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Bruce Heyman, a Chicago-based investment banker at Goldman Sachs, is President Barack Obama’s choice to be U.S. ambassador to Canada.
Bruce Heyman, a Chicago-based investment banker at Goldman Sachs, is President Barack Obama’s choice to be U.S. ambassador to Canada.
(Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

Success of new U.S. ambassador to Canada depends on style, personality and initiative

It’s taken a while, but Bruce Heyman is finally the U.S. ambassador to Canada. His nomination, leaked last April, announced in September, considered by committee in December, was confirmed Wednesday night by the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. ambassador occupies a singular place in the Canadian establishment. More than first among equals in the diplomatic community, the position is closer to that of a senior member of the cabinet. Arguably, the ambassador is better known and recognized than most cabinet ministers or premiers.