Strengthening Asia-Pacific Relations

September 26, 2012 - In advance of China’s National Day celebrations, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announces that Guy Saint-Jacques will become Canada’s next ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Minister Baird and the ambassador designate will be available for a brief photo opportunity.

Event: Photo opportunity
September 26, 2012
10:45 a.m. ET
Room 418N, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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For information on Canada’s relations with the Asia-Pacific countries, please refer to Minister Baird’s address to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

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Biographical Note

Guy Saint-Jacques (BA [Geology], Université de Montréal, 1974; MA [Land Planning and Regional Development], Laval University, 1976) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1977. His postings have included New York City, Mexico City, Kinshasa, Washington and London. (He has served as deputy head of mission in both London and Washington, two of Canada’s most important diplomatic missions.) At Headquarters, he has served with the Consular Affairs, Francophone Africa and Science and Technology divisions and the Office of the Associate Deputy Minister. He also served as deputy director of the Environment and Energy Division, as director of both the Personnel (Political and Commercial) and the Assignments divisions, and as director general of the Personnel Management Bureau. He most recently served as chief negotiator and ambassador for climate change for the Government of Canada.

Fluent in Mandarin, this will be Mr. Saint-Jacques’ fourth posting to the People’s Republic of China. He has previously served in Hong Kong and twice in Beijing.

Mr. Saint-Jacques is married to Sylvie Cameron, and they have two daughters.

He succeeds David Mulroney.