Diplomatic Appointments

October 15, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Jon Allen becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, with concurrent accreditation to the Principality of Andorra.

Philip Calvert becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Pierre Giroux becomes Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

Michael Grant becomes Ambassador to Libya.

Richard Hanley becomes High Commissioner in Barbados, with concurrent accreditation in the Commonwealth of Dominica, in Grenada, in Antigua and Barbuda, and in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and becomes Consul General in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

Alexandre Lévêque becomes High Commissioner in the United Republic of Tanzania, with concurrent accreditation in the Republic of Seychelles, and becomes Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros.

Ross Miller becomes Consul General in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Jon Allen (LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1976; LLM [International Law], University of London, 1977) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1981. In addition to postings abroad in Mexico City (1983 to 1985) and New Delhi (1989 to 1992), Mr. Allen spent much of his early career in the Legal Bureau, where he represented Canada in disputes under the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and in various international forums. He was director of the Mexico Division, minister-counsellor and head of the Political Section at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. (1997 to 2001), and director general, North America Bureau (2001 to 2004), where he was responsible for Canada’s bilateral relations with the United States and Mexico. From 2004 to 2006, he was minister (public affairs) in Washington, D.C., and, from 2006 to 2010, he was Canada’s ambassador to Israel. In 2010, he became assistant deputy minister of the Americas Branch. He is married to Clara Hirsch and has two sons, Jake and A.J. Mr. Allen succeeds Graham Shantz.

Philip Calvert (BA Honours [History], University of British Columbia, 1980; MA, York University, 1982; PhD, University of Washington, 1991) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982. His first assignment was as second secretary in Beijing from 1984 to 1987. At Headquarters, he worked in the Trade Policy Competitiveness Division and the APEC Division, as director for technical barriers and regulations and as deputy chief negotiator for Canada for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Abroad, Mr. Calvert has served as both counsellor and deputy head of mission in Beijing. Most recently, since 2008, Mr. Calvert served as director general of the North Asia Bureau. He is married and has three children. Mr. Calvert succeeds Ron Hoffmann.

Pierre Giroux (BEcon, Université de Montréal, 1974) worked as a consultant in Haiti and Mali for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), in strategic planning for the Government of Québec and in network planning for the air transportation sector before accepting a full-time position at CIDA in 1981. At CIDA, he was responsible for planning the cooperation program with Haiti. In 1983, Mr. Giroux joined the Department of External Affairs and served as head of Canadian cooperation in Guatemala and Honduras before moving to Africa, where he was head of Canadian cooperation in Tunisia. He held a number of positions at Headquarters, including director of relations with Western and Central Africa and the African Great Lakes Region, deputy director responsible for climate change and energy policies, and head of foreign service recruitment. Abroad, he served at the Canadian mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2002 to 2006. He also managed the Canadian political and economic relations sections in Algeria and Venezuela, and the Canadian diplomatic mission in the Dominican Republic. Most recently, Mr. Giroux served as deputy head of mission and Canadian alternate representative to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. He is married to Blanca, and they have a son, Jean-Paul. Mr. Giroux succeeds Marianick Tremblay.

Michael Grant (BA [Administration], Concordia University, 1992) worked as a sales representative for an American mineral-products company, joining the public service in 1993 and becoming a desk officer for Central and Eastern Europe with External Affairs and International Trade Canada. Mr. Grant went on three consecutive foreign assignments: Belgrade in 1995, Ankara in 1996 and Buenos Aires in 1998. Mr. Grant returned to Headquarters and worked with the West Bank and Gaza and UN Affairs Division until 2001, when he was made head of the Economic Section at the Canadian embassy to Mexico, where he remained until 2004. Upon his return to Ottawa, he worked as a Middle East analyst with the Privy Council Office until 2006. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Grant was director of the Middle East Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. From 2010 to 2011, he was director general for international security policy with the Department of National Defence. Most recently, Mr. Grant served as chargé d’affaires at the Canadian embassy to Libya. He is married to Heidi Kutz, and they have two children. Mr. Grant succeeds Sandra McCardell.

Richard Hanley (BA Honours [Political Studies], Queen’s University, 1980; MA [Public Administration, Carleton University, 1982) began his career at the Atomic Energy Control Board, joining the Department of External Affairs in 1983 as an administration officer. In 1985, Mr. Hanley was posted to Moscow as third secretary (administration) and later served in Bogotá as second secretary and vice-consul (1988 to 1990). From 1990 to 1994, he was first secretary at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York. He returned to Canada in 1994 and worked as area management adviser, United States Branch, and then as area management adviser for the Americas Branch. From 1998 to 2001, he served in Mexico City as counsellor (administration) and consul. From 2001 to 2006, he was counsellor and consul in Berlin. Mr. Hanley then returned to Headquarters to become director of the Corporate Security Division. He is married to Adriana Michael and has two daughters, Beatrice and Sofia. Mr. Hanley succeeds Ruth Archibald.

Alexandre Lévêque (BSc [Political Science], Université de Montréal, 1996; MSc [Political Science], Université de Montréal, 1998) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998 to work as a foreign service officer. He worked with the Southeast Asia Bureau and, then, the United Nations and Commonwealth Affairs Division prior to his first foreign assignment, at the United Nations in New York. Mr. Lévêque also served abroad in Bangkok. In Ottawa, he worked in the Assignments Division, as deputy director in the Southeast Asia Division, as strategic adviser to the assistant deputy minister of bilateral relations, and as director of the Central America and Caribbean Division. Most recently, since 2010, he served as director of the Assignments Division. He is married and has two children. Mr. Lévêque succeeds Robert Orr.

Ross Miller (BA Honours [Philosophy], University of Toronto, 1974; MBA, York University, Toronto, 1977) joined the Trade Commissioner Service and the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce in 1977. He began his career in Hamburg as vice-consul, then was assigned to Mexico City in 1982 as first secretary (economic). In 1985, he returned to Ottawa, where he had a number of trade policy assignments. In 1990, he became counsellor (commercial-economic) in Prague. From 1994 to 1999, he served in Bonn initially as the first Canadian exchange officer with the German foreign ministry and later in the Embassy of Canada as economic counsellor. In 1999, Mr. Miller returned to Ottawa as deputy director in the European Union Division. He was counsellor (commercial-economic) in The Hague (2002 to 2006) and in Jakarta (2006 to 2009). In 2009, he became counsellor (commercial-economic) at the Embassy of Canada to Argentina. Mr. Miller succeeds Kris Panday.