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June 16, 2006
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Peter MacKay today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
Jon Allen becomes Ambassador to the State of Israel.
Mark Bailey becomes Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic.
Léopold Battel becomes High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.
Anna Blauveldt becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.
Angela Bogdan becomes High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of
Sri Lanka, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Maldives.
Michael Calcott becomes Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Graeme Clark becomes Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the
Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. (United States of America).
Susan Gregson becomes Consul General in Shanghai (People’s Republic of China).
Alexander Himelfarb becomes Ambassador to the Italian Republic, with concurrent
accreditation to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of San Marino, and High
Commissioner to the Republic of Malta, and Permanent Representative to the Food
and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme and to the International Fund
for Agricultural Development in Rome.
Ross Hornby becomes Ambassador to the European Union.
Sara Hradecky becomes Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
Ross Hynes becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, Ambassador to
the Republic of Burundi, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Centre
for Human Settlements, and to the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi.
William Johnston becomes Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City (Socialist Republic of
Norbert Kalisch becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.
Arif Lalani becomes Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Michèle Lévesque becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, with concurrent
accreditation to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Gary Luton becomes Consul General in Mumbai (Republic of India).
Ralph Lysyshyn becomes Ambassador to the Russian Federation with concurrent
accreditation to the Republic of Armenia.
Marta Moszczenska becomes Ambassador to Romania, with concurrent accreditation
to the Republic of Bulgaria and to the Republic of Moldova, and High Commissioner to
the Republic of Cyprus.
Robert Noble becomes Consul General in Detroit (United States of America).
Henri-Paul Normandin becomes Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative
to the United Nations in New York (United States of America).
Norris Pettis becomes Consul General in Dallas (United States of America).
Bruno Picard becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.
Georges Rioux becomes Consul General in Chicago (United States of America).
Haig Sarafian becomes Ambassador to the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
Margaret Skok becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, with concurrent
accreditation to the Kyrgyz Republic and to the Republic of Tajikistan.
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Jon Allen (LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1976; LLM [International Law],
University of London,1977) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1981. In
addition to postings abroad in Mexico City (1983 to 1985) and New Delhi (1989 to
1992), Mr. Allen spent much of his early career in the Legal Bureau where he
represented Canada in disputes under the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and in
various international forums. More recently, he has been Director of the Mexico
Division, Minister-Counsellor and head of the Political Section at the Canadian embassy
in Washington (1997 to 2001) and Director General of the North America Bureau (2001
to 2004). In September 2004, Mr. Allen attained the rank of Assistant Deputy Minister
and returned to Washington, where he was named Minister (Political Affairs). He is
married to Clara Hirsch and they have two children, Jake and AJ. Jon Allen succeeds
Mark Bailey (BA Honours [Political Science], University of Victoria, 1973) joined the
Department of External Affairs in 1973. Mr. Bailey has since had postings to Rabat,
Abidjan, Jeddah and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the Office of the United
Nations in Geneva. From 1992 to 1996, he served as Minister-Counsellor in
Washington, D.C. In 1998, he was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Morocco. In
Ottawa, he has held positions in a number of divisions including the Personnel Division,
the International Economic Relations Division, the International Finance and Investment
Affairs Division, the Maghreb and Arabian Peninsula Division and the Assignments
Division. Currently he is Director General of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau.
Mr. Bailey is married to Raja Bailey and they have three daughters. Mark Bailey
succeeds Brian Davis.
Léopold Battel (MA [Political Science], University of Ottawa, 1974). Before joining the
Public Service in 1977, Mr. Battel worked with the United Nations Development
Programme as a program attaché in Algeria. Upon joining the federal government, he
served as Regional Analyst, Federal-Provincial Relations for the Privy Council Office;
and Intergovernmental Secretary for Bilateral Air Policy with Transport Canada. In
1980, he moved to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a project
manager for Zaire. While with CIDA, Mr. Battel served abroad in Abidjan, and at
headquarters as Desk Officer (first for Western and Central Africa, and later for
Western Europe); Analyst, Haiti Program; and Director, Haiti Program. Moving to the
Department of External Affairs in 1983, he continued his service abroad in Abidjan,
Port-au-Prince, Helsinki, Rabat and Paris. In Ottawa, he has worked as International
Trade Development Officer, Northern Europe Division; and Deputy Director, Export
Financing Division. He and his wife, Giovanna, have a son, Christian. Léopold Battel
succeeds Paul Lau.
Anna Blauveldt (BA Honours, University of New Brunswick, 1974) joined the
Government of Canada in 1974 and served with various departments before joining the
Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1985. There, Ms. Blauveldt
served as International Trade Officer, Special Trade Relations Bureau, and Deputy
Director in the Special Trade Relations Bureau and the Free Trade Policy Bureau. In
1989, she moved to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and in 1991,
to Industry Canada. Following five years away from government, when she worked
abroad as a private consultant, Ms. Blauveldt returned to civil service in 2000 with the
Department of Canadian Heritage. There, she served first as Director, UN World
Conference Against Racism, and subsequently as Director, Aboriginal Peoples and
Human Rights. In 2002, she was named Director, Children and Youth, First Nations and
Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. She is currently Director General, Policy
Coordination, with the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of
Canada. She is married to John Brooks and they have a daughter, Katya. Anna
Blauveldt succeeds Richard Têtu.
Angela Bogdan (BA [International Relations]; BEd; MA [Strategic Studies], York
University) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1984
and has served abroad in Melbourne, Brussels (Canadian delegation to NATO),
Warsaw and most recently as Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro. Ms. Bogdan has
also held several Headquarters assignments, including in the Asia Pacific, United
Nations, and Defence Relations divisions, and as a trade officer in the former Defence
Programs Bureau. She currently serves as Director, Science, Policy and Corporate
Applications, Global Partnership Program. Ms. Bogdan has two children, Jason and
Kate, and will be accompanied by her spouse, Gary Firth. Angela Bogdan succeeds
Michael Calcott (BA Honours [English and French], University of Toronto, 1972) joined
the Public Service in 1979. In 1993, he joined Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as
Director and, subsequently, Executive Director for Ministerial and Executive Services.
He held the same titles at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he moved in 1996,
before moving to the Public Affairs Branch in that department, where he became
Executive Director of Communications and then of Communications and Executive
Services. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2003
as Director General of the Executive Services Bureau. He is currently Director General
of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute. Michael Calcott succeeds Bruce Jutzi.
Graeme Clark (BA Honours [English and History], University of Toronto, 1982; MLitt
[Modern Languages], Merton College, Oxford, 1986). Prior to joining the Department of
External Affairs and International Trade in 1989, Mr. Clark worked as a teacher of both
French and English; a freelance broadcaster for Radio-Canada; a parliamentary intern
in the House of Commons; and as a legislative assistant to various members of
Parliament. He has worked in divisions related to international economic relations;
Soviet affairs; security and defence relations; and as Director of the Mexico Division. He
has also served as a legislative/departmental assistant to two ministers of Foreign
Affairs from 1993 to 1995, and as Legislative Assistant to the Prime Minister from 1995
to 1997. His assignments abroad have included San José, Costa Rica; Boston; and
Lima, where he served as Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia from 1997 to 2001. Mr.
Clark is currently Director of the Media Relations Office at Foreign Affairs Canada. He
has contributed to books on parliamentary reform and Latin American security
questions. Graeme Clark succeeds Paul Durand.
Susan Gregson (BA [Anthropology], University of British Columbia, 1978) joined the
Department of External Affairs in 1981. Since then she has served abroad in Hong
Kong, Bangkok, Beijing (twice), and Rome (twice). Ms. Gregson served in Ottawa as
Director, Program and Policy Coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade in 1991; as well as Director, Personnel, International Region, in
1993, and Acting Director General, Ministerial and Executive Services with Citizenship
and Immigration Canada in 1996. Returning to the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade in 2001, Ms. Gregson served as Director, Human Rights,
Humanitarian Affairs and International Women’s Equality. She subsequently served for
two years as Senior Director, International Affairs, Immigration and Defence Division.
Since January 2006, she has served as Acting Director General, Regional Markets,
World Markets Branch. She is married to Eugenio Clini and has two children, Julian and
Livia. Susan Gregson succeeds Robert Mackenzie.
Alexander Himelfarb (BA [Sociology], University of Toronto, 1969; MA [Sociology],
University of Toronto, 1970; PhD [Sociology], University of Toronto, 1975) joined the
Public Service in 1981 with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. He has
held a number of positions since that time, including Director General, Planning and
Systems Group, Planning and Management Branch with the Department of the Solicitor
General of Canada; Executive Director of the National Parole Board; Assistant
Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Policy Development with the Privy Council Office; and
Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board. While serving as Associate Secretary of the
Treasury Board, he also headed the federal Task Force on the Social Union. In 1999,
Mr. Himelfarb became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, a position he held until his
appointment as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in May 2002.
Since March 2006, he has served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. Alexander
Himelfarb succeeds Robert Fowler.
Ross Hornby (BA Honours, University of British Columbia, 1975; MA, University of
Toronto, 1976; LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1980) joined the
Department of External Affairs in 1981. From 1981 to 1986 he worked in the Legal
Bureau and was posted to the Canadian Permanent Mission in Geneva. From 1986 to
1993, Mr. Hornby worked in the Public Law Sector of the Department of Justice. From
1994 to 1996 he served as General Counsel at the Department of Communications and
the Department of Finance. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Senior General Counsel
at the Treasury Board Secretariat. From 2000 to 2003, he was Assistant Secretary,
Government Operations at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Mr. Hornby is currently
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Public Diplomacy, at Foreign Affairs
Canada. Ross Hornby succeeds Jeremy Kinsman.
Sara Hradecky (BA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1981; MA [International
Affairs], Carleton University, 1983; MSc [Aerospace Science], Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University, 2004) joined the Department of External Affairs and
International Trade in 1983 and has since served abroad in Buenos Aires, Belgrade
and Tel Aviv, and as Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City. At Headquarters, she has
served as Director, International Financing and currently serves as Director General,
International Business Development Policy and Innovation. In 2001, she received the
Minister of International Trade’s Award for Trade Service. In addition, on behalf of
International Trade Canada, she accepted the 2005 Public Service Award of Excellence
in the Exemplary Contribution Under Extraordinary Circumstances category, for support
to the Canadian private sector as part of the government’s Tsunami Task Force. Sara
Hradecky succeeds David Hutton.
Ross Hynes (LLB, University of Toronto, 1975; MPA, Queen’s University, 1980) joined
the Department of External Affairs in 1976. His postings abroad have included Warsaw,
Lagos and Canada’s United Nations missions in Geneva and New York, including
service as Canadian Representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights. In
Ottawa, Mr. Hynes has served in several capacities, including as Senior Departmental
Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, Departmental Human Rights
Coordinator and Director of Human Rights, Women’s Equality, and Justice Affairs, and
Deputy Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat of the Privy
Council Office. He is currently Canada’s Ambassador for Mine Action (appointed 2002)
and Director General of Foreign Affairs Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task
Force Secretariat. He is married to Vanessa, and they have two grown sons, Darren
and Jason. Ross Hynes succeeds James Wall.
William Johnston (BA [International Relations], University of British Columbia, 1972;
Graduate, National Defence College, Kingston, 1994) is Director and Senior Trade
Commissioner at the International Trade Canada (ITCan) Regional Office in Vancouver.
A career foreign service officer with 33 years experience in international business
development, Mr. Johnston’s areas of expertise include Asia, investment promotion,
strategic alliance creation and performance measurement. His foreign assignments
include Seoul, Sao Paulo, London, Atlanta, and, most recently, New Delhi. He is
concurrently co-chair of British Columbia’s Regional Trade Network and National
Champion for performance measurement for ITCan regional offices. Until recently, he
served on the advisory board of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission,
the McRae Institute at Capilano College and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
Bill Johnston succeeds Sanjeev Chowdhury.
Norbert Kalisch (BA [Economics], University of British Columbia, 1973) joined
Statistics Canada as an economist statistician in 1973 and joined the Department of
External Affairs as a foreign service officer in 1974. Since then, he has served abroad
in Bogota, Nairobi, Helsinki, Rome, Bonn and Berlin. At Headquarters, Mr. Kalisch has
held a number of positions including those of Analyst, Bureau of Economic Intelligence;
Trade Officer, Middle East Division; Director, Trade Promotion Policy; and Director,
Import Controls Division. Mr. Kalisch currently serves as Director General, European
Union, North and West Europe Bureau. He is married to Kaarina Kalisch. Norbert
Kalisch succeeds Bernard Giroux.
Arif Lalani (BA [International Relations], University of British Columbia, 1989) joined
the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1991. He has since
served abroad in Ankara (with accreditation to Georgia and Azerbaijan), New York (at
the United Nations as an Alternate Permanent Representative to the Security Council),
and most recently in Washington, D.C. In Ottawa, assignments have included work in
the Office of the Senior Advisor for the Middle East Peace Process and as Coordinator
for the Balkans in the Southern Europe Division. In 2003, he was appointed Director,
South Asia Division, which includes responsibility for Canada’s engagement in
Afghanistan. He currently serves as Acting Director General, Asia South and Pacific
Bureau. Mr. Lalani is a recipient of the Minister’s Award for Excellence for his work with
the UN Security Council and of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding
service to Canada and Canadians. He will be accompanied by Katie Naumai Kerr. Arif
Lalani succeeds John Holmes.
Michèle Lévesque (BA , University of Ottawa, 1975) joined the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) in 1984. Before her entry into the Public Service, she
worked with the International Development Research Centre and the United Nations in
New York. At CIDA, she worked with international non-governmental organizations and
the multilateral system. She later moved to the Privy Council Office, where she worked
on issues relating to the Government Operations and Work Relations Secretariat, and
then with the Foreign and Defence Affairs Secretariat. Returning to CIDA, she served
as Director and then Director General of the International Humanitarian Assistance
Bureau. In 1998, she was named Canada’s Ambassador to Senegal. Upon her return to
Canada, she worked as Deputy Secretary (Policy, Programs and Protocol) with the
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, before being appointed as
Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. In Morocco, Michèle Lévesque succeeds Carmen Sylvain.
Gary Luton (BA Honours [Political Studies], Queen’s University, 1984; MA [Foreign
Policy Studies], Dalhousie University, 1984; LLB, University of Ottawa, 1999) joined the
Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1987. He has served abroad
in Kuwait City (with accreditation to Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab
Emirates) from 1989 to 1991, Paris from 1991 to 1994 and, more recently, at the
Mission of Canada to the European Union in Brussels where he was Head of the
Economic and Trade Policy Section. His assignments in Canada have included Deputy
Director, Investment Trade Policy Division; Dispute Settlement Coordinator, NAFTA
Chapter 11 [Investment]; Manager of the Export Development Act Review; Acting
Director Economic and Trade Policy (Policy Staff); and Deputy Chief Negotiator for
Canada, Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. During 1999 and 2000, he took
academic leave to article at Stikeman Elliott in Ottawa. Gary Luton succeeds Ping
Ralph Lysyshyn (BA, McGill University, 1969; MA, University of Alberta, 1971) joined
the Department of External Affairs in 1972 and served abroad in Moscow, Lagos,
Washington and Brussels, where he was Minister Counsellor at the Canadian Mission
to NATO from 1990 to 1994. In Ottawa, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office in
1978 and 1979. At Headquarters, Mr. Lysyshyn held a number of positions, including
Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Division and, from 1994 to 1998, that of
Director General, International Security and Arms Control Bureau. From 1998 to 2002
he served as the first President of the Forum of Federations. From 2002 to 2005, he
was Canada’s Ambassador to Poland and Belarus. He is married to Susan Margaret
Lysyshyn. They have three children. Ralph Lysyshyn succeeds Christopher Westdal.
Marta Moszczenska (BA, Carleton University) joined the Department of Industry, Trade
and Commerce in 1977 as a commercial officer. In 1985, she became a foreign service
officer and later served abroad in Milan and in Boston as a trade commissioner. In
Ottawa, following several assignments in trade policy and with the Program for Export
Market Development, she served as Departmental Assistant to the Minister for
International Trade and Deputy Director, Trade Development Liaison and Special
Projects Division. From 1994 to 1996, she was Director, Rotational Administrative
Personnel Division. Between 1996 and 1999 she served as Counsellor (Commercial)
and Consul at the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia. In 1999, she was appointed
Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary, with concurrent accreditation to Slovenia. She has
most recently served as Director, Central European, Baltic and Eastern Mediterranean
Division. Marta Moszczenska succeeds Franco Pillarella.
Robert Noble (BA, University of Toronto, 1970) joined the Trade Commissioner
Service in 1974 after a period of work in the private sector and the Ontario government.
Mr. Noble has had postings to Dakar, Madrid, twice to Mexico City and Boston. He
served as Canada’s Ambassador to Gabon from 1997 to 2000. In Ottawa, he has
served in a variety of capacities, including a secondment from 1983 to 1987 to the
Canadian Exporters Association as Director of Government Liaison, responsible for
industrial cooperation projects in Central and Southern Africa. At headquarters, he
served as Director of the Central Europe Division from 1995 to 1997. He currently
serves as Deputy Consul General of Canada in New York. Mr. Noble is married to
Janet Boyer and they have one daughter. Robert Noble succeeds Rocco Delvecchio.
Henri-Paul Normandin (BCL, McGill University, 1981; MA [International Relations],
University of Ottawa, 1996). Before joining the civil service, Mr. Normandin worked as a
researcher, and then director for the Montreal-based Legal Information Research
Group, and also as a lawyer with the Commission des Services Juridiques du Bas
St-Laurent-Gaspésie. Since joining the Canadian International Development Agency in
1983, he has served abroad in Kinshasa and twice in Beijing, his last assignment there
being Counsellor and Head of the Development Section. In Ottawa, his positions have
included Senior Governance Specialist, Asia Branch; Director, Policy Coordination; and
Director, Canada Fund for Africa Secretariat. Having moved to Foreign Affairs Canada
in 2004, Mr. Normandin currently serves as Director, Human Rights, Gender Equality,
Health and Population. He is married to Carole Courchesne and they have two sons.
Henri-Paul Normandin succeeds Gilbert Laurin.
Norris Pettis (BA, University of Western Ontario; MBA, Athabasca University) enrolled
in the Canadian Forces in 1971 and, upon graduation from university, was
commissioned into the Royal Canadian Regiment. He has served in several positions in
both the 1st and 2nd battalions of his regiment, including that of Commanding Officer.
Mr Pettis’ international tours of duty include the role of exchange officer with the British
Army of the Rhine in Germany; two tours of peacekeeping duty in Cyprus, including
command of the central sector of the island and of the Canadian contingent; a year-long United Nations tour during the Balkan war as Chief of Staff for the Croatian theatre
and Deputy Commander of the Canadian contingent deployed to the region; and five
years as the Canadian Defence Attaché in the Arabian Gulf region. Following his
command of Canada’s northern military region, Mr. Pettis was appointed Director of
Protocol and Foreign Liaison for the Department of National Defence. Norris Pettis
succeeds Jean-Michel Roy.
Bruno Picard (BSc, Business Administration [Managerial Economics], Laval University,
1977) joined the Foreign Service in 1978. He served as Trade Commissioner in Cairo,
Guatemala, Rabat, and Brussels. From 1999 to 2002, he was Canada’s Ambassador to
the Dominican Republic. As a junior officer in Ottawa, he served with the Central
America and Caribbean Trade Development Division, the Cabinet and Parliamentary
Affairs Division, and the West Europe Division. He worked as Departmental Assistant to
the Minister of State for International Trade in 1989, as well as Director of
Communications for the Minister of International Trade from 1994 to 1996. He was then
appointed Director (Professional Development) at the Canadian Foreign Service
Institute and, in 2002, Director of the Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison Division.
Currently, Mr. Picard serves as Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana with
concurrent accreditation to Suriname and the CARICOM Secretariat. He is married to
Nicole Proulx, and the couple has three children. Bruno Picard succeeds Wilfrid-Guy
Georges Rioux (BA [Humanities], Université de Moncton, Edmunston Campus, 1980),
is originally from Grand-Falls, New Brunswick, and joined the Department of External
Affairs and International Trade in 1982. He has served abroad in Riyadh, Tel Aviv and
twice in Washington. He has also had short-term assignments at the UN and in
Amman. At Headquarters, he served in various capacities, including that of Legislative
Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Rioux subsequently joined the
Department of National Defence in July 1998 as Director General of Public Affairs.
Since November 2003, Mr. Rioux has been Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Board
Secretariat. Georges Rioux succeeds Anne Charles.
Haig Sarafian (Bachelor in Business Administration, École des Hautes Études
Commerciales, Université de Montréal, 1973) is a career diplomat who started with the
federal government in 1974. His foreign assignments have taken him to Lima,
Baghdad, Sao Paulo, Tunis, Damascus, Paris, and more recently to Beirut, where he
served as Ambassador from 1998 to 2002. At Headquarters, he was Deputy Director of
the Middle East division of the department from 1981 to 1984, responsible for trade with
Iraq, Iran and the Gulf countries and, subsequently, from 1990 to 1993, he was Director
General of the International Trade Centre in Montreal. After his return from Lebanon, he
joined the Canadian Management Center for two years as Executive Director in charge
of the Learning and Innovation Seed Fund. Since the summer of 2004, he has been
Deputy Chief of Protocol and Director, Diplomatic Corps at Foreign Affairs Canada.
Mr. Sarafian, who is married to Joan (née Brodie), succeeds David Viveash.
Margaret Skok (BA Honours [Literature and History], Carleton University, 1972). Born
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she began her career with the federal government with the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Employment and Immigration, and Parks
Canada, working in Ottawa and Montreal. In 1981, she joined the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans, specifically working in the international area of policy and
negotiations. In 1987, she joined Agriculture Canada’s international team, as an
international marketing officer, and International Trade Policy Officer. During her time
with Agriculture, between 1990 and 1994, she served with the Department of External
Affairs and International Trade, and abroad at the Canadian embassy in Moscow,
tasked with the overview and management of Canada’s agriculture relations and trade
with the Soviet Union, and the former Soviet Union. She returned to Ottawa to
subsequently join the Department of Canadian Heritage in 1995 to address emerging
international files in the cultural development sector, and worked as the Director for
Trade and Investment Development in 1998. In 2003, she joined the Media Awareness
Group on an executive interchange. Currently, Ms. Skok serves as Senior Policy
Advisor with Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications at Industry
Canada. Ms. Skok has an adult daughter and son. Margaret Skok succeeds Anna
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