François Rivest - Biography

François Rivest

François Rivest joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1991

He served twice at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, including from 2002 to 2006 as program manager and head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Section, where he also managed the Canadian government offices in Sapporo and Hiroshima.  From 2006 to 2008, he was senior trade commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong. In 2008, he was appointed consul general of Canada in Guangzhou, China. From 2013 to 2016, he served as minister-counsellor and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy in Mexico City, where he also acted for a period as deputy head of mission.

At Headquarters, Mr. Rivest completed assignments in ministerial outreach, international trade finance, overseas operations and trade policy. In 2016, Mr. Rivest was appointed deputy head of mission and minister-counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Kabul.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Rivest served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Air), worked for the City of Winnipeg and for the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Mr. Rivest holds a Bachelor of Management Science from the University of Ottawa (1983) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba, (1991).