Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 37 - February 9, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Fredericka Gregory becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe, in Vienna.

Karen L. McDonald becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Fredericka Gregory (BA, Honours [Political Science and German Literature], Queen's University, 1978) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1982. She served abroad at Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, and in Paris and Berlin. In Ottawa, she undertook assignments in a number of divisions, including Western Europe Relations and International Economic Relations; she was also the G8 Economic Summit coordinator and director of the Northern Europe Division. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Gregory served as ambassador to Denmark. She will be accompanied to her new post by Florian Schöpp. Ms. Gregory succeeds Barbara Gibson.

Karen L. McDonald (BSc [Linguistics], Laurentian University, 1980) joined the public service in 1980, and worked at the Secretary of State Department's Translation Bureau prior to joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1989. At Headquarters, she has held various positions, including executive assistant to the deputy minister of foreign affairs, director of the Canada-U.S. Relations Division, and head of the Organization of American States Unit. She has also been seconded to the Privy Council Office, where she served as foreign policy adviser (western hemisphere) from 1999 to 2001, and to the Canadian International Development Agency. Abroad, she has been posted to the Canadian Embassy in Bogotá, where she was responsible for Canada's aid programs in Colombia and Ecuador, and to the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO in Brussels, where she was deputy political advisor. She most recently served as minister-counsellor for political-economic relations and public affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Brazil. Ms. McDonald is married to Bruce White. She succeeds Howard Strauss.