Jonathan T. Fried

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization, Geneva

Jonathan T. Fried

Jonathan T. Fried (BA [Philosophy], University of Toronto; LL B [Law], University of Toronto; Masters [Law], Columbia University) formerly Ambassador of Canada to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Head of the Canada-United States Secretariat, Privy Council Office; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance, member of the Board of Directors of EDC and Canada's deputy for the G-7.

Mr. Fried has also held various positions with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, notably as Associate Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade, Economic and Environmental Policy; Chief Negotiator on the accession of China to the WTO; Director General of the General Trade Policy Bureau and Co-ordinator for the North American Free Trade Agreement, and earlier Principal Legal Counsel, Canada’s lead lawyer, for NAFTA and its side agreement negotiations, drafting of the agreement, and oversight of its implementation.

He has served abroad as Counsellor for Congressional and Legal Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and as Second Secretary and Vice Consul at the Canadian Embassy in Brazil.

Mr. Fried was elected three times by the General Assembly of the OAS as a member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, and served as its Chair in 1996. He was Chair of the APEC Experts' Group on Dispute Mediation from its creation in 1994 to 1997, and was Vice-Chair of the OECD Trade Committee from 1995 to 1997.

Mr. Fried was formerly Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

On August 24, 2012, Mr. Fried was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

He is married to Paula Vaillancourt.