The Canadian Nordic Society is continuing its activities in modified format during the coronavirus health crisis. Our Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series continues uninterrupted, in an online form. Paid-up members may participate by sending an email to secretary@canadiannordicsociety.com in advance of each event, which will be announced in our CNS-announce subscription email service and listed here.



September - May


7:30 PM




Free for members. When in-person events are held, members of the public are welcome to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series for a $5 admission fee.



Some parking is available at the Mess in the evenings. Parking is also available on neighbourhood streets and lots. 24-hour parking is available a short walk away at Ottawa City Hall on Laurier Avenue. The Lisgar Street pedestrian exit is the closest to the Mess.


Dress code for in-person events

Men: Sports jacket and trousers with a shirt and tie or turtleneck. Jeans are not permitted.

Women: Dressy blouse or sweater and dress slacks or skirt, or a dress. Jeans are not permitted.

Ideas and suggestions for speakers and events are welcome. Please contact any member of the Council.

Distinguished Speaker H.E. Roy Eriksson on “Finnish education – preparing for the future”

H.E. Roy Eriksson, Finnish Ambassador to Canada

Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

A Tribute to the Late Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Sheila Hellström and our shared roots in Åland"

Lennart Nylund

Date: March 17, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

“Orchestral Music and Social Change” 


Arna Kristin Einarsdottir 

Date: February 17, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

“Challenges & Opportunities in the Arctic - cooperation of the Nordics and Canada”


H.E. Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Ambassador of Denmark

Date: January 20, 2021 

Time: 7:30 PM

"Ingegerd Holter The Tale of a Spy in the Norwegian Resistance"

Alan Humphreys

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

"Pier 21 and the Immigrant Experience"

Robert Vineberg and Martti Lahtinen

Date: October 21, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

"Letters of my grandfather Samuel Sande"


 James Marshall

Date: September 23, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

“Retaining and Promoting Heritage Languages in an English-Dominant Environment”

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Dr. Ian MacKay (moderator) with Constantine Ioannou, Dr. Kristin Udjus Teitelbaum, Ingela Strömberg (panelists)

Date: March 11, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

“KONE—a Leading Company in People Flow”


2020 Laura Kehusmaa

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

“The Nordic Model—does it still exist?”

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H.E. Urban Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

“The Music of Ingmar Bergman Movies”


Alexis Luko

Date: November 20, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

Nicholas Kinsey on his book “Shipwrecked Lives”

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Nicholas Kinsey

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

“A Canadian Diplomat in Sweden from 1984 to 1988”

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D'Arcy Thorpe

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

"Knud Rasmussen-A Canadian Perspective on a Danish-Greenlandic Explorer"

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Kenn Harper

Date: April 17, 2019 

Time: 7:30 PM

"The Ugly Duckling"

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Doreen Larsen Riedel on her father Henry Larsen's RCMP vessel St Roch

Date: March 20, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

"Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark in the Arctic: past, present and future"

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H.E. Thomas Winkler, Ambassador of Denmark

Date: February 20, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

“Painting the North: How Nordic art influenced Canadian painters”


Rita  De Ruysscher

Date: January 16, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

“The MacKenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry”


Ian Waddell

Date: November 27, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

"Rentatus' Kayak"

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Rozanne Junker on her book "Rentatus' Kayak"

Date: October 17, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

"Iceland: 100 Years of Sovereignty"


H.E. Pétur Ásgeirsson, Ambassador of Iceland

Date: September 26, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

“Your Story - A practical step by step guide to discovering the story of your ancestors”

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Eric Bawden and Leta Petersen

Date: April 18, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

"Gerard Kenney and the Canadian/Nordic Arctic connection"


John Gilbert

Date: March 21, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

“A Journey through the Arctic”, a conversation and musical treat

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Ian Tamblyn

Date: February 21, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

“Exile Air: World War II’s ‘Little Norway’ in Toronto and Muskoka”

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Andrea Baston on her book “Exile Air: World War II’s ‘Little Norway’ in Toronto and Muskoka”

Date: January 17, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM

H.E. Vesa Lehtonen

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H.E. Vesa Lehtonen, Ambassador of Finland

Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"Mannerheim at 150 and the Centennial of Finland”


Dr. Lennard Sillanpää

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"Lessons from the Arctic--How Roald Amundsen Won the Race to the South Pole"

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Geir Kløver, Fram Museum

Date: June 2, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"My remarkable grandmother: running a taxi business in pre-war Stockholm"


Anita MacLean

Date: March 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"Trygve Ringereide, the story of one young Norwegian airman and two countries in war and peace"

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Trygve John Ringereide

Date: February 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"Shamanism in the Icelandic Sagas: the Case of seiðr"

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Dr. Céline Leduc

Date: January 18, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

"How The Vikings Changed the English Language" 


Professor Ian MacKay

Date: November 16, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM

"The High North: Opportunities and Challenges"

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H.E. Anne Kari H. Ovind, Ambassador of Norway

Date: October 19, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM

"Mutual Interests in the North: Iceland and Canada in the 21st Century"


H.E. Sturla Sigurjónsson, Ambassador of Iceland

Date: April 20, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM

“A Soul’s Journey to Find Its Way Home”

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Eric Bawden

Date: January 20, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM

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