Modification - Diplomatic Appointments

Modification: biographies added

Modification - August 24, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Sébastien Beaulieu becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Jonathan Fried becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Sébastien Beaulieu (BSocSci [Economics], Université de Moncton, 1995; LLB [Common Law], McGill University, 1998) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998. He served abroad at the Canadian mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 2000 to 2003 and at the Canadian mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2006 to 2009. In Canada, he has had assignments in the Legal Bureau (International Trade Litigation), the Trade Policy Branch (Investment Protection), the International Security Branch (International Crime and Terrorism) and the Global Issues Branch (Climate Change and Energy). Mr. Beaulieu most recently served as director of the Office of the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is married and has three children. Mr. Beaulieu succeeds Ariel Delouya.

Jonathan Fried (BA [Philosophy], University of Toronto, 1974; LLB, University of Toronto, 1977; LLM, Columbia University, 1979) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1980 and has served as principal legal counsel for the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations (1991 to 1993); principal counsel, trade law (1993 to 1996); director general of the Trade Policy Bureau and NAFTA coordinator (1995 to 1997); and assistant deputy minister of trade, economic and environmental policy (1997 to 2000). He has also served as senior assistant deputy minister, Department of Finance Canada, and Canada’s deputy to the G-7 (2000 to 2003); associate deputy minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (2003); and senior foreign policy adviser to the prime minister and head of the Canada-United States Secretariat, Privy Council Office (2003 to 2006). Mr. Fried has served abroad as second secretary and vice-consul at the Canadian embassy to Brazil (1981 to 1983) and as counsellor for congressional and legal affairs at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. (1987 to 1991). From 2006 to 2008, he was the International Monetary Fund’s executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. In 2008, Mr. Fried became Canada’s ambassador to Japan. He is married to Paula Vaillancourt. Mr. Fried succeeds John Gero.