Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 271 - August 27, 2010 - 4:55 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Deborah Chatsis becomes Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Gregory Goldhawk becomes Ambassador to Mongolia.

Tamara Guttman becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Slovenia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

James Lambert becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with concurrent accreditation as Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Alain Latulippe becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Mozambique.

John C. Sloan becomes Ambassador to the Russian Federation, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Armenia.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Deborah Chatsis (BSc [Mechanical Engineering], University of Saskatchewan, 1983; LLB, University of Saskatchewan, 1986; LLM [International Law], University of Ottawa, 1998; MPA, Harvard University, 2007) worked as a law clerk with the Appeal Division of the Federal Court of Canada before joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1989. Since then she has served in Beijing, Bogotá, Miami, Geneva and New York City. At Headquarters she has served with the Legal Operations and Human Rights divisions. She has also served on secondment to Indian Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada as senior adviser, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the Privy Council Office as senior adviser, Social Policy Development Secretariat. She currently serves as executive assistant to the deputy minister of foreign affairs. Ms. Chatsis succeeds Deanna Horton.

Gregory Goldhawk (BA [Political Science], Carleton University, 1977; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1979; MBA, University of Western Ontario, 1981) worked as a researcher on the Macdonald Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada with the Privy Council Office, and as a corporate planning officer with the Export Development Corporation prior to joining the Department of External Affairs in 1981. He has served in Canada’s diplomatic missions in Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C., Athens, Sydney and Atlanta, Ga. At Headquarters, he has held numerous positions, including marketing officer with the U.S. Trade and Investment Development Division, deputy director of the U.S. Trade and Tourism Development Division and deputy director of the Korea and East Asia Division. He is currently commercial counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Bangkok. Mr. Goldhawk succeeds Anna Biolik.

Tamara Guttman (BA, Carleton University, 1989) joined the public service in 1990 as a foreign service officer with the Department of External Affairs and International Trade. She has served abroad in Budapest, Seoul and Copenhagen. At Headquarters, she has held assignments in the South-East Asia Relations and Western Europe Relations divisions. She has also served as NATO desk officer in the Defence Relations Division, as head of the Organization of American States section in the Mexico and Inter-American Affairs Division, as senior strategist in the Trade Policy Planning Division, as deputy director in the Policy Coordination (Economic) Division and as director of the Mexico and North America Division. She has also held the position of speechwriter and foreign policy adviser to the minister of foreign affairs, the deputy prime minister and minister of finance. She most recently served as minister-counsellor (political, economic and public affairs) in Rome. Ms. Guttman succeeds Pierre Guimond.

James Lambert (BA Honours, Queen’s University, 1979) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982 after MA studies at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and served abroad in Lagos, San José, Tokyo and Mexico City, and in Guatemala City as ambassador to Guatemala. At Headquarters, he held positions in the International Economic Relations Division, the Asia Pacific Regional Coordination Division and the Caribbean and Central America Division. He is currently director general of the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau. He is married to Alexandra Echeverria-Lambert; they have two children. Mr. Lambert succeeds James Wall.

Alain Latulippe (BA [Science], Académie de Côte d’Ivoire, 1981; BA [English and Italian Literature], Concordia University, 1984; two post-graduate diplomas [International Affairs], National School of Public Administration, 1990) volunteered with the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation in rural Gabon from 1985 to 1987, then worked as a consultant to the international development minister and as program manager in the Canadian International Development Agency’s Francophone Africa Branch from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Latulippe joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1990 and has since served abroad in Maputo, Prague and twice in Brasilia. At Headquarters, he has served as desk officer, North Asian Relations Division; desk officer, African Relations Division; senior political analyst, Western Europe Division, and as senior departmental adviser to the minister of foreign affairs. He was appointed ambassador to Uruguay in 2007. He is the father of four children. Mr. Latulippe succeeds Philip Baker.

John C. Sloan (BA [Chinese Studies], Stanford University 1973; MSc [International Relations] London School of Economics, 1975; MBA, Business School Lausanne, 1990) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Beijing, Geneva, London and Tokyo. After participating in the UN General Assembly and serving with Consular Affairs, he studied Japanese at Foreign Service Institute Yokohama for two years prior to his posting to Tokyo in 1978. At Headquarters, he has served in the East Asia Division and the Economic and Trade Policy Bureau and as the senior departmental assistant to the minister for international trade. In 1992 he was seconded to the Department of Finance, serving in the International Finance and Development Division, and then in London and Tokyo as finance counsellor. From 2000 to 2006 he served in London as special adviser and manager for the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority, overseeing the Authority’s non-European international activity. In September 2006 he returned to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in Ottawa as director general of the Economic Policy Bureau. He is married to Martine Sloan, and has two daughters, Catherine and Stéphanie. Mr. Sloan succeeds Ralph Lysyshyn.