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Tobi Nussbaum has focused his career on finding solutions to public problems, from the global to the local. His professional experience has included work as a senior civil servant, diplomat, lawyer and city councillor, while his volunteer energy has been dedicated to community leadership and youth sports coaching. A graduate of Queen’s University, the University of Victoria and Harvard University, Tobi moved to Ottawa in 1996 to join the Canadian Foreign Service. His postings included work at the United Nations in New York, and on international trade policy in Geneva. At home, he served in the Department of Global Affairs and the Privy Council Office on a range of foreign, trade and social policy issues. He also represented Canada as the co-chair of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility housed at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2014, Tobi was elected as a city councillor in the City of Ottawa, and became the chair of the City’s built heritage sub-committee. In his role as councillor, he championed sustainable land-use planning and transportation, transparency and accountability, as well as ambitious city building. He was also an active contributor on urban issues as a writer and speaker. Tobi, who speaks English, French and German, is married with two school-aged daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, racquet sports and consuming the extraordinary music, arts and culture the Capital Region has on offer. He can, on occasion, also be found sitting on his front porch, coffee and latest city-making book in hand.

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