Minister Baird Appoints Canada’s Representative to Asian Development Bank

(No. 317 - October 24, 2011 - 12:10 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in his capacity of governor for Canada in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), today announced the appointment of Micheline Aucoin as the executive director for Canada at the ADB, effective October 24, 2011.

“The Asian Development Bank is an important partner in our efforts to promote economic growth and improved governance in Asia,” said Minister Baird. “It is also a key player in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Ms. Aucoin is well qualified to advance the work of the ADB.”

Ms. Aucoin will also represent Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden at the Bank. She replaces Howard Brown, who has served as executive director for the past four years.

Canada is currently the ADB’s second-largest non-regional shareholder and seventh-largest shareholder over all.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Micheline Aucoin (BA [Economics], University of Ottawa, 1983; MA [Economics], University of Montreal, 1985), has served in a variety of senior positions in the Government of Canada, including, most recently, that of immigration program manager and area director for Southeast Asia at the Canadian embassy to the Philippines. She also spent a number of years in the Department of Finance Canada and the Privy Council Office, actively involved in many files concerning international financial institutions.