David Biette is director of the Canada Institute, an integral program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The Wilson Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson. Established by Congress in 1968, it operates and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue in a nonpartisan setting. Before joining the Wilson Center in October 2001, Biette was executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. From 1986 to 1992, he served as a political-economic officer at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City, where he was a policy analyst for the energy, environment, political, native affairs and transportation portfolios. In this capacity he promoted Canadian federal and provincial policy to federal, state, and city agencies; private corporations; environmental NGOs; and local and national media. He has an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC; a BA from Bowdoin College in Maine; and a Diplôme de Hautes Études de Lettres et Civilisation from the Université de Nice, in France.