Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 244 - September 3, 2009 - Noon EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

François Montour becomes High Commissioner to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.

Kris Panday becomes Consul General in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

François Montour (BA [Business Administration], University of Ottawa, 1981; Certified General Accountant, Université du Québec à Hull, 1989) joined the federal public service in 1982 as a financial officer for the Comptroller General of Canada. He has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency since 1989, where he has held several positions, including that of director general, Information Management. Mr. Montour was posted to Kathmandu (1992-96) and Bamako (1996-98) as director of the Canadian Cooperation Service. He has been assigned to the Canadian Embassy in Haiti as chief of Canadian Cooperation since October 2004 and is also accredited to the Dominican Republic. He has been responsible for such initiatives as leading the pilot project on the application of the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in fragile states, a project under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and sponsored by Canada in Haiti. Mr. Montour was also closely involved in supporting the legislative and presidential elections held in 2005. These elections contributed to restoring democracy and social harmony in Haiti. Mr. Montour succeeds Charles Court.

Kris Panday (BA [Economics], University of Toronto, 1984; MA [Economics], University of Toronto, 1987) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986 and has served abroad in Port of Spain, Singapore, Seoul and Washington, D.C. In Ottawa, he has held a number of positions, including executive assistant to the deputy minister of International Trade, and director of the Softwood Lumber Division. Most recently he served as minister-counsellor (Congressional and Legal Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. Mr. Panday is married to Sonja (Yoo) Panday. He will be the first consul general of Canada to serve in Dubai.