Diplomatic Appointments

November 23, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Gaston (Gastone) Barban becomes High Commissioner in South Africa, with concurrent accreditation in the Republic of Namibia.

Gérard Latulippe becomes High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Gaston (Gastone) Barban (BA Honours [History and Political Science], Carleton University, 1977) joined the public service in 1977 in the Passport Bureau. In 1979, he became office manager of the Calgary regional office and, in 1981, regional director and manager of the London regional office. In 1983, he joined the External Communications Division to work as a policy information officer. In 1985, he became deputy head of the Research and Writing Section and in 1986, head of the Policy Information and Research Section. Mr. Barban was deputy director of the Domestic Communications Division from 1988 to 1989 and was assigned to Rome as head of public affairs and culture in 1989. In 1993, he returned to Ottawa as deputy director of the Foreign Policy Communications Division, and from 1996 to 1997 he was deputy director of the Communications Strategies and Planning Division. He then became director of Corporate Communications Division and in 1998 director of Communications Programs and Outreach Division. From 2001 to 2004, he was deputy high commissioner in Canberra, then chargé d’affaires until 2005. Mr. Barban returned to Ottawa in 2005 as deputy chief information officer and director. In 2008, he became chief information officer and director general of the Information Management and Technology Bureau. He is married to Jane, and they have two children, Matthew and Alicia. Mr. Barban succeeds Adèle Dion.

Gérard Latulippe (LLL, Montréal University, 1966; D.S.A., Post-Graduate in Business Administration, Montréal University, 1979) was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1967, and he practised administrative and labour law before entering provincial politics. From 1985 to 1989, he served as a member of the Québec National Assembly. He also served as solicitor general of Quebec. In 1989, he served in Mexico City as the Quebec general delegate in Mexico. Subsequently, from 1994 to 1997, Mr. Latulippe served in the same capacity in Brussels, where he was responsible for relations with the European Union and Benelux. In 1997, he returned to Quebec and was deputy minister of the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, where he developed the Francophone Business Forum. In 2003, Mr. Latulippe joined the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, where he served as Morocco country director and senior representative in the Maghreb region, and, subsequently, as resident director in Haiti until 2010. In March 2010, Mr. Latulippe was named president of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy) in Montréal. He is married to Odette Dumontier. Mr. Latulippe succeeds Karen McDonald.