11 December 2013
Introduction of Bruce Heyman
Nominee to be US Ambassador to Canada
By Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee December 11, 2013
Senator Durbin’s full introduction, as prepared for delivery
Thank you Chairman Menendez. I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to introduce Bruce Heyman, who has been nominated by President Obama to be the next US Ambassador to Canada.
It’s an honor for me to introduce Bruce, who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, before settling in my home state, Illinois.
I understand Bruce is here today with his wife, Vicki, and their three children: David, Liza, and Caroline. Welcome.
Bruce is a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division and regional head of the Private Wealth Management Group at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, where he has worked since 1980. He is also the senior sponsor and advisor for the Chicago Diversity Network.
Always an active member of his community, Bruce sits as a board member or advisor for a number of organizations, including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and numerous others. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in 1979 and an MBA in 1980 from Vanderbilt University. He has also previously served as president of the Alumni Board of his alma mater’s Graduate School of Management.
Bruce’s broad experience prepares him well for the challenges and opportunities of representing the United States in a country that is more than an immediate neighbor: it is one of our most trusted allies and most significant trading partners.
The US and Canada have enjoyed a unique relationship for generations, forged by geography, shared values, and common interests. We have collaborated on a host of issues, including defense, agriculture, and energy security. We appreciate the people-to-people contact between our nations, where over 300,000 individuals physically cross our shared borders every single day.
And, we have, literally and proudly, the largest trade relationship in the world, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the border. Bruce and I discussed the rich and important US-Canada relationship when we met in my office in Chicago earlier this fall, and he assured me of his ability take on this most important ambassadorial post.
Bruce, it is good to see you here again today. The members of this committee look forward to hearing from you. I am sure they will see, as I have, that you will be able to serve the American people and the US – Canada relationship exceptionally well, advancing the interests of our two countries at a crucial time.