Diplomatic Appointment

September 21, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Mackenzie Clugston becomes Ambassador of Canada to Japan.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Mackenzie Clugston (BA [History/International Affairs], Trent University, 1974; MA [Public Administration], Queen’s University, 1977) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982 and served as a bilateral affairs officer in the Cultural Policy Division until 1984. He has held a number of positions at Headquarters, including assignments with the Southern Africa Task Force (1989 to 1990), the International Financial and Investment Affairs Division (1990 to 1991), and, as deputy director, the United States Trade and Economic Policy Division (1991 to 1993). In 1997, Mr. Clugston was seconded to the Privy Council Office as a foreign policy analyst for two years. From 2006 to 2009, he was director general of the Assignments and Executive Management Bureau. Abroad, Mr. Clugston has served as second secretary (1985 to 1989) and as counsellor (1993 to 1997) at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. From 2000 to 2003, he was consul general in Osaka. From 2003 to 2004, he served as minister (economic-commercial) and then, until 2006, as minister and deputy head of mission at the embassy in Tokyo. In 2009, Mr. Clugston became Canada’s ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste and permanent representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He and his spouse, Paula Bowers, have two children. Mr. Clugston succeeds Jonathan Fried.