Diplomatic Appointment

November 16, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Patricia Fortier becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Peru, with concurrent accreditation to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Patricia Fortier (BA Honours [History and English], Queen’s University, 1978; MA [Public Administration], Queen’s University, 1979; Weatherhead Fellow, Harvard University, 2005 to 2006) joined the foreign service in 1983, serving in Zambia (1984) and Kenya (1985 to 1987) with the Canadian International Development Agency and working as an immigration officer in India for the Department of Employment and Immigration (1987 to 1989). Other assignments abroad included work with the Security Council team at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (1999) and as minister-counsellor (political) at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. (2001 to 2005). She was Canada’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 2006 to 2009. She also worked with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights and Democracy (1993 to 1994) and with the Earth Council in Costa Rica (1994 to 1995), and was chief adviser to the Organization of American States’ High Level Mission to Peru (2000 to 2001). At Headquarters, she served as director of peacekeeping and regional security (1995 to 2000) and director general of consular operations (2009 to 2011). Most recently, she served as chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Canada to Peru. She is married to Paul Durand. Ms. Fortier succeeds Richard Lecoq.