Deputy Minister of International Development
Peter M. Boehm
Deputy minister of international development since March 2016, Peter Boehm had previously been associate and, subsequently, senior associate deputy minister of foreign affairs. A career foreign service officer, he served as ambassador to Germany from 2008 to 2012 and previously in the department as assistant deputy minister for the Americas, North America and consular affairs. He was also the department’s first chief political/economic officer. Abroad, he was minister (political and public affairs) at the Canadian embassy in Washington (2001-04) and ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization of American States, or OAS (1997-2001). He has held a variety of positions in the department and was also assigned to the Canadian embassies in Havana, Cuba, and San José, Costa Rica. In 1993, Mr. Boehm received the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award for his contribution to advancing peace in Central America. In the Americas, he served as national summit coordinator for the Santiago and Québec summits, special envoy for the OAS Democratization Mission in Peru and personal representative (sherpa) of the prime minister for the Mar del Plata Summit in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he was the senior official responsible for the North American leaders’ summits. He is a recipient of the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award.
In his current capacity, Mr. Boehm also serves as personal representative (sherpa) of the prime minister for the G7 leaders’ summits, as well as the Nuclear Security Summit.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Mr. Boehm holds a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and an Honours BA in English and History from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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