Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 256 - August 12, 2010 - 8:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Patrick G. Binns becomes Consul General in Boston (United States of America).

Perry Calderwood becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal.

Paula Caldwell St-Onge becomes Consul General in Dallas (United States of America).

Hilary Childs-Adams becomes Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic.

Allan Culham becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C.

Paul Gibbard becomes Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Mark Gwozdecky becomes Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Paul Hunt becomes Ambassador to the State of Israel.

Ross Hynes becomes High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Jamal Khokhar becomes Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Gwyneth A. Kutz becomes Ambassador to the Argentine Republic.

Matthew Levin becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba.

Cameron MacKay becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica.

Randolph Mank becomes High Commissioner to Malaysia.

Henri-Paul Normandin becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.

Roy B. Norton becomes Consul General in Detroit (United States of America).

Gilles Rivard becomes Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in New York City.

Michael Small becomes High Commissioner to Australia with concurrent accreditation to the Solomon Islands, and Ambassador to the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Denis Stevens becomes Consul General in Seattle (United States of America).

Christopher Thornley becomes Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines.

Marianick Tremblay becomes Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

Francis Trudel becomes Ambassador to the Eastern Republic of Uruguay.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Patrick G. Binns (BA [Economics and Political Science], University of Alberta, 1969; MA [Community Development], University of Alberta, 1971) worked first in northern Alberta as a community development officer. In 1972 he began work for the Prince Edward Island Rural Development Council. He served in P.E.I.’s public service from 1974 to 1978 and was a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Public Service. From 1978 to 1984, he served in P.E.I.’s provincial legislature and held many cabinet portfolios. From 1984 to 1988, he was the member of Parliament for Cardigan and served as a parliamentary secretary. From 1988 to 1996, he was president of Island Bean Ltd. and Pat Binns and Associates. He became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I. and the province’s 30th premier in 1996. Mr. Binns’s government was re-elected to two more terms. During his 11 years as premier, Mr. Binns established the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre, founded and led Team Atlantic trade missions abroad and promoted the bio-science industry. Since 2007 he has served as ambassador of Canada to Ireland. Mr. Binns and his wife, Carol, have four adult children, Rob, Mark, Brad and Lilly. Mr. Binns succeeds Neil LeBlanc.

Perry Calderwood (BA Honours [Soviet and East European Studies], Carleton University, 1983; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1986) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986 and has since served abroad in Geneva, New York, Bogotá, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Pretoria. At Headquarters, he has served as desk officer with the South America Relations Division, the UN and Nuclear Affairs Division and the Arms Control and Disarmament Division. He also served as deputy director of the UN and Commonwealth Affairs Division, as deputy to the prime minister’s personal representative to Africa and as director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Division. In 2007 he was appointed ambassador to Venezuela. Mr. Calderwood succeeds Jean-Pierre Bolduc.

Paula Caldwell St-Onge (BS Honours, Queen’s University, 1987) began her career in the public service with the Federal Environmental Assessment Agency in 1989. She has held progressively more senior positions in her career, including senior trade commissioner at the Canadian Consulate in São Paulo, program manager and senior adviser with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, senior communications officer at the Privy Council Office, and director general of national programs (enforcement, emergencies/security and environmental assessments) at Environment Canada. She has also been the recipient of the Head of the Public Service Award (Excellence in Policy) and has served on two international boards on the environment. Currently she holds the position of minister-counsellor and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy to Mexico. She is married to Daniel St-Onge; they have one child. Ms. Caldwell St-Onge succeeds Norris Pettis.

Hilary Childs-Adams (BSL Honours, Laurentian University, 1976) began work at the House of Commons in 1976 and joined the public service in 1978, serving first with the deputy solicitor general before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1980 as a foreign service officer. She has served abroad in Mexico City, New York City, Brussels and Berlin, and in Canada with Teleglobe Canada in Montreal. At Headquarters, she has held a variety of positions in the fields of energy and environment, public diplomacy and federal-provincial relations, and was director of the Western Europe Division. In 2006 she was appointed minister and deputy head of mission at the Canadian embassy to Germany. She has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Nicola. Ms. Childs-Adams succeeds Martial Pagé.

Allan Culham (BA Honours [Economics], Queen’s University, 1973; MA [Economics], University of Western Ontario, 1974) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1981, after a number of years engaged in development work in Africa. At CIDA, he held a number of program planning positions, as well as the position of director of corporate information. Moving to the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1992, he served as director of the Energy and Nuclear Affairs Division until 1996, representing Canada in a variety of capacities and at a number of international meetings and institutions, including G-7 economic summits and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He served abroad at the Canadian high commission to Tanzania and the embassies to Indonesia, and Mexico; at the latter he was the minister-counsellor and head of the Political Section. In 1999, he was appointed ambassador to Guatemala and concurrently to El Salvador, and in 2002 ambassador to Venezuela. In 2005, he became inspector general of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and in 2008 was seconded to Treasury Board as executive director of international affairs, immigration and defence. Since 2008 he has served with CIDA as vice-president, pan-geographic programs. Mr. Culham succeeds Graeme Clark.

Paul Gibbard (BA, University of Calgary, 1983; MA, University of East Anglia, 1985) joined the Canadian foreign service in 1992, after having worked in the non-profit, cooperative and business sectors. He has served abroad in Costa Rica, Cuba, and on exchange to the Mexican foreign ministry. At Headquarters, he has served as desk officer for the Commonwealth Caribbean Division and Mexico Division and as deputy director of the U.S. Border Issues and Preclearance Division. In 2005 Mr. Gibbard served as policy analyst in the Borders Task Force at the Privy Council Office. He is currently director of the Circumpolar and Aboriginal Affairs Division. He and his spouse Debbie DesRosiers have a son, Robyn, and a daughter, Piaf. Mr. Gibbard succeeds Perry Calderwood.

Mark Gwozdecky (BA [English Literature], University of Western Ontario, 1980) was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982 and served abroad in Seoul, Manila, Damascus and Vienna. He served as Canada’s Olympic Team attaché during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. In 1995 as acting chargé d’affaires in Lebanon, he assisted the Refugee Working Group of the Middle East Peace Process. Between 2002 and 2005, he was chief spokesperson and director of public information for the International Atomic Energy Agency, which was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Peace. At Headquarters he has served in a variety of functions, predominantly in the International Security Branch, where he has been deputy director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Division, coordinator of the Mine Action Team and director of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Division. He is currently senior coordinator of the International Crime and Terrorism Bureau. He is married to Wendy Hadwen and has five children. Mr. Gwozdecky succeeds Margaret Huber.

Paul Hunt (BA Honours [Economics/Political Science], Glendon College, York University, 1976) worked with the Government of Ontario, General Motors and federal departments including Environment Canada, Agriculture Canada and Forestry Canada, as well as participated in the Royal Commission on Foreign Service, prior to joining the Canadian International Development Agency. He has served as director, Industrial Cooperation Programs for Africa and the Americas; director general, Sahel and Côte d’Ivoire Program; director general, Strategic Planning; vice-president, Africa and Middle East; and vice-president, Africa. He has also served abroad with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Central America. Since 2007 he has served as Canada’s ambassador to Brazil. He is married to Pauline Mantha. Mr. Hunt succeeds Jon Allen.

Ross Hynes (LLB, University of Toronto, 1975; MPA, Queen’s University, 1980) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1976. His postings abroad have included Warsaw, Lagos and Canada’s United Nations missions in Geneva and New York City, and service as Canadian representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights. At Headquarters, Mr. Hynes has served in several capacities, including senior departmental assistant to the secretary of state for external affairs, departmental human rights coordinator and director of human rights, women’s equality and justice affairs. He has also served as deputy executive director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, Canada’s ambassador for mine action and director general of Foreign Affairs Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force Secretariat. He has most recently served as high commissioner to Kenya, with concurrent accreditation to Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea, and as permanent representative to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and to the United Nations Environment Program, in Nairobi. He and his spouse, Vanessa, have two grown sons, Darren and Jason. Mr. Hynes succeeds Randolph Mank.

Jamal Khokhar (BA Honours [Political Science], McGill University, 1983; Dipl [International Development], University of Ottawa, 1984; Fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2002-2003) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986. He has served abroad in Lagos, São Paulo and, in Washington, D.C., first as deputy head of the embassy’s Trade and Economic Policy Section, and then as minister-counsellor and head of its Congressional and Legal Affairs Section. He has served in a variety of trade and economic policy positions at Headquarters, including deputy director of the Economic and Trade Policy Division, Policy Staff, and executive assistant to the deputy minister for international trade. In 2003 on secondment to the Treasury Board Secretariat, he led the expenditure and management review of the federal government’s public security and anti-terrorism programs. In 2004 he returned to Foreign Affairs Canada as director general of the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau. In 2006 he was appointed chief of staff to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. Since 2008 Mr. Khokhar has been the regional director general for the Americas at the Canadian International Development Agency. Mr. Khokhar succeeds Paul Hunt.

Gwyneth A. Kutz (BA [General Humanities], University of Calgary, 1987) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1988. She has served abroad as a foreign service officer in Lima, Madrid, and at Canada’s permanent missions to the United Nations in New York City and to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. She headed Canada’s first diplomatic presence in Tirana before returning to Washington as deputy permanent representative of Canada to the Organization of American States, and was subsequently appointed Canada’s first resident ambassador to El Salvador. At Headquarters, Ms. Kutz has served in the Energy and Environment, Personnel Assignments, and Regional Security and Peacekeeping divisions; as director of the Human Rights, Gender Equality, Health and Population Division; and, most recently, as senior adviser, multilateral initiatives and advocacy. Ms. Kutz succeeds Tim Martin.

Matthew Levin (BA [Religious Studies], University of Manitoba, 1975; MA [International Policy], Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1984) taught at the University of Milan and worked with Amnesty International before joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1986. He has been posted abroad to San José, Washington, D.C., and twice to Moscow—most recently, there, as deputy head of mission. At Headquarters, he has held positions in the Southern Africa Task Force and in the Central America and Caribbean Relations, International Financial and Investment, and Economic Relations with Developing Countries divisions. He served for two years as executive assistant to the deputy minister for foreign affairs and as director, Environment and Sustainable Development Division. In 2005 Mr. Levin was appointed ambassador to Colombia. He currently serves as the director of operations with the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. He is married to Rosalba Imbrogno Levin and they have three children, Rachele, Michael and Giulia. Mr. Levin succeeds Jean-Pierre Juneau.

Cameron MacKay (BA, McGill University, 1990; MES, York University, 1996) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1995. Mr. MacKay served abroad at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 2001 to 2006. At Headquarters he has served as policy analyst, U.S. Transboundary Division; trade and economic relations officer, U.S. General Relations Division; senior trade policy officer (WTO), Trade Policy Planning Division; deputy director, Regional Trade Policy Division; and director of regional trade policy, Americas. Mr. MacKay most recently served as director of regional trade policy and chief negotiator for Canada’s free trade negotiations with Panama, Central America and Ukraine. He is married and has two children. Mr. MacKay succeeds Neil Reeder.

Randolph Mank (BA [Political Science], Wilfrid Laurier University, 1977; MA [Political Science], Wilfrid Laurier University, 1979) did research in economics at the London School of Economics before joining the Department of External Affairs in 1981, and served abroad in Athens, Stockholm, Jakarta and Tokyo. In 2003 he was appointed as ambassador to Indonesia, with concurrent accreditation to Timor-Leste. He subsequently led the department’s efforts in response to the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004. At Headquarters, he held a number of positions, including deputy director and acting director, Japan Division; director, Policy Planning Division; and director general, Asia South and Pacific Bureau. In 2008 he was appointed high commissioner to Pakistan. He has two children, Mari-Lisa and Noah. Mr. Mank succeeds David Collins.

Henri-Paul Normandin (BCL [Civil Law], McGill University, 1981; MA [International Relations], University of Ottawa, 1996). Before joining the civil service, Mr. Normandin worked for the Montreal-based Legal Information Research Group, first as researcher and then as director. As a lawyer he served with the Commission des services juridiques du Bas St-Laurent-Gaspésie [Bas St-Laurent-Gaspésie Legal Services Commission]. Since joining the Canadian International Development Agency in 1983, he has served abroad in Kinshasa and, twice, in Beijing. In Ottawa his positions have included senior development officer-analyst, China Program; senior governance specialist, Asia Branch; director of policy coordination; and director, Canada Fund for Africa. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2004 as director of human rights, humanitarian affairs and gender equality. In 2006 Mr. Normandin was appointed ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, in New York City. He is married with two children. Mr. Normandin succeeds Gilles Rivard.

Roy B. Norton (BA Honours [History], Carleton University, 1975; MA [Canadian History], Carleton University, 1976; MPA [U.S. Policy Development], Harvard University, 1990; MIPP [International Economics], Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1993; PhD [International Relations], School of Advanced International Studies, 1999) worked as a research assistant to Harvie Andre, M.P. for Calgary Centre, from 1976 to 1979. From 1979 to 1980 he served as legislative assistant to Jacques Flynn, leader of the government in the Senate. From 1980 to 1984 he served as legislative assistant to both Jacques Flynn, leader, and Duff Roblin, deputy leader, of the Opposition in the Senate. From 1984 to 1989, he served as senior policy adviser to Secretary of State for External Affairs Joe Clark. From 1990 to 1994 he served as first secretary (economic), at the Embassy of Canada to the United States. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Norton worked as an independent public policy consultant, dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. From 2000 to 2003, he served as executive director of international relations and chief of protocol with Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT). From 2003 to 2005, he acted as assistant deputy minister, president and chief executive officer of MEDT’s Ontario Exports Inc. From 2005 to 2006, he served as assistant deputy minister, international relations, and chief of protocol for Ontario’s Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. He currently serves as minister (congressional, public and intergovernmental relations) at the Embassy of Canada to the United States. Mr. Norton was named a lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, awarded Canada’s Golden Jubilee Medal in the same year, and given Ontario’s MEDT Summit Award for Leadership in 2003. In 2009 he was named an honorary Kentucky colonel by the governor of Kentucky. Mr. Norton succeeds Robert Noble.

Gilles Rivard (BSc [Geography], University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, 1982; MA [Economic Geography], University of Ottawa, 1985) has more than 24 years of experience in international relations, including seven years abroad in Guinea, Costa Rica and Peru. At the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), he has held the positions of program director for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic; director general of the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia programs; and director general of policy, strategic planning and technical service for Africa. In 2004 he accepted an assignment in the Privy Council Office as director of operations for the Global Affairs Secretariat. Upon his return to CIDA in 2005, he was appointed vice-president, Europe, Maghreb and Middle East, and in 2007 vice-president, Americas. He is currently ambassador to Haiti. He and his spouse, Danièle Ayotte, have two children, Jean-François and Marie-Hélène. Mr. Rivard succeeds Henri-Paul Normandin.

Michael Small (BA [Politics], Princeton University, 1978; MA [Political Science], University of Toronto, 1980; MPhil [Social Anthropology], Cambridge University, 1981) joined the Canadian foreign service in 1981 and has since had postings in Malaysia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico. He was appointed Canada’s ambassador to Cuba in 2000. From 2003 to 2004 he was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. At Headquarters, Mr. Small served as coordinator for the Canadian delegation to the Rio Earth Summit; as director, Peacebuilding and Human Security Division; as senior coordinator, federal, provincial, territorial relations; and as director general, Human Security and Human Rights Bureau. In 2006 he was appointed assistant deputy minister of the Global Issues Branch and in that capacity, served as Canada’s foreign affairs sous-sherpa for the 2007 and 2008 G-8 summits. He most recently served as assistant deputy minister, Human Resources Branch. He is accompanied by his spouse, Denise Jacques. Mr. Small succeeds Michael Leir.

Denis Stevens (BA Honours, Harvard University, 1988; LLB, MBA, McGill University, 1992) was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996, where he served as policy adviser to the minister of foreign affairs, deputy director in the Human Rights Division and director of policy in the Secretariat on War-Affected Children. A graduate of the Accelerated Executive Development Program, he has, since 2001, served in management positions at the departments of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs, Public Safety, and at the Privy Council Office. Since 2007, he has been the director general of intergovernmental relations and public outreach at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He is married to Geneviève Chanteloup, and they have two daughters. Mr. Stevens succeeds Peter Lloyd.

Christopher Thornley (BA, University of Victoria, 1983; MPA, Dalhousie University, 1985) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1990. Prior to entering the foreign service he was the manager of the World Trade Centre Halifax, a Nova Scotia Crown corporation. He has served abroad in Stockholm and Boston and as the head of the Canadian consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At Headquarters, he has served as desk officer, Trade Development Coordination Secretariat; desk officer, investment trade policy; deputy director, Trade Commissioner Service, Assignments Division; deputy director, India, South Asia Division; and director, Southeast Asia and Pacific Division. He has also served at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as director, International Markets Bureau, and acting director general, Operations, Market and Industry Services Branch. Mr. Thornley has most recently served as director of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Assignments and Pool Management Division. He is married to Catherine Thornley and has two sons, Stuart and Jack. Mr. Thornley succeeds Robert Desjardins.

Marianick Tremblay (BBA [Civil and International Law], Sherbrooke University, 1989; LLB, Sherbrooke University, 1990) worked as a litigator with Laurentienne Générale in Montreal prior to joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1993. She has since served abroad in Havana, Mexico, Rabat and Santiago. At Headquarters she has served as counsel with the Legal Operations Division, senior counsel with the Environmental Law Division, coordinator for the human security program and senior counsel on small arms, and deputy director for Brazil and Southern Cone, in the South America and Inter-American Affairs Division. She has most recently served as counsellor and political program manager at the Embassy of Canada to Chile. Ms. Tremblay will be accompanied by her husband, Francis Robert, and their two children, Anika and Olivier. Ms. Tremblay succeeds Claire Poulin.

Francis Trudel (BA, University of Ottawa, 1994; MSc, University of Quebec in Outaouais, 1998) joined the federal public service in 1998 as a human resources officer with the Department of National Defence. He developed his skills in this field through a number of assignments in various related corporate areas and was eventually appointed director of operations. He was appointed the director responsible for developing and implementing a number of corporate projects involving automation, data processing and infrastructure systems in a variety of fields. In 2007 he joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada as director general of human resources operations, and has been leading a working group on management risk assessment since 2009. He and his spouse, Renée Thauvette, have one daughter, Léa. Mr. Trudel succeeds Alain Latulippe.