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Prime Minister appoints Bob Rae as Ambassador to the United Nations

July 6, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario   The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of the Honourable Bob Rae as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York. Mr. Rae brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently serving as Canada’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues, building on his earlier work as Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. In […]

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RHOMA Statement on the letter signed by 59 former Canadian diplomats on the situation in the Middle East

June 3, 2020 – Ottawa, Canada The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) today issued the following statement: On behalf of its nearly 400 members across Canada, the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA), which is comprised of former Canadian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General, wishes to express its support for the letter signed by 59 former Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Canada and former Ambassadors and senior diplomats. […]

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Statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb, a distinguished former Canadian diplomat and Ambassador of Note

April 21, 2020 – Ottawa, Canada The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) today issued the following statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb: “On behalf of its nearly 400 members across Canada, the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA), which is comprised of former Canadian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General, and their partners, extends deepest condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Allan Gotlieb, who died […]

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Statement on the passing of former diplomat Allan Gotlieb

April 21, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb: “Global Affairs Canada and its employees were saddened to learn of the death of Allan Gotlieb, an exceptional public servant and diplomat whose influential work has left a lasting impression on Canada’s foreign policy. “Mr. Gotlieb led a distinguished public service career, and his dedication to […]

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RHOMA President Praises Canadian Consular Services

Here: https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/opinions/202004/07/01-5268402-merci-a-nos-agents-consulaires-ces-mal-aimes.php

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Prime Minister announces Canada’s Ambassador to the United States

March 26, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Canada and the United States enjoy a unique and strong relationship based on deep people-to-people connections, shared geography, common values and interests, and mutually beneficial economic and security ties. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Kirsten Hillman has been appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. Ms. Hillman has served as Canada’s Acting Ambassador to the United States since August 2019, and […]

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RHOMA salutes the heroic efforts of Canadian diplomats in the fight against COVID19

The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) salutes the professionalism and dedication of our colleagues at Global Affairs Canada headquarters and Canadian diplomats and local employees around the world working tirelessly to help Canadians abroad under the current very challenging circumstances.

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Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations

February 21, 2020 – Montréal, Quebec Check against delivery. This speech has been translated in accordance with the Government of Canada’s official languages policy and edited for posting and distribution in accordance with its communications policy. Thank you for this warm introduction. What a pleasure to be back here at CORIM [Montreal Council on Foreign Relations]. The last time I was here before CORIM, I was Minister of International Trade. […]

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

February 7, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Peter MacArthur becomes Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Mr. MacArthur replaces John Holmes. Biographical note

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Canadian Ambassadors of Note Recognized by their Peers

Canadian Ambassadors of Note Recognized by their Peers (Ottawa, December 18, 2019) In a new initiative, retired Canadian Ambassadors recognize Canadian Ambassadors of Note who have distinguished themselves by their remarkable achievements since the beginning of Canada’s diplomatic presence abroad. On December 10, Associate Deputy Minister Vincent Rigby and the President of the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA), Gilles Rivard, presided at a special ceremony at the LB Pearson […]

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New PM Mandate Letters for Global Affairs Canada Ministers

December 13, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Here are the PM mandate letters for Global Affairs Canada ministers: Minister of Foreign Affairs Mandate Letter Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mandate Letter Minister of International Development Mandate Letter  

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

November 21, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Sarah Taylor becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Ms. Taylor replaces Donica Pottie. Biographical note

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Blair Seaborn Obituary

Obituary Canadian diplomat Blair Seaborn carried out a secret mission during the Vietnam War   Greg Donaghy Special to The Globe and Mail   J. Blair Seaborn was already, at 40 years of age (as seen here), one of Canada’s ‘ablest diplomats,’ in the words of Canadian foreign minister Paul Martin Sr. External Affairs via CP Canadian diplomat and public servant Blair Seaborn, who died in Ottawa on Nov. 11 […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

November 4, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Larisa Galadza becomes Ambassador to Ukraine. Ms. Galadza replaces Roman Waschuk. Kumar Gupta becomes High Commissioner in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Gupta replaces Carla Hogan Rufelds. Biographical notes

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New Biography of Marcel Cadieux

Before official bilingualism was established in 1969, francophones were scarce in the Canadian public service. Marcel Cadieux was one of the few, becoming arguably the most important francophone diplomat and civil servant in Canadian history. Brendan Kelly’s insightful, entertaining biography reveals a complex figure. Born in 1915 to a Montreal letter carrier who believed that “having a son in Ottawa is like having a daughter who is a prostitute,” Cadieux […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

October 24, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Caroline Charette becomes Ambassador to Hungary. Ms. Charette replaces Isabelle Poupart. Marcy Grossman becomes Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Grossman replaces Masud Husain. Karolina Guay becomes Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador. Ms. Guay replaces Maryse Guilbeault. Catherine Ivkoff becomes Ambassador to Mongolia. […]

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Announcement of New Diplomatic Appointments

This announcement from Global Affairs Canada on October 21, 2019: We are pleased to inform you of the following diplomatic appointments: Marcy Grossman becomes Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Karolina Guay becomes Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador. Catherine Ivkoff becomes Ambassador to Mongolia. Alison LeClaire becomes Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Jean-Philippe Linteau becomes Consul General in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Douglas Scott Proudfoot becomes Ambassador to […]

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Canadian delegation to attend 74th session of United Nations General Assembly

September 21, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Global Affairs Canada today announced that Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Morgan will lead a Canadian delegation to New York from September 23 to 27, 2019 to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Deputy Minister Morgan will join Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York Marc-André Blanchard and be […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

September 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Richard Bale becomes High Commissioner in the Republic of Cameroon. Mr. Bale replaces Nathalie O’Neil. Alan Bowman becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia. Mr. Bowman replaces Daniel Maksymiuk. Jamal Khokhar becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. Mr. Khokhar replaces Chris Cooter. Biographical notes

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

September 5, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Donica Pottie becomes Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Ms. Pottie replaces Peter MacDougall. Biographical note

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