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External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council or Outreach Council is a team of no more than ten “friends of the center” who are well positioned to enrich the Canadian Studies Center relationships with off-campus influencers. These influencers or stakeholders have the center’s need for helpful connections, faculty and student opportunities, and funding considerations first in mind. All are grounded in off-campus organizations. Some are MSU alumni and others have a cross border interest regarding policy or business practices. Others are focused on research collaboration and network building.

External Advisory Council members come together twice a year. Once in an actual face-to-face social gathering with the Faculty Advisory Council and secondly in a business-type setting focused on an update of the center and next steps they might assist on behalf of the center.

Honorary Chair

James J. Blanchard
Partner, DLA Piper Global
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Former Michigan Governor

Canadian Studies Center External Advisory Council

Janet Blanchard
Advisor to the Meridian International Center
Former First Lady of Michigan 

Daniel Lynch
Associate Professor and Director Emeritus, Centre for International Trade & Transportation, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Email: Dan.Lynch(at)

Dawn Pysarchik, PhD
Professor Emeritus, MSU Communications Arts and Sciences, Advertising and Public Relations
Email: pysarchi(at)

David Schmalz
Schmalz Financial Inc, Kincardine, Ontario

Kayleigh VandenBussche
International Government Relations Manager, General Motors, Detroit, MI