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Modification - Diplomatic Appointment

Modification: change to title

January 18, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Donald Bobiash becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, with concurrent accreditation to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Jakarta.

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A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Donald Bobiash (BA [Political Science], University of Saskatchewan, 1980; École Nationale d’Administration et de Magistrature, Dakar, Senegal [Rotary Graduate Fellowship], 1983; MA [Industrial Relations and Personnel Management], London School of Economics [Commonwealth Scholar], 1984; DPhil [International Relations], Oxford [Rhodes Scholar], 1989), joined the public service in 1980 as an officer with the Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Finance, a position he held until 1981. From 1986 to 1988, he worked for the International Development Research Centre as a consultant, then for Oxford Analytica Daily Brief in Oxford, England. Mr. Bobiash joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1989, working in the Francophone Affairs Division. In 1990, he worked in the South America Relations Division. From 1990 to 1992, he served as second secretary at the High Commission of Canada in Pakistan, and then returned to Canada to work in the Economic Relations with Developing Countries Division until 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he undertook Japanese language training prior to his posting to Tokyo as counsellor and consul, a position he held until 2000. On his return to Ottawa, he served as deputy director in the South Asia Division until 2001, when he joined the Policy Planning Division as deputy director. In 2002, he was named director of the Southeast Asia Division. From 2004 to 2006, he was high commissioner of Canada in Ghana and ambassador to Togo, resident in Accra. From 2006 to 2009, he was deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Canada to Japan. In 2009, he became director general of the Africa Bureau. He is married to Teresa Rozkiewicz, and they have two children, Ariane and Catherine. Mr. Bobiash succeeds Mackenzie Clugston.