Paul Gibbard, Representative of Canada to the Holy See
Paul Gibbard was named Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the Embassy of Canada to the Holy See in September 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Calgary (1983) and a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia (1985). Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, he was active with worker and food cooperatives in Canada. Mr. Gibbard joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1992. In Ottawa, he has held assignments related to policy planning, the Caribbean, Mexico, U.S. cross-border issues, Indigenous affairs, the Arctic, and Venezuela, and he was the first Canadian participant in an exchange program with Mexico’s Foreign Ministry. He has also served in Canada’s Privy Council Office, which provides support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. At Canadian missions abroad, Mr. Gibbard has served in Costa Rica; in Cuba, as head of the political-economic section; in Venezuela, as ambassador; in Rome, as deputy Head of Mission; in Iraq, as Canada’s first resident Ambassador since 1991; and in Nigeria, as Head of Mission. Born and raised in Central America, he is married to Debbie DesRosiers and they are proud parents and grandparents. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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