Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 282 - September 3, 2010 - 3:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

David Collins becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Uganda, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and to the United Nations Environment Programme, in Nairobi.

Christopher Cooter becomes High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Canada’s Permanent Observer to the Economic Community of West African States.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

David Collins (BA [History and Politics], Queen’s University, 1975; BComm [Business Administration], Concordia University, 1979; MSc [Management Studies], University of Durham, 1980; ACIS, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, 1982; Senior Executive Development Program, Banff School of Advanced Management, 1994) joined the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce in 1976 after naval service. Since then, he has served in his hometown of Halifax and abroad in Minneapolis, Warsaw, Ankara, Brussels (with Canada’s NATO delegation) and Seoul. He has also served as ambassador to Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, and as high commissioner to Pakistan. On secondment, Mr. Collins has served as director general, international and industry programs, at the Department of National Defence, and as director for defence partnership and cooperation in the NATO International Secretariat in Brussels. At Headquarters, he has served as senior departmental assistant to the minister for international trade; director, Northern Europe; and inspector general. He currently serves as high commissioner to Malaysia. He is married to Jacquie Collins; they have one adult son, Nicholas, a serving army officer. Mr. Collins succeeds Ross Hynes.

Christopher Cooter (BA, University of Toronto, 1981; MA, Columbia University, 1982; BCL/LLB, McGill University, 1986) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1990 after working in Vancouver as a lawyer in private practice and for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development as a lands officer. He has since served abroad in Nairobi and New Delhi. At Headquarters, he has served as foreign policy analyst with the North American and Euro-Atlantic Security and Defence Relations Division, desk officer in the Advisory Section of the Legal Operations Division, deputy director of security policy coordination with the Policy Planning Staff Division, deputy director in and subsequently director of the South-East Europe Division, and director of the Policy Planning Division. He also served on secondment to the Privy Council Office as a policy analyst. He is currently deputy permanent representative of the Canadian Joint Delegation to the North Atlantic Council, in Brussels. Mr. Cooter succeeds Denis Kingsley.