Diplomatic Appointment

February 21, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Carmen Sylvain becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Carmen Sylvain (BA [European History], San José State University, 1984; MPA, Carleton University, 1993; graduate certificate in Public Management and Governance, University of Ottawa, 2009) joined the public service in 1987, working with several departments, including Canadian Heritage and the Privy Council Office, before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2001. In Ottawa, Ms. Sylvain has been director of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa Division, director general of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Commercial Relations Bureau and director general of the European Union Bureau. She has also been assistant deputy minister for the Europe, Middle East and North Africa Branch, assistant deputy minister for the Strategic Policy and Planning and Transformation Branch, and chief political and economic officer. Abroad, Ms. Sylvain has served as ambassador to Morocco and Mauritania and as deputy commissioner general for Canada at world’s fairs in Germany and Portugal. Ms. Sylvain returns to the public service from an assignment with Borealis Infrastructure and the OMERS pension fund, where she has served as a strategic adviser since 2012. Ms. Sylvain replaces Tim Martin.