Over 30 years ago, Elizabeth Rody embarked on a remarkable career in international and interparliamentary affairs and protocol. As chief of protocol for the Parliament of Canada, she manages official visits to Parliament of heads of state, heads of government and foreign dignitaries. Ms. Rody also promotes parliamentary diplomacy through parliamentarians’ conferences, diplomatic events and exchange programs. She ensures respect for parliamentary tradition in the planning of formal ceremonies, national events and commemorations. During her career, she has worked with Global Affairs Canada to organize the G8 and G20 summits, ministerial meetings and the Sommet de la Francophonie, and has participated in many missions abroad.
Ms. Rody’s leadership and know-how regarding negotiation and dialogue, which she has used to good account as head of many conference secretariats (NATO Parliamentary Assembly, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Arctic Council, La Francophonie), have earned her a strong reputation nationally and internationally. She has established effective procedures and standards to further parliamentary diplomacy and ensure the smooth running of conferences and meetings. Over the years, she has formed partnerships and alliances with a wide range of stakeholders, including parliamentarians, heads of mission, senior civil servants and media representatives. She has also provided strategic advice to members of the political class and the public service, and developed activities and programs for members of the Ottawa diplomatic corps, MPs, senators and those in the university milieu.
Ms. Rody has demonstrated her commitment to youth and education by chairing the board of the Children on the Hill daycare, as well as two school boards. She was elected president of the Alumni Association of the University of Ottawa, in recognition of her leadership style, which stresses inclusion, participation and respect for diversity. She has also assisted with the University of Ottawa’s fundraising campaign and has chaired the Aeroplan Miles charitable drive for the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement.
A skilled communicator, Ms. Rody has lectured on protocol and public relations at Algonquin College. Her strong command of English and French has led to her being invited to serve as MC on various occasions, including for signings of international trade agreements.
Ms. Rody holds a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Ottawa. She received a certificate from the Telfer School of Management for participating in the Clerk of the House of Commons’ Leadership Development Program. In 2006, she received a parliamentary environmental award for her work organizing a parliamentarians’ conference on the environment, and in 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the Parliament of Canada. Ms. Rody was named to the University of Ottawa Board of Governors in February 2017.