Ottawa says farewell to U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman

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Published on January 19, 2017

The dessert table at a farewell reception for outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, expressed the couple's gratitude through these giant Canadian-themed cookies.

Published on January 19, 2017

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, with his wife, Vicki, watching on, holds up a personalized Expos baseball jersey given to him by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, right, at a farewell reception for the Heymans at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

From left, Fred Ninh with Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Rowe and Adam Moscoe, a policy advisor with Environment and Climate Change Canada, at a farewell reception for the outgoing U.S. ambassador at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman greets Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin with a friendly double-cheek kiss during a farewell reception that Heyman and his wife, Vicki, hosted Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the U.S. Embassy. 

Published on January 19, 2017

From left, Canadian historian and writer Irving Abella and Stephen Wallace, secretary to the Governor General of Canada, in conversation with Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at a farewell reception held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, for outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki.

Published on January 19, 2017

From left, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko says his goodbyes to outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman at a farewell reception held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman shares a moment with well-known journalist Don Martin, host of CTV's Power Play, at a farewell reception hosted by Heyman and his wife, Vicki, at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner with Catherine Clark, president of Catherine Clark Communications Inc., at a farewell reception for outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, joined by his wife, Vicki, hosted a farewell reception for a crowd of about 350 at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

From left, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre shares a laugh with French Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis and his wife, Sylvie Camia, at a farewell reception for U.S. ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Published on January 19, 2017

Acclaimed Canadian photographer Rosalie Favell, at a farewell reception held at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, with her portrait of outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman. The photo will hang at the embassy, alongside photos of former U.S. ambassadors. 

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, who’s hosted some of the best embassy parties in town with his wife Vicki, wasn’t about to leave his posting in Ottawa without one last hurrah.

Members of Canada’s highest court, along with foreign heads of mission, were among 350 invited guests who came to say their goodbyes to the Heymans at a farewell reception held Tuesday at the Embassy of the United States.

Some, including Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, came bearing gifts such as a personalized Montreal Expos jersey for Heyman.

The ambassador, who’s been in Canada since April 2014, resigns on Friday when Donald Trump is to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. as the 45th U.S. president.

“We hand over an economy that is improving and strong, and we hand over a Canada-U.S. relationship that has never been better than it is right this minute,” Heyman said to applause and shouts of “Here, here!” from the crowd.

Heyman listed his proudest accomplishment as the pre-clearance border deal to strengthen border security and facilitate trade between Canada and the U.S. He also mentioned the North American Leaders’ Summit that took place in Ottawa last year, as well as progress on climate change issues.

The diplomat gave a special shout-out both to his boss, U.S. President Barack Obama – for his leadership – and to the “love of his life,” Vicki,  for her partnering role in his ambassadorship.

“Our friends that we’ve created (thanks to Vicki), our interaction with the cultural community (thanks to Vicki), our entertainment at the residence (definitely thanks to Vicki); I’m the luckiest guy in the world” said Heyman, with his wife at his side.

The couple plans to make return visits to Canada this year to take part in several projects. Still, they encouraged guests to stay in touch and, as proof of their sincerity, shared their personal e-mail addresses with the room.

“We will no longer have a lot of staffers around us, so we will be answering our own emails,” Vicki said cheerfully.

Organizations: Embassy of the United States, Montreal Expos

Geographic location: U.S., Canada, Ottawa Montreal Washington, D.C.

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