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The Spy Who Came from the Cold! The Canadian Ambassador Who Rescued the Americans in the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 1, 2013


A scene from the 2012 movie, Argo. (Image: Ali Poyrazoglu)


The 2012 film Argo has stirred controversy about how the six American diplomats were released during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Join us for a discussion with Ambassador Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran, and his wife Dr. Patricia Taylor. In a conversation with Canadian Senator Pamela Wallin, they will revisit the events of the crisis and what they mean today.

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Kenneth D. Taylor

Former Ambassador, Canada

Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1959. His assignments included Guatemala, Detroit, Pakistan, London, Ottawa, Tehran, and New York. He resigned from the diplomatic service in 1984 to join Nabisco Brands/RJR Nabisco as senior vice president international. He formulated and implemented polices to strengthen the $21 billion company's international presence. Following change of control of the company in 1989, he has served either in an advisory capacity or as a director for a number of companies both in Canada and abroad.

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Dr. Patricia E. Taylor

Chair, Women’s International Advisory Council of International House

Dr. Patricia E. Taylor is the wife of Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran. She has accompanied her husband on his various foreign service postings in Guatemala City, Detroit, Karachi, London, Tehran, and New York City, and she has worked at research institutions in each of these places. Taylor has held a number of research fellowships and scholarships including an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, Fulbright, and Rockefeller Foundation Grants. She has also served on several Canadian, U.S.

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Pamela Wallin

Senator, Canada

Pamela Wallin O.C., S.O.M., was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 22, 2008. She is chair of the Senate's National Security and Defence Committee, and also serves on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee. She has been honorary colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force since August 1, 2009. Wallin is also the chancellor emeritus of the University of Guelph. She serves on several corporate boards, including Gluskin Sheff & Associates and Porter Airlines. Wallin is also a member of a special advisory board for BMO Harris Bank.

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