Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 221 - August 11, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Ariel Delouya becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Denis Kingsley becomes High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Roberta Santi becomes Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation, with concurrent accreditation to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Graham Shantz becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, with concurrent accreditation to the Principality of Andorra.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Ariel Delouya (BA [Political Science], McGill University, 1984; MA [International Relations], Carleton University, 1992) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986. He served abroad in Ankara from 1987 to 1989 and in Washington, D.C., from 2002 to 2006, where he was minister-counsellor (Congressional Relations and Legal Affairs). In Ottawa, Mr. Delouya has held a number of positions, including departmental spokesperson with the Media Relations Office and deputy director of the International Economic Relations and Summits Division, where he was responsible for G8 summits. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Delouya was on secondment to the Privy Council Office, first as foreign policy advisor in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat from 1998 to 2000, and then as chief of staff to the Clerk of the Privy Council from 2000 to 2002. He is currently director of the Policy Research Division with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Mr. Delouya is married to Sarah Meyer, and they have 12-year-old twin boys. Mr. Delouya succeeds Bruno Picard.

Denis Kingsley (BComm, University of Ottawa, 1980) began his career in the public service in 1982. He has since worked with various agencies and departments, such as the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, the Transportation Safety Board, the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where he was director general responsible for the Sahel and Côte d’Ivoire Program, Africa and Middle East Branch. In 2003, he was named vice-president of CIDA’s Human Resources and Corporate Services Branch, which included the role of chief financial officer for the Agency and a seat on its Executive Committee. He is currently high commissioner to Jamaica. He and his wife, Jo-Ann, have two daughters, Julie and Marie-Andrée. Mr. Kingsley succeeds Caroline Chrétien.

Roberta Santi (BA, University of Waterloo, 1972) entered the public service in 1972. Her career includes senior-level policy and operational assignments with the Privy Council Office, where she served as director of operations, Social Development Policy, and assistant secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, and is currently the assistant secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government. She also served with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where she was assistant secretary and associate deputy comptroller general. In addition, Ms. Santi held positions at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the former departments of Energy, Mines and Resources, Health and Welfare, and Employment and Immigration. Since 2006, Ms. Santi has been chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Public Governance Committee. She is married to Colin May, and they have two daughters. Ms. Santi succeeds Robert Collette.

Graham Shantz (BA [Economics], Goshen College, Indiana, 1983; MA [International Affairs], Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1987) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1990. He has held various positions at the department’s headquarters, such as deputy director, Investment Trade Policy Division, as well as director general, Policy Planning Bureau, and, until recently, acting assistant deputy minister, Policy and Strategic Planning Branch. He has also served abroad in Beijing and Jakarta. In Ottawa, Mr. Shantz has held management positions with the Privy Council Office and the Department of Finance Canada, and has served with the Canadian International Development Agency. He and his spouse, Melanie Alton, have two children. Mr. Shantz succeeds Malcolm McKechnie.