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ASF Spotlight : The University of Edinburgh Business School Alumni Panel Discussion & Reception, New York

The University of Edinburgh Business School Alumni Panel Discussion & Reception, New York

American Scottish Foundation Members & Friends,  are invited to attend an alumni panel event hosted by the University of Edinburgh Business School on  

Navigating Industry & Career Challenges in a Fast-paced World

Thursday 19 October 2017  6 – 8pm

The Penn Club  

30 West 44th Street, New York  

This special event will feature lively debate on a range of issues, including Globalization, Big Data, Block Chain and other innovations shaping the future of a range of different sectors, from human resource management to financial services.

Discussions will be chaired by Alumnus: 

Moderator : Mark McSherry, Editor – Scottish Business Review (MBA 2001), with participation from a panel of fellow University of Edinburgh Business School graduates:

  • Olive Darragh, Founder and CEO of Zolio Inc (BCom 1985)

  • Pavle Sabic, Head of Market Development at S&P Global Market Intelligence (MSc Finance and Investment 2007)

  • Ashley Bendell, District Manager, Majors Accounts, ADP (BCom 1999)

  • Dr Allison Schrager, Columnist at Quartz (MA Hons Economics, 2000)

The panel discussion will be followed by a networking reception, allowing members of the University’s Alumni network, the American Scottish Foundation and the wider business community to “connect”.

There is no charge to attend.   

Please RSVP by clicking on THIS LINK directly to the University of Edinburgh Business School Events Page,

-  Click Register  -  Then on the drop menu click Visitor

-  Then you will complete the form  

-  Finally please click you are attending thr’ the ASF

If you have questions please contact the ASF Events office on

t. 212 605 0338 or e.

The 2017 Scottish NA Leadership Conference journeys to Canada

The Scottish North American Leadership Conference 2017 journeyed last month to Canada for the 15th Annual SNALC hosted by CASSOC & Guelph University under the direction of Christine Woodcock.

The Annual Conference is organized by founding members The Chicago Scots, American-Scottish Foundation, together with Detroit St Andrews, COSCA & CASSOC.

The Conference has been held in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Edinburgh over the years, this was SNALCs first visit to Canada – and what great hosts they were.

Organized to take place in conjunction with the Fergus Scottish Festival, the conference drew delegates from all over the States, from Colorado, Florida, New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and on.

Richard Knight and Noelle Campbell of Visit Scotland were on hand together with Chris Maskell  of the Scottish Affairs, Canada.

 As Don Cummer of Kilt Skate Blog noted:

“Scottish societies across the continent are facing the same challenges of reaching out to their communities — both the Scottish and non-Scottish. We face the same challenges of engaging a younger demographic. And we can take heart from the leadership and best practices that have been demonstrated elsewhere.

SNALC 2018 returns to the United States, details to be announced shortly.

ASF Spotlight: American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways

Help support Scottish Waterways Trust Crowd Funding Appeal for Falkirk Community Hub Center!  The deadline to meet the 10,000 GBP goal is September 13th, 2017 – so please act now.

In May the Hub, which acted as an outdoor “classroom,” shelter and community meet up spot for Falkirk, was lost to a fire – deliberately set.

The American-Scottish Foundation is supporting the initiative to rebuild the Waterways Hub, and offers you a way to support with a tax deductible donation via ASF Paypal Link.

The Waterways HubYou can also donate directly to the UK Crowd Funding campaign (this will not carry a US Tax Deduction).

If you have questions please call the ASF Office on t. 212 605 0338.

ASF suggested levels of support for the The Scottish Waterways Trust Crowd funding Hub Campaign:
$25   $45   $75   $150   $250   $500   $750   $1000   $1500

For US Donations click here and enter your level of support.

ASF Spotlight: NTS USA

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA have just unveiled an exciting new initiative – “Project Reveal.”

Six curatorial inventory teams have begun to catalog and photograph all of the collections displayed and stored in 47 NTS properties, including Brodie CastlePitmedden Garden, and Culzean Castle and Country Park.

The cataloging process will take 18 months, as there are over 100,000 objects to be recorded!

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By the end of the project, the NTS will have an updated and accurate database record of every item in its care, which will in turn help the Trust effectively manage these collections.

This will mean that it will be easier than ever for the NTS to share the history and beauty of its collections.

Most of the Trust’s collections are on display at historic houses, castles, cottages and workshops, which means that a lot of the curatorial inventory will take place in front of visitors.

We look forward to learning more about the NTS USA ‘s hidden treasures, and the exciting stories that “Project Reveal” will have to share.

ASF Corporate Members

With grateful thanks to our ASF Corporate Members. Learn more of our Members by clicking on their logos:


Visit Scotland

American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways


The Helix

Scottish Canals

NYC Landmarks 50

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Clan Chief Tours

Scottish Waterways Trust

The Archie Foundation

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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Business School

Harney & Sons

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University of Aberdeen

Scottish Tartans Authority

ASF members promo code ASFWWBC14

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Dunmore Scotland

Andy Scott Sculpture

Ken Paterson Photography


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Broad Daylight

Stevens & Graham

Clan Hannay

Global EMA

Asia Scotland Institute

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City of Glasgow College

Mountbatten Institute

Burns Society
of the City of New York

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21st Century Kilts

Siobhan Mackenzie

Jones Wood Foundry

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The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

Walkers Shortbread

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra

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Gray Line Scotland

Coach USA

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British Heritage Travel

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Norwegian Airlines begin new services North East regional airports to Edinburgh

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Exciting news from Norwegian Airlines as they announce new routes into regional north east airports – flying directly into Edinburgh at greatly discounted rates.

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All of us at The American-Scottish Foundation® are looking forward to taking advantage of the new routes Norwegian Airlines have just opened up from the northeast USA to Ireland and into Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ticket prices vary depending on when you are booking. We were just checking tickets later this summer and into September – they were as low as $99 each way – with many days quoting $195 each way

Stewart International Airport, Hudson Valley,
1 1/2 hrs from New York – Daily flights from 15 June

TF Green Airport (PVD), Rhode Island
4 times weekly flights from 16 July

Bradley International Airport (KBDL) Connecticut
3 times weekly flights from 17 June

BIG POINT TO NOTE: If you are flying INTO Stewart Int. Airport you do need to book a seat on the bus down to NYC Port Authority or you are looking at a taxi fare of over $200!!

Of course if you are staying in CT or Mid Hudson Valley this is very convenient.

Delta announces direct daily flights to Glasgow

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The American-Scottish Foundation® is so delighted to share the following news from VisitScotland and Glasgow Life, announcing the recent launch of Delta Airline’s new year-round direct service from New York City to Glasgow:

Extracts from the press announcement note:

… Scottish tourism is set for an American boost this summer with the launch of Delta Air Lines’ non-stop service between New York-JFK and Glasgow – which complements Delta’s existing daily seasonal service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh, launched last year.

All flights offer fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin and complimentary on-demand, in-seat entertainment for every passenger on the aircraft.

Delta’s Scotland flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Delta’s direct service between JFK and Glasgow is a fantastic endorsement of Scotland by one of the world’s biggest airlines and is a huge growth opportunity for Scottish tourism. This new service to Glasgow is well timed to exploit the increased interest in our culture and ancestral tourism among prospective visitors from across North America, where we saw an 18 per cent growth in 2016. This interest continues to grow thanks to a favourable exchange rate, initiatives such as our Spirit of Scotland campaign and Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology as well as the hugely popular television adaptation of Outlander.”

The United States is Scotland’s biggest international market.  Last year, the country welcomed 600,000 visitors from North America – an 18 per cent increase on 2015. These visitors spent £640 million – a 40 per cent increase on the previous year.

Delta’s Glasgow – New York-JFK seasonal service :

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Glasgow at 13:00

New York-JFK at 15:29



New York-JFK 23:23

Glasgow at 11:15

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In the Footsteps of John Muir: Bi-Coastal Opening

The American-Scottish Foundation is thrilled to once more have the opportunity to showcase the magnificent work of Scottish photographer Ken Paterson – both on the East and West Coast – as he takes you on a journey into John Muir’s world from Dunbar to Yosemite.

“In the Footsteps of John Muir” features Ken Paterson’s photos taken on the trails founded in honor of the “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir, one of America’s most important conservationists in American History.

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The John Muir Way in Scotland winds its way 134 miles across Scotland’s heartland, running between the east and west coast. The route stretches from Muir’s birthplace, Dunbar through Falkirk, passing the famous Kelpies, to Helensburgh in the west.

 The John Muir Trail in America runs through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. The 210.4 mile trail has an elevation gain of around 47,000 feet, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

The John Muir exhibit returned to Federal Hall in NYC with new images on May 25, and it will be on display through July 25, 2017!

The exhibit is also on display at the John Muir National Historic Site, in the Muir-Strentzel House in Martinez, California through December 2017. Ken Parson will make an appearance there on June 10th, 2017, to speak about the journey and inspiration behind his photographs.

Find out more on the National Park Service Website, here.

The Scots Who Built New York: A Walking Tour App and Map on the Horizon

The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to have a vibrant and growing platform of Arts and Culture programming, including our contribution to the Landmarks 50+ project.

Through this partnership, the ASF has developed the fascinating history of The Scots Who Built New York’s Landmarks, chronicling the contribution of Scottish Americans to the building of New York.

picture-3Recently, The Times of London published an article on how The American-Scottish Foundation® is embarking on this second phase of The Scots Who Built New York project with the development of an App and A Map. As The Times notes this will be so useful to visitors to the City, and here at the ASF, we are excited and proud to be undertaking this next phase of the project.

With research undertaken by Architect and Architectural historian John Kinnear, The American-Scottish Foundation has developed a photographic series of talks exploring the huge contribution of Scottish-Americans to the building of New York.

To date, the five The Scots Who Built New York lectures have reflected on eras of architecture as exemplified by a leading Scottish architect of the time. Noted within the research and talks are references to other contemporary, leading Scottish American architects.

picture-2Now, the Scots who built New York’s landmarks will literally be put on the map by the newest addition to the project. The Scots who created important buildings like Carnegie Hall and Penn Station will be celebrated by a Walking Tour App, and NYC Map. With our work around this project we will expand our research, noting additional Scottish-American Landmark buildings that were built over the last 350 years.

As ASF’s executive director, Camilla Hellman, explains, the research for the project has taken over 18 months. “Now we are looking to move on to create a city map and walking tour app which will allow visitors to discover the leading buildings that Scottish-Americans have been responsible for,” she said.

picture-8As The Scots Who Built New York project has shown, people are often amazed to learn how much of NYC’s famous skyline is the result of the innovative work of Scottish architects, developers, and engineers. According to Ms Hellman, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the author and director of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Centre, said she has now come to realize that “all the leading landmarks in New York appear to have been built by Scots.”

The Scottish diaspora has truly been a part of New York’s fabric since the city’s early days. As John Kinnear notes, “Scottish-Americans and Scottish architects, in particular, have been a leading force in the developing of New York and remain so today. We are now looking to bring this important and fascinating history to a wider audience through the walking tour app and map, and ultimately, a coffee-table book entitled The Scots Who Built New York.”

The forthcoming project will spotlight various locations, like the designs of architect Charles McKim, including the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University. The map will also feature Carnegie Hall, which was financed by Scots philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, and the Empire State Building, which was designed by William Lamb.

Other highlights will include Gracie Mansion, which was originally built for Archibald Gracie of Dumfries, President Ulysses Grant’s mausoleum, which was designed by John Duncan, and St Andrew’s Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the US.

picture-6We are looking to have the App and Map for April 2017, to coincide with the Tartan Week celebrations that will take place in New York City at that time.

Would you like to join us as a Sponsor or Patron of the exciting next phase of this project?

Find out more about The Scots Who Built New York, and how you can support the project on the ASF website, here.

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The 2016 World Canals Conference is hosted this year in Inverness, Scotland by Scottish Canals, September 19 – 22

The 2016 World Canals Conference will take place this year in Inverness, Scotland, from September 19-22, hosted by Scottish Canals.

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the nation’s waterways themselves, which includes 251 bridges, 212 buildings, 256 locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland.

The World Canal Conference, founded in 2008 by Inland Waterways International , is held annually to bring people and organisations together who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide.

This is the second time Scotland has hosted the Conference which will bring together more than 300 business leaders and global professionals to celebrate achievements and pioneering work taking place across the globe. Topics of discussion will include water management and flood mitigation, engineering and heritage asset management to commercializing the assets, growing tourism, regeneration and the impact of climate change.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting the 2016 World Canals Conference and it’s shaping up to be the best yet, with a host of world-renowned speakers set to join us amidst the myth and majesty of the Scottish Highlands in September.

“From Panama to Paris, there are a huge number of innovative projects taking place on canals all over the globe and waterways continue to play a vital role in the communities that line their banks.” 

Joining from the Americas will be:
Roland Lewis, President and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, New York, will join as a keynote speaker on day two of the four-day conference.

He will draw on his extensive experience in leading the transformation and regeneration of New York and New Jersey’s waterways and 700 miles of shoreline into a vibrant, healthy, resilient, and accessible resource.

Since the Waterfront Alliance’s inception in 2007, the Alliance has grown into a coalition of more than 900 organisations working together to bring about real change in New York and New Jersey.

Alexander ‘Pete’ Grannis
, First deputy comptroller for New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), Commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and former Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From fighting to clean up long-festering toxic waste sites and reducing damaging acid rain to championing groundbreaking laws to increase recycling, Mr Grannis has been driving positive environmental change for more than three decades.

Grannis will speak on day four of the conference, joining the likes ofProfessor Mark Horton - presenter of BBC’s Coast – and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Dame Seona Reid.

Completing the trio of speakers from the Americas isDanielFábrega, the Panamanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom who will be speaking about the Panama Canal extension.

Before his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Fábrega served as the Vice President for Exports for Varelas Hemanos S.A. Mr Fábrega will speak of the vital role of the Panama Canal in his nation’s economy during day two of the World Canals Conference.

For ticket information and events surrounding the Conference
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