On November 8th, Robert Fowler addressed the Canadian Club of Ottawa. Fowler discussed his book, "A Season in Hell," and shared his story of being abducted and held captive by al-Qaida terrorists in Africa.
Fowler has played several important roles throughout his 38 years in public service, including serving as personal representative for Africa for prime ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Steven Harper. Fowler was Canada's ambassador to the United Nations from 1995 to 2000. In July 2008, Fowler was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Envoy to Niger. Later that year, in December, Fowler and his colleague Louis Guay were abducted by al-Qaida terrorists and held for 130 days in the Sahara Desert.
Fowler is currently a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.