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. Each event will be announced in our CNS-announce subscription email service and listed here.



September - May


7:00 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.

Christmas Cozy Event


Various speakers 

Date:  December 8, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM

Nordic Noir


Dr. Gunnar Iversen 

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM

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Swedish and Canadian Educational Co-operation


Johan Olafson and Maria Hildefors 

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM

Distinguished Speaker H.E. Jon Elvedal Fredriksen on “Norway - National and international Health Matters”


H.E. Roy Eriksson, Norwegian Ambassador to Canada

Date: September 22, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM

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

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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

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