Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 250 - September 14, 2009 - 4:30 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Michèle Lévesque becomes Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Jean-Carol Pelletier becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Michèle Lévesque (Dipl. [Social Sciences], Jonquière CÉGEP, 1972; BA [Arts], University of Ottawa, 1975) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1984. Before that, she worked with the International Development Research Centre from 1977 to 1979, and with the United Nations in New York from 1981 to 1983. With CIDA, Ms. Lévesque served in the International Non-Governmental Organizations Division and the Multilateral Cooperation Division, where she focused on issues related to the UN and La Francophonie. In 1988, she was seconded to the Privy Council Office, where she served in the Government Operations and Work Relations Secretariat, as well as the Foreign and Defence Affairs Secretariat. Returning to CIDA in 1991, Ms. Lévesque supervised consultations on the agency’s management examination. From 1992 to 1998, she served as director and, subsequently, director general of the International Humanitarian Assistance Division. In 1998, she was named Canada’s ambassador to Senegal, a post she occupied until 2001. Upon her return to Canada, she worked as undersecretary of the Policy, Program and Protocol Branch with the Office of the Governor General, before being appointed ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. Most recently, she served as ambassador to Morocco. Ms. Lévesque succeeds Janet Graham.

Jean-Carol Pelletier first joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1990 as an embassy counsellor in Kinshasa, in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), accredited to Rwanda, Burundi and Congo. In 1997, Mr. Pelletier served again as an embassy counsellor in the Democratic Republic of Congo and, in 2004, in Burkina Faso, for the Francophonie Summit. In Ottawa, he has held a number of positions in the Francophone Africa Division’s trade section and Passport Canada. In 1980, Mr. Pelletier began his international work as chief executive officer of a public logging corporation in Zaire. He has had a number of senior-level appointments in both the private and public sector as a manager and adviser. He and his spouse have one child. Mr. Pelletier succeeds Jean-Pierre Lavoie.