About Roy Norton, Chief of Protocol of Canada

Roy Norton has been Chief of Protocol of Canada since July 2016. From 2014-2016, he was Canada’s Consul General in Chicago, and from 2010-14, Canada’s Consul General in Detroit. From 2006-2010, Roy served as Minister (Congressional Relations & Public Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Prior to that assignment, he served for six years in the Government of Ontario, based in Toronto, as President & CEO, Ontario Exports Inc., Assistant Deputy Minister (Trade), and subsequently as Chief of Protocol/Assistant Deputy Minister (International Relations). During an earlier assignment in the economic section of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Roy was a member of Canada’s negotiating team for two NAFTA Chapters. In Ottawa, he served for five years as Senior Policy Advisor to the Foreign Minister, prior to which he worked for eight years in the Canadian House of Commons and Senate.

His Ph.D., in international relations, is from Johns Hopkins University. Roy additionally holds Masters’ Degrees from Johns Hopkins (in international economics), Harvard University (public administration), and Carleton University in Ottawa (Canadian history).