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Government announces new board chair and directors for Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (2019-07-09)

July 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announces the appointment of the Honourable Pierre Pettigrew as the chair of the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC). The Minister also announces the appointment of Lisa de Wilde, Christopher Labelle and Constance Sugiyama as directors to the board. All appointments are already in effect. These were made […]

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RHOMA Participates in Memorial Wall Ceremony (2019-06-10)

The Memorial Wall Ceremony was held on June 10, 2019 at Global Affairs Canada. This was the second Memorial ceremony, following last year’s first unveiling of plaques commemorating 5 employees who died while serving abroad. The ceremony was held in the lobby of Global Affairs Canada, at the site of the Memorial Wall. It was an occasion for family, friends and colleagues to gather and pay tribute to the following […]

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Prime Minister names first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security (2019-06-12)

Gender equality plays a critical role in creating lasting solutions to the challenges we face around the world – from building economies that work for everyone to advancing peace and security. To build a more just, peaceful, and secure world, we must make sure women and girls can participate freely and fully in our societies. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Jacqueline O’Neill has been appointed as Canada’s […]

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Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage of Canada’s Foreign Policy (2019-06-11)

Canada must develop a cultural diplomacy strategy to meet foreign policy objectives June 11, 2019 Ottawa – The federal government must develop a comprehensive strategy to strengthen cultural diplomacy as a pillar of Canada’s foreign policy. Despite historical attempts to use arts and culture as tools for international diplomacy, Canada has not reached its full potential, said a Senate committee on Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International […]

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment (2019-05-28)

May 28, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Jeanette Stovel becomes High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam. Ms. Stovel replaces Caterina Ventura. Backgrounder: Biographical note

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Diplomatic appointments – Perry Calderwood and Patrick Parisot (2019-05-07)

News release May 7, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Perry Calderwood becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba. Mr. Calderwood replaces Patrick Parisot. Patrick Parisot becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Mr. Parisot replaces Artur Wilczynski. Backgrounder: Biographical notes : Biographies

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New Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Prime Minister announces a change in the senior ranks of the Public Service Ottawa, Ontario – April 18, 2019 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service: Marta Morgan, currently Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, becomes Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, effective May 6, 2019. Biographical notes Marta Morgan

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Inauguration of Margaret Meagher Room

In honour of Canada’s first woman head of mission, the Margaret Meagher Room was inaugurated in the Lester B. Pearson Building on Monday, April 15 by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ian Shugart and Corporate Women’s Champion Sarah Taylor. Ambassador’s Meagher, among other Canadian female diplomats, is featured in the book Envoys Extraordinary.

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Statement by the Prime Minister on the resignation of Canada’s Ambassador to China

Ottawa, Ontario – January 26, 2019 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the resignation of Canada’s Ambassador to China, the Honourable John McCallum: “Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum’s resignation as Canada’s Ambassador to China. “For almost two decades, John McCallum has served Canadians honourably and with distinction. He held many positions in Cabinet over the years, including Minister of National Defence, […]

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STATEMENT BY THE RETIRED HEADS OF MISSION ASSOCIATION OF CANADA ON THE LETTER ADDRESSED TO PRESIDENT XI JINPING

January 23, 2019 – Ottawa, Canada “The Retired Heads of Mission Association of Canada fully endorses and supports the letter addressed to President Xi Jinping signed by 143 former diplomats, scholars and foreign policy specialists, concerning the detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and calling for their immediate release. As the letter states, meetings and exchanges with local citizens, with officials, researchers and scholars to achieve better […]

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Honourable Senator Peter M. Boehm

Honourable Senator Peter M. Boehm, former diplomat and ambassador, makes his maiden speech in the Senate.

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Diplomatic appointment

News release From: Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Philip Baker becomes High Commissioner in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Economic Community of West African States. Mr. Baker replaces Christopher Thornley.   Related products Backgrounder: Biographical note

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Canada strengthens its diplomatic presence in the United States

October 12, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is enhancing its diplomatic outreach to the United States with the appointment of new consuls general, in Detroit and Los Angeles. The new appointees are: · Joseph John (Joe) Comartin becomes Consul General of Canada in Detroit (United States of America). Mr. Comartin replaces Douglas […]

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Diplomatic Appointments

October 1, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Annie Dubé becomes Consul General in Mumbai (Republic of India). Ms. Dubé replaces Jordan Reeves. Wendy Gilmour becomes High Commissioner in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Ms. Gilmour replaces Perry Calderwood. Nicole Girard becomes Consul General in Bengaluru (Republic of India). Ms. Girard replaces Jennifer Daubeny. […]

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Diplomatic Appointments

September 27, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Caroline Delany becomes High Commissioner in the Republic of Mozambique. Ms. Delany replaces Antoine Chevrier. Jason Tolland becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Finland. Mr. Tolland replaces Andrée Cooligan. David Usher becomes Ambassador to the Argentine Republic. Mr. Usher replaces Robert Fry. Backgrounder: Biographical notes

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Diplomatic Appointments

September 7, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced diplomatic appointments: Mark Allen becomes Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic. Mr. Allen replaces Keith Morrill. Richard Arbeiter becomes Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in New York City. Mr. Arbeiter replaces Michael Grant. Antoine Chevrier becomes Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Djibouti and Permanent […]

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Child Reading Provision – Opportunity for RHOMA Families That Qualify /Clause pour élever les enfants – Conditions d’admissibilité pour les familles de l’ACMAR

Colleagues posted abroad with children under seven years of age might have missed receiving ‘Family Allowance’ cheques owing to their being outside Canada at the time. If so, Service Canada offers an opportunity for qualifying candidates to obtain compensation that could lead to a boost in monthly CPP payments. The process is said to be uncomplicated and Service Canada has been found to be helpful, friendly and speedy. The compensation […]

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Memorial to Members of Canada’s Foreign Service

violent or tragic circumstances was unveiled at Global Affairs Canada on Monday, June 11. OTTAWA, ONTARIO– The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) and the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) are honoured to announce that in close cooperation with the Government of Canada, a permanent Memorial Wall to the Fallen was unveiled at Global Affairs Canada on June 11, 2018. This memorial wall has been established in remembrance […]

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2018 PAFSO Award recipients

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) celebrated the dedication and excellence that our colleagues bring to their work in the service of Canadians at the 29th annual PAFSO Awards, held on June 14 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. We were pleased to present the 2018 Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award to recipients Lisa Catana (Immigration), Jérôme Pischella (Trade), Sébastien Roy (Management Consular) and Robin Wettlaufer (Political). The […]

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