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Wed, Feb 07


Saint Mary's University, McNally Theatre

Pursuing International Careers

Networking and opportunities for young professionals interested in International Development and Relations

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Pursuing International Careers
Pursuing International Careers

Time & Location

Feb 07, 2024, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saint Mary's University, McNally Theatre, 923 Robie St, Halifax, NS B3H 3C3, Canada

About the event

Join us for an exciting event where young professionals interested in international careers can network and explore various opportunities. Whether you dream of working abroad or want to connect with like-minded individuals, this event is perfect for you.


Lyra S. Carr - United States Consul General Halifax

Lyra S. Carr assumed her duties as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Halifax in July 2021, only the second female Consul General in the Post’s history. Her overseas assignments included Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Albania, Staff Assistant and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic.  Throughout both her domestic and foreign assignments Lyra has been a passionate advocate of mentoring the next generation of Foreign Service Officers.

A native of southern California, Lyra is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and a Master of Arts in German Studies. Lyra is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, as well as a special commendation for outstanding service in the civil division issued by U.S. Department of Justice.  She speaks Spanish and has studied German, Albanian, and Italian.

She is accompanied in Halifax by her husband, a retired Foreign Service Officer, their two sons, and their adopted cat from Albania.

Christine Hanson - Regional Driector of International Trade for Atlantic Canada, Global Affairs Canada

Christine Hanson has achieved success over the past two decades in a wide range of public service roles

in both Canada and abroad as a senior government executive, international lawyer and diplomat.

Christine is currently the Regional Director of International Trade for the Atlantic Region at Global Affairs

Canada. In this role she leads a team with offices across Atlantic Canada that helps Canadian businesses

explore global markets, find new customers and partners, and promote growth through exports.

Christine was awarded a Building a Better World Alumni Award from Dalhousie

University. She was also an International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow at

Harvard Business School and INSEAD in France. Christine currently serves on the Board of Directors of

the Canadian Red Cross.

Indigo Christ - International Youth Internships Program Manager, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

Indigo Christ (she/her) is an experienced Program Manager with a focus on developing and delivering transformative and cross-cultural programs for youth. As ACIC’s International Youth Internship Program Manager, she brings together her passions for connecting youth to meaningful global experiences, solidarity-based international collaboration, and building sustainable, just, and vibrant communities.

World Café Participants

Daniel Bingham-Pankratz - U.S. Consular Chief

Christine Hanson - Regional Driector of International Trade for Atlantic Canada, Global Affairs Canada

Indigo Christ -  International Youth Internships Program Manager, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

Abby Dooks - Program Manager, Venture 2 Impact

Peter Day - Communications Chair, Canadian International Council Halifax Branch

This event is taking place in partnership with the Halifax Partnership and CIC for International Development Week 2024. Since 1991, IDW has been held annually in the first full week of February and highlights Canadian contributions to international development initiatives from coast to coast to coast and overseas.

To learn more about ACIC’s International Development Week initiatives, visit

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