Diplomatic Appointments

(No. 229 - August 15, 2011 - 2 p.m. ET) John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Yves Brodeur becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO), in Brussels.

Gordon Campbell becomes High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Sanjeev Chowdhury becomes Consul General in Rio de Janeiro (Federative Republic of Brazil).

Glenn V. Davidson becomes Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Elissa Golberg becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Office of the United Nations at Geneva and to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, in Geneva.

Benoît-Pierre Laramée becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon.

Gary Luton becomes Ambassador to the State of Qatar.

Guillermo Rishchynski becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in New York City.

Ivan Roberts becomes Ambassador to Burkina Faso.

Mario Ste-Marie becomes Consul General in Sydney (Australia).

Roman Waschuk becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, with concurrent accreditation to Montenegro and to the Republic of Macedonia.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Yves Brodeur (BSc [Architecture] Laval University, 1979) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1982. He served abroad as a foreign service officer in Paris and Brussels (at the Permanent Mission of Canada to both the European Union and to NATO) and was ambassador to Turkey from 2005 to 2007. In Ottawa, he served in the Media Relations Office, in the Political and Strategic Analysis Secretariat as an analyst, and in the South, South-East Asia Relations Division. He was departmental spokesperson and press secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, director of the Media Relations Office and director general of the Communications Bureau. He has served twice as assistant deputy minister, first with the Afghanistan Task Force, then as assistant deputy minister of the International Security Branch and Political Director, where he is currently working. Mr. Brodeur is married to Sylvie Gauvin and they have two children. Mr. Brodeur succeeds Robert McRae.

Gordon Campbell (BA [English and Urban Studies], Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1970; MBA, Simon Fraser University, 1978) worked with Canadian University Service Overseas in Nigeria in the early seventies. He returned to Canada and worked as the executive assistant to Vancouver mayor Art Phillips from 1972 to 1976. In 1976, Mr. Campbell became involved in real estate development and in 1981 founded and began operating his own company. In 1984, he was elected as a councillor for the City of Vancouver. In 1986, he was elected mayor and remained in office for three successive terms. In 1993, he became leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party. From 1994 to 1996, he was Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Quilchena. From 1996 to 2011, he was Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Point Grey. In 2001, Mr. Campbell became premier of British Columbia until he retired in 2011. He is married to Nancy Chipperfield. Mr. Campbell succeeds James Wright.

Sanjeev Chowdhury (BComm, Saint Mary’s University, 1990; MBA [International Management], Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management, 1991) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1995 as an officer with the G-7 Summit. Between 1995 and 1997, he worked in the Parliamentary Relations Division, then in the Media Relations Division. He then accepted an assignment as assistant trade commissioner in Mumbai. He returned to Ottawa in 2000 to become a financial analyst. From 2001 to 2002, he served as press secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. From 2002 to 2003, he was director of operations to the deputy prime minister and minister of finance at the Privy Council Office. From 2003 to 2006, he served as consul general in Ho Chi Minh City. During this time, he had two short assignments as acting high commissioner to Sri Lanka and as acting consul general in Mumbai. In 2006, he returned to Ottawa to become deputy chief of protocol. Between 2007 and 2008, he held two director positions related to Canada’s role in Afghanistan, then became director of operations on the Afghanistan Task Force at the Privy Council Office. In 2009, he became director general of programs at the Summits Management Office. Mr. Chowdhury succeeds Charles Larabie.

Glenn V. Davidson (BA [English], University of King’s College, 1973; DCL, University of King’s College, 2007) was a career naval officer until July 2008, when he retired as vice-admiral. His previous appointments include two operational sea commands in the Pacific, Canadian Forces attaché at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, head of personnel for the Navy and chief of staff for the military personnel group. From 2002 to 2004, he commanded Canada’s Maritime Forces Atlantic, and from 2004 to 2008, he served as Canadian military representative to the NATO Military Committee in permanent session, at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He was appointed a commander of the Order of Military Merit in 2002, honoured as the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s 2003 Person of the Year and awarded the Department of National Defence’s Deputy Minister/Chief of the Defence Staff Innovation Award in 2004. He became ambassador to Syria in 2008. He and his wife Petra have one daughter, Eleanor. Mr. Davidson succeeds William Crosbie.

Elissa Golberg (BA [History and Political Science], Carleton University, 1995; MA [International Relations] Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1997) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996 and has worked on a range of global peace and security issues over the past decade. Among other duties, she has managed Canadian responses to significant natural disasters, political violence and armed conflict. In 2005, she became director of the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Division, then senior director and deputy head of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force. In 2007, Ms. Golberg became executive director of the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan with the Privy Council Office. From 2008 to 2009, she served abroad as the representative of Canada in Kandahar. She became Director General of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force in 2009. Ms. Golberg succeeds Marius Grinius.

Benoît-Pierre Laramée (BSc [Applied Science], École Polytechnique de Montréal, 1979; DESS [Oil Companies Management], HEC Montréal, Master’s degree [project management], Université du Québec à Montréal, 1990) joined the City of Montréal after nearly 10 years in the oil business, working nationally and internationally as a geophysicist. In 1996, at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, he was appointed regional director for Guinea. In 1998, he was assigned to Bamako, Mali, where he served as regional director for West Africa until 2000. In 2000, he transferred to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he held two different director positions. In 2004, he returned to Ottawa to become manager of CIDA’s Results-Based Management Unit, a position he held until 2007, at which time he was appointed senior departmental assistant in the Office of the Minister. Since 2008, he has been director of the Geographic Programs Branch at CIDA. He and his spouse, Christiane Giroux, have two sons, Christophe, and Pierre-Guillaume. Mr. Laramée succeeds Jean-Carol Pelletier.

Gary Luton (BA Honours [Political Studies], Queen’s University, 1982; MA [Political Science], Dalhousie University, 1984; LLB [Common Law] University of Ottawa, 1999) served the Department of External Affairs and International Trade abroad in Kuwait from 1989 to 1990 and in Iraq in 1990. In 1991, he became chargé d’affaires in Bahrain and also served on the Gulf Task Force. From 1991 to 1994, he served as first secretary at the Canadian embassy in Paris, returning to Ottawa in 1995 to work as deputy director for economic trade and policy, and as Canada’s deputy chief negotiator for the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. In 1997, he became a manager in the Export Finance Division, leaving in 1999 to article with the Ottawa office of a Canadian law firm. In 2000, he returned to the department as a deputy director in the Investment Trade Policy Division, then as a counsellor (economic trade and investment) at Canada’s Mission to the European Union, becoming head of the Economic, Trade and Investment Section in 2004. From 2006 to 2009, he was consul general in Mumbai. Since 2009, Mr. Luton has been chargé d’affaires in Qatar and now becomes Canada’s first ambassador resident in Qatar.

Guillermo Rishchynski (BA, McGill University, 1975) was regional marketing manager, Latin America, for Interimco International before joining the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1983 as an assistant trade commissioner. He has served abroad in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Amman, Melbourne, Jakarta, Chicago and, from 1999 to 2002, as ambassador to Colombia, in Bogotá. In Ottawa, he has served the department as deputy director, Latin America and Caribbean Trade Division, and director, Team Canada Task Force. He joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 2003, serving as vice-president of the Americas Branch until his appointment as ambassador to Brazil in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed ambassador to Mexico. He is married to Jeanette Portillo Tinoco, and they have two children. Mr. Rishchynski succeeds John McNee.

Ivan Roberts (BA [Economics], Queen’s University, 1979) began working with the Canadian International Development Agency in 1989, in the International Humanitarian Affairs Division, after 10 years of experience in advisory and officer positions with various government organizations, including the Bank of Canada, Agriculture Canada, Supply and Services Canada and Industry Canada. In Canada, he served as senior analyst in the Andes Program from 1994 to 1998, as manager of the Nigeria Program from 2001 to 2004 and as director of the Gulf of Guinea Program from 2004 to 2008. Abroad, he served as first secretary in Harare from 1991 to 1994, as head of aid and counsellor (cooperation) in Lima from 1998 to 2001 and as director of the Senegal Program and counsellor (cooperation) in Dakar from 2008 to 2011. He is married to France Leclair. Mr. Roberts succeeds Jules Savaria.

Mario Ste-Marie (BScA [Economics and Agriculture], Laval University, 1980) joined the public service in 1980 as an economist with the Department of Agriculture. In 1987, he became executive secretary of the department in the Deputy Minister’s Office and later chief of staff in the Office of the Minister of State (Agriculture). In 1990, he transferred to the Department of External Affairs and International Trade to join the negotiating team working on the GATT negotiations as a senior federal and provincial affairs advisor and assistant negotiator for agriculture. In 1994, he returned to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a senior policy advisor. He later became director of Economic Policy and Industry Canada Portfolio with the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Quebec. In 2001, he became director general of the Business Planning and Management Directorate at Health Canada, then director general of Multimedia and Special Collections with National Archives of Canada. In 2005, he became director general of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Invest in Canada Bureau. In 2009, he became trade program manager for India in New Delhi. He and his spouse, Anne Lessard, have three children, Renaud, Jeanne and Jérôme. Mr. Ste-Marie succeeds Thomas MacDonald.

Roman Waschuk (BA Honours [History], University of Toronto, 1983; MA [History], University of Toronto, 1985) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1987 and served in Moscow from 1988 to 1991. He returned to Ottawa to work in the Eastern Europe Division, then, in 1994, moved to Kyiv, where he served as political counsellor and later political program manager. In 1998, he returned to Ottawa to work as deputy director in the European Union Division, moving to the Policy Planning Division in 1999. From 2002 to 2007, he served as political counsellor, and then minister-counsellor (political-economic), in Berlin, returning again to Ottawa to become a director in the Global Partnership Program. Beginning in 2008, he worked as director of the department’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Programs Division and deputy head of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force. He is married to Oksana Smerechuk, and they have two children, Anna and Mark. Mr. Waschuk succeeds John Morrison.