Diplomatic Appointment

(No. 63 - March 9, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Janet Graham becomes Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Djibouti.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Janet Graham (BA [Geography], McMaster University, 1973) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1975 and has been posted to Pretoria, Port of Spain, Harare and Lagos, where she was acting high commissioner. In 1998, she was appointed high commissioner to Ghana and in 2001 high commissioner to Tanzania. In Ottawa, she has had a variety of assignments in areas including peacekeeping and regional security, continental defence relations and, in 2006, as director of the Sudan Task Force. She is currently director general of the Africa Bureau. She is married to John Shearman and they have three children. Janet Graham succeeds Yves Boulanger.