018 - 29:50 min.
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Episode 19: Chat with Marcy Grossman

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Host David Morrison talks with Marcy Grossman, Consul General, on the importance of trade and Canada’s economic ties with the United States, how all politics is local, having ambition and her remarkable leadership of locally engaged staff.

November 26, 2018 - 40:04 min.
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Episode 18: Chat with Paul Maddison

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Host David Morrison chats with Paul Maddison, Canada’s High Commissioner in Australia, about trading a naval career for diplomacy and how he successfully made the transition.

November 7, 2018 - 31:06 min.
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Episode 17: Chat with Deborah Chatsis

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This week in the GAC Files, host David Morrison talks with guest Deborah Chatsis, who shares her experiences as an Indigenous woman in her postings abroad, her fascinating career and her work advocating for a foreign service that is reflective of Canada and its demographics.

October 26, 2018 - 27:30 min.
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Episode 16: Chat with Peter Boehm

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This week on the GAC Files, host David Morrison exchanges views with former deputy minister Peter Boehm, in front of a live Global Affairs Canada audience, as he reflects on a 37-year career with the department. Find out more about Peter’s legacy of leadership and inspiration to the Global Affairs Canada family, destigmatizing mental health and offering his impressions of the evolution of our department.

October 11, 2018 - 23:36 min.
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Episode 15: Chat with Rasha Al-Katta

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Follow the exchange between David Morrison and his latest GAC Files guest, Rasha Al-Katta, as they discuss being a millennial Global Affairs Canada person and her vision of life, including inclusiveness, focusing on youth and the positive, working with refugees and being a volunteer guru.

October 3, 2018 - 31:37 min.
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Episode 14: Chat with Myriam Pineault-Latreille and Deena Allam

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Host David Morrison chats with Myriam Pineault-Latreille and Deena Allam about a variety of topics, including being young professionals at Global Affairs Canada, the Next Gen Youth network and their outlook on the department, including their views on the importance of diversity.

September 21, 2018 - 31:29 min.
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Episode 13: Chat with Shauna Hemingway

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Host David Morrison talks with Shauna Hemingway about how following her passions led her to great opportunities in communications, trade and ultimately a career in foreign service as head of mission to the Dominican Republic.

August 30, 2018 - 29:09 min.
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Episode 12: Chat with Kumar Gupta

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Host David Morrison chats with Kumar Gupta about how his training as an engineer led to a career in international development and then to becoming a head of mission. He also chats about his interest in Africa.

August 21, 2018 - 24:16 min.
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Episode 11: Chat with David Da Silva

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Host David Morrison gets together with David Da Silva who talks about starting out in Canada’s foreign service, the importance of putting people first and being co-chair of GAC’s LGBTQ+ employee network.

August 16, 2018 - 33:44 min.
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Episode 10: Chat with Sacha Levasseur-Rivard

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Host David Morrison interviews Sacha Levasseur-Rivard  about his career path from journalist to foreign service officer in Canada’s diplomatic corps. Sacha speaks about the importance of mentorship, giving young people a voice and the value of humility.

August 2, 2018 - 34:29 min.
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Episode 9: Chat with Sebastien Beaulieu

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Host David Morrison talks with Canada’s Executive Coordinator for Syria Sebastien Beaulieu about the challenges of raising children in a household where both parents are career diplomats, balancing teaching with diplomacy and promoting diversity and inclusion in the Middle East.

July 24, 2018 - 30:03 min.
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Episode 8: Chat with Jennifer Kleniewski

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Host David Morrison talks with Jennifer Kleniewski, a self-described foreign service brat, about growing up abroad and then finding her own career path with the department’s Critical Incidents Task Force. It’s the team that coordinates Canada’s whole of government response to critical incidents, such as hostage takings and kidnappings.

July 16, 2018 - 32:31 min.
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Episode 7: Chat with Heather DiPenta

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Host David Morrison interviews Heather DiPenta about how her start in the public service as an ergonomist led to her current position as Global Affairs Canada’s lead on values and ethics, her thoughts on mental health and why addressing harassment in the workplace is so important.

July 9, 2018 - 36:55 min.
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Episode 6: Chat with Craig Kowalik

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Host David Morrison gets together with Craig Kowalik, Team Leader of the Missions of the Future Project, to  chat about his time in Venezuela and being a diplomat there, serving the Prince of Wales and his interest in using international development to promote democracy.

June 28, 2018 - 29:07 min.
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Episode 5: Chat with Patricia Peña

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Host David Morrison chats with Patricia Penã, Canada’s Ambassador to Chile, about being raised by immigrant parents in Toronto, her years with the United Kingdom Electoral Commission and her interest in democratic governance and human rights issues. You may notice a small issue with the audio on the podcast (due to a technical difficulty). But rest assured the conversation is as lively as always.

June 20, 2018 - 28:22 min.
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Episode 4: Chat with Janice Charette

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Host David Morrison talks with Janice Charette, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, about her earlier job as head of the public service, mental health, and spotting talent.

June 13, 2018 - 36:42 min.
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Episode 3: Chat with Francis Trudel

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Host David Morrison interviews Francis Trudel about his journey from his career with Canada’s National Defence to taking the helm of Global Affairs Canada’s Human Resources Branch.

June 5, 2018 - 36:18 min.
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Episode 2: Chat with Peter M. Boehm

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Host David Morrison gets together with Peter M. Boehm, Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister, to chat about how he got started in the foreign service, balancing a career while raising a special needs child and the challenges of being Canada’s G7 sherpa.

May 28, 2018 - 28:48 min.
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Episode 1: Chat with Stefanie Beck

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Host David Morrison chats with Stefanie Beck, Assistant Deputy Minister of Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Maghreb Branch, Global Affairs Canada, about becoming a head of mission at the age of 34, balancing work and life as a single mother, her decision to leave Global Affairs Canada and then come back.

May 18, 2018 - 29:43 min.
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Episode 0: Introduction to the GAC Files

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Host David Morrison explains what the GAC Files is all about.

June 4, 2018 - 13:25 min.
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