Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 300 - October 7, 2009 - 5 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Bruce Levy becomes High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Ken Lewis becomes Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Bruce Levy (BA [Journalism], Ryerson University, 1979) worked as a reporter/editor for Broadcast News Ltd. in Toronto prior to joining the Department of External Affairs in 1986. He has since served abroad in Manila, Bangkok, Hanoi and Washington, D.C. At Headquarters, he has served as assignment officer with the Political/Economic Assignments Division; advisor, U.S. General Relations Division; deputy director, Assignments Division; and director, U.S. Relations Division. He has also served with the Privy Council Office from 1997 to 1999 as foreign policy analyst within the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat and from 2003 to 2004 on special assignment with the prime minister’s foreign policy advisor. Mr. Levy has most recently served as minister-counsellor (Political) and head of section at the Embassy of Canada to the United States of America. He is married to Ingrid Knutson and has two daughters, Greta and Antonia. Mr. Bruce Levy succeeds Ms. Angela Bogdan.

Ken Lewis (BA [Political Science], University of Guelph, 1973; MA, Dalhousie University, 1974) worked for the Department of Indian and Northern Development prior to joining External Affairs in 1975. He has been posted to Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Jakarta, Beijing and Kandahar. At Headquarters, Mr. Lewis has held various officer positions relating to defence relations, aid policy, export finance development, and multilateral trade negotiations. As well, he has been director of the Asia Pacific Coordination Division and deputy senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He has most recently served as representative of Canada in Kandahar. He and his spouse, Wendy MunWai Lewis, have two children, SuLin and Michael. Mr. Ken Lewis succeeds Ms. Sara Hradecky.