Stewart Wheeler, Chief of Protocol of Canada

Stewart Wheeler, Chief of Protocol of Canada

Stewart Wheeler has been Chief of Protocol of Canada since January 2019. From July 2016 to December 2018 he served in the Ontario Public Service as the Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations and Chief of Protocol in the Cabinet Office – Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. Stewart joined the Department of External Affairs in 1994 after studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and Universidad de Granada in Spain.

Stewart has over 20 years of experience in Canada’s Foreign Service, with postings in Washington, London, Bogota, Kabul and from 2012 to 2016 as the Ambassador of Canada in Iceland. Stewart also served as Press Secretary to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

In his overseas assignments he has covered policy areas including: US congressional relations, trade promotion, Arctic foreign policy, energy trade policy, human rights, peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction, and public affairs.

At headquarters in Ottawa, Mr. Wheeler has also had a variety of assignments, serving as parliamentary relations officer, departmental spokesperson in the Press Office, deputy director of Mexico Relations, deputy director of corporate and internal communications, and director of Cabinet relations.

He received the Minister’s Award for Foreign Policy Excellence in 1999 for his work on the Kosovo Task Force and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He earned the Operational Service Medal – South-West Asia Ribbon, for his civilian service in Afghanistan in 2010-2011.