Born in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada, Allan Culham received a Bachelors degree in Economics (Queen’s University, 1973) and a Masters degree in Economics (University of Western Ontario, 1974).
He joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1981, after a number of years engaged in development work in Africa. Within CIDA, he held a number of programme planning positions as well as the position of Director of Corporate Information.
In 1992, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at which time he served as Director of the Energy and Nuclear Affairs Division (1992-96). During this period, he represented Canada in a variety of capacities and at a number of international meetings, including the Group of Seven Economic Summits and at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
As a Foreign Service Officer, he served abroad at the Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1983-85) and the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (1988-91), as a member of the development co-operation section. He later served at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico (1996-99), where he was the Minister Counselor and Head of the Political Section.
In August 1999, he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala and to the Republic of El Salvador and served in this position until July 2002. In August 2002, he was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and served in this position until his return to Canada in July 2005.
In September 2005, he was appointed as Inspector General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, in Ottawa. In August 2007, he joined the Treasury Board Secretariat as the Executive Director of the International Affairs, Immigration and Defence Division. In May 2008 until recently, he was Vice-President, Pan-Geographic, at CIDA, responsible for its Business Modernization Initiative.
Mr. Culham succeeded to Graeme C. Clark in September 2010 as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C.
In 2013, Ambassador Culham was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his outstanding contributions to Canada in his XX years of public service.
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