Diplomatic Appointments

May 10, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Marcel Gaumond becomes High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Riccardo Savone becomes Consul General in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China).

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Marcel Gaumond (BA [Economic Geography], Laval University, 1983; MA [Economic Regional Development], Laval University, 1985) joined the public service in 1991 to work as chief of ministerial correspondence with the Department of Finance Canada. He later worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a senior manager in trade communications. In 1999, he joined the Millennium Bureau of Canada, where he was senior manager for ministerial visits. He then became director of international investment marketing at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Mr. Gaumond succeeds Wendell Sanford.

Riccardo Savone (BA [Economics, minor in Management], McGill University, 1995; Executive MBA, Temple University, 2003) joined the public service in 1991. He has held various analyst positions with the departments of the environment, transport, agriculture and revenue. In 1996, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a political relations program manager in Algiers. From 1999 to 2003, he was trade commissioner and head of the Canadian Trade Office in Princeton, New Jersey, then, until 2005, was trade commissioner in Mexico City. From 2005 to 2007, he was the senior trade commissioner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then returned to Ottawa where he served as director of the North America Commercial Relations division. From 2009 to 2010, he was director general of the Geographic Strategy and Services Bureau. Most recently, he was director general of the Office of Transformation. Mr. Savone succeeds Nadir Patel.