Diplomatic Appointment

May 30, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointment:

Jeffrey Marder becomes Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic.

A biographical note on the appointee follows.

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Biographical Note

Jeffrey Marder (BA Honours [History], University of Western Ontario, 1990; MA [History], Simon Fraser University, 1996) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1997. In Ottawa, Mr. Marder has held assignments as Organization of American States coordinator in the Mexico and Inter-American Affairs Division, deputy director in the Aboriginal and Circumpolar Affairs Division, director of the South America and Inter-American Relations Division and director of the Latin America and Caribbean Strategic Relations Division. Abroad, Mr. Marder was assigned as a junior adviser to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York City, which preceded assignments as both third and second secretary in Santiago and as head of public affairs in Mexico City. Until recently Mr. Marder was director of the Central America and Caribbean Relations Division. He and his spouse, Sandra MacPherson, have one daughter, Hannah. Mr. Marder replaces Heidi Kutz.