Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 164 - June 15, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Philippe Beaulne becomes Ambassador to Romania, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Bulgaria, and High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus.

Stephen Hallihan becomes High Commissioner to Jamaica, with concurrent accreditation to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

John Hannaford becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway.

Marvin Hildebrand becomes Consul General in Mumbai, Republic of India.

Ron Hoffmann becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Philippe Beaulne (BScSoc [Political Science], 1979; MASc, 1981; DBA, 1989, University of Ottawa) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982 and has served in Port-au-Prince (twice), Paris and Dakar. In 2001, Mr. Beaulne was appointed ambassador to Guinea, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone. In Ottawa, he has worked in Central American, Caribbean and Middle East relations and in political intelligence analysis. He also served as deputy director of the West and Central Africa Division. Mr. Beaulne has been director of the Francophonie Affairs Division since 2005 and played a major role in organizing and delivering the Francophonie Summit held in October 2008 in the city of Quebec. He is married to Élizabeth Hilaire and has three children. Mr. Beaulne succeeds Marta Moszczenska.

Stephen Hallihan (BA Honours [French], Royal Military College of Canada, 1977; MA [Public Administration], Carleton University, 1995) joined the Canadian Forces in 1972 and held various command and staff appointments, including a tour as a peacekeeper in Cyprus and extensive service on NATO assignments in Europe. In 1983, he joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and held a series of program planning and management positions, including field postings in Malawi and South Africa. In Ottawa, he has served in a number of positions, including senior policy adviser in the Privy Council Office, director general of strategic change at National Defence, and director general of the Afghanistan Task Force with CIDA. He is currently director general of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office. He and his spouse Cathy have two children. Mr. Hallihan succeeds Denis Kingsley.

John Hannaford (BA Honours [History], Queen’s University; MSc [International Relations], London School of Economics; LLB, University of Toronto) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1995 and the Foreign Service in 1996. He has served abroad in Washington, D.C. In Ottawa, Mr. Hannaford has served in a number of legal and trade policy positions, such as deputy director (Market Access I) of the Trade Law Bureau and director of the United Nations, Human Rights and Economic Law Division. In 2007, Mr. Hannaford was appointed to his current position of director general of the Legal Affairs Bureau and deputy legal adviser. He and his spouse, Anne Lawson, have two daughters, Sarah and Jessica. Mr. Hannaford succeeds Jillian Stirk.

Marvin Hildebrand (BSc [Agricultural Economics], University of Manitoba, 1985; MSc [Agricultural Economics], University of Manitoba, 1989) joined the public service in 1989. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he served twice with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (1989-91 and 1995-97) and once with the Canadian Wheat Board (1991-95). From 1997 to 2001, he served at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. At Headquarters, he has been responsible for a range of trade policy issues as director of the Trade Controls Policy Division, as well as the Tariffs and Market Access Division. He is currently director of the Bilateral Market Access Division. Since 2005, he has served as lead market-access negotiator in free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with South Korea and several other countries, and recently served as chief negotiator for the Canada-Jordan FTA negotiations. Mr. Hildebrand succeeds Gary Luton.

Ron Hoffmann (BA Honours, University of Manitoba, 1984; MA [International Affairs], Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1990) worked as special assistant to Ontario’s minister of the environment and as policy adviser in the Office of the Premier of Ontario prior to joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1989. He has since served abroad in The Hague, Johannesburg, Beijing and London. In his posting in London, Mr. Hoffmann was minister (political affairs and public diplomacy). At Headquarters, he has served with the Export Finance and Capital Projects Division, the Trade Planning and Coordination Division, the Africa and Middle East Trade Development Division, and as director of the Defence and Security Policy Division. From 2001 to 2002, he served as senior departmental assistant to former foreign affairs ministers John Manley and Bill Graham. Mr. Hoffmann is currently ambassador to Afghanistan. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters, Elise and Ingrid. Mr. Hoffmann succeeds David Sproule.