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Tamara Mawhinney, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Korea

Tamara Mawhinney, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Korea


Ambassador Tamara Mawhinney joined Global Affairs Canada in 1993. She began her career as a Cabinet Liaison Officer and then as a Lawyer within the International Trade Law Division. Assignments overseas included Mission of Canada to the UN in New York (1995 to 1998), Embassy of Canada to France, Paris (2001 to 2006 and 2013 to 2014), and Mission of Canada to the European Union in Brussels where she served as Political section head from 2007 to 2012. After serving for 2 years as Advisor to Mme Michaëlle Jean, Secretary-General of La Francophonie in Paris, she returned to Ottawa in 2016 to lead the UN Security Council campaign team. Ambassador Tamara joined Canada`s Mission to the UN in Geneva in the summer of 2018 as Deputy Permanent Representative.

Prior to joining Global Affairs, Ambassador Mawhinney completed her Articles of Law with the firm of McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto and Ottawa and remains an Attorney and Member of the New York State Bar. 

Ambassador Mawhinney has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History and Literature from Trinity College, University of Toronto (1987) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Toronto (1991). She also has a Certificate of Political Studies (Certificat d'Études Politiques) in European politics and Law from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d'Études Politiques, France, 1998) and a Diploma in French and EU Public Administration, Management and Law from École Nationale d'Administration (France, 2000).

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