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May 19, 2009
No. 136

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

John Barrett becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Austria, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.

Alan Bones becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.

David Chatterson becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Caroline Chrétien becomes High Commissioner to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Tonga, the Independent State of Samoa, the Republic of Kiribati, and the Republic of the Fiji Islands.

Sarah Fountain Smith becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.

Edwin Loughlin becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.

Audri Mukhopadhyay becomes Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Christopher Shapardanov becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Finland.

Christopher Wilkie becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

John Barrett (BA [Political Science], University of Toronto, 1973; MA [Political Theory and International Relations], University of Toronto, 1975; PhD [International Relations], London School of Economics, 1982; Post-Doctoral Research, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1983; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of International Relations, University of British Columbia, 1985) was appointed deputy director, Canadian Centre for Arms Control and Disarmament, prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1989. Mr. Barrett has held various positions in international security, non-proliferation and disarmament policy planning, as well as in communications and speech writing. From 1994 to 1999, he served in the NATO International Staff as director, policy planning and speech writing. He also served in the Department of National Defence; in the Office of the Governor General of Canada, and in the Privy Council Office before returning to DFAIT in 2005 as director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (Nuclear) Division. In 2006-2007, he was appointed chair of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Verification. He is currently director general of the Strategic Planning, Resources and Coordination Bureau. He and his spouse, Maurie Barrett, have two children. Mr. Barrett succeeds Marie Gervais-Vidricaire.

Alan Bones (BA [Political Science], Carleton University, 1981) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1987, and has since served abroad in Malaysia and Mexico. From 2005 to 2007, he was head of mission at the Embassy of Canada in Khartoum, Sudan, following five years as senior policy advisor to Canada’s Special Envoy to the Sudan Peace Process. In Ottawa, he has held a number of positions, including deputy director and acting director of the Eastern and Southern Africa Relations Division, and officer responsible for hemispheric security issues in the Regional Security and Peacekeeping Division. He is currently an advisor in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Mr. Bones succeeds Anna Blauveldt.

David Chatterson (BComm Honours, University of Manitoba, 1979) joined Revenue Canada’s anti-dumping and countervail directorate in 1980. He was posted to Tokyo twice, as first secretary in 1984 and as counsellor in 1994, at which time he was responsible for the Asia region. Between postings, he worked as a manager with both Revenue Canada and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998 as deputy director and subsequently director of the Multilateral Trade Policy Division. Since 2005, he has served in Paris as deputy permanent representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Mr. Chatterson succeeds Ronald Davidson.

Caroline Chrétien (LLB, Université de Montréal, 1989) served as policy analyst, Quebec and constitutional affairs, with the National Liberal Caucus Research Bureau of the House of Commons; as special assistant to the leader, Quebec and constitutional affairs, with the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition; and as senior special assistant to the Prime Minister prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2001. Since joining, she has served as deputy chief of protocol and director, Diplomatic Corps Services; director, Korea and Oceania Division; and director, East Asia Division II. She is currently high commissioner to Nigeria. Ms. Chrétien succeeds Penny Reedie.

Sarah Fountain Smith (BA Honours [Classics], McGill University, 1989) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1989 and has since served abroad at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the embassies of Canada in Argentina and Brazil. In Ottawa, she has held a number of positions, including deputy director and program manager with the Peacebuilding and Human Security Division from 1997 to 2001, and as deputy and subsequently acting director of the Regional Security and Peacekeeping Division from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fountain Smith was director responsible for relations with Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, as well as for Canada’s engagement in the Summit of the Americas process and the Organization of American States. Since October 2007, she has been director of the Canada-United States Relations Division. Ms. Fountain Smith is a graduate of the Executive Excellence Leadership Program of the Canada School of the Public Service. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. She is married to Richard Smith and they have two children. Ms. Fountain Smith succeeds Norbert Kalisch.

Edwin Loughlin (BA Honours [History], University of Guelph, 1975) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1979 and served abroad in Algiers, Jakarta, Islamabad, Brasilia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New Delhi and Beijing. Mr. Loughlin played a key role in three of the department’s largest consular exercises of the past decade—the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the 2004-2005 tsunami relief in Thailand and the 2006 Lebanese evacuation. He has also been an active member of the senior executive committees in Tokyo, New Delhi and Beijing over the last eight years. At Headquarters, Mr. Loughlin has held a number of positions, notably financial officer for the Office of International Summits and deputy director of the Resource Management Bureau. He is currently minister-counsellor and consul general at the Embassy of Canada in Beijing. Mr. Loughlin and his spouse, Suzie, have two daughters. He succeeds Thomas Marr.

Audri Mukhopadhyay (BA [Economics], Dalhousie University, 1995; MPhil [Economics], Oxford University [Rhodes Scholar], 1998; MBA, Oxford University, [Rhodes Scholar], 2002) joined the public service in 1998 with Finance Canada’s International Finance Branch, and has subsequently worked in both the public and private sectors, specifically with Finance Canada (until 2000), McKinsey & Company (2000-2001), Industry Canada (2002-2005) and Foreign Affairs Canada (since 2005). Mr. Mukhopadhyay’s foreign work experience includes serving as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with McKinsey & Company in California. Since joining DFAIT, he has served as director, Strategic Initiatives (until 2007), and director, Commercial Relations, South and Southeast Asia and Oceania (since December 2007). He was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence in 2006 for his contributions to the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program. Mr. Mukhopadhyay succeeds William Johnston.

Christopher Shapardanov (BA Honours [Political Science and Economics], University of Windsor, 1984; MA [International Affairs], Carleton University, 1987) entered Canada’s public service as a research economist in the Department of Industry in 1986 and joined the Department of External Affairs later that year. He served abroad in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels with the International Secretariat. In Ottawa, he held a number of positions including serving on the Russia Desk, as deputy director of the Economic Summit Division, as a director in the Global Partnership Program; and as director of the Program Services Division in the International Security Branch. In 2004, he was a senior analyst in the Canada-U.S. Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. He is currently director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is married to Lianne Shapardanov. Mr. Shapardanov succeeds Scott Fraser.

Christopher Wilkie (BA Honours [Political Studies], Queen’s University, 1979; MSc [Economics], London School of Economics, 1981; DPhil [International Relations], University of Oxford, 1993) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2003. Prior to that, he worked at Industry Canada, and as principal administrator with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Mr. Wilkie has represented Canada in senior capacities on international investment and other issues, including at the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and as chief negotiator for the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement negotiations with China, new EU member states and other countries. From 2005 to 2007 he was director of the Policy Development and Integration Division, responsible for the development of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. More recently, he was director of Policy and Analysis at the Secretariat of the Competition Policy Review Panel, and he is currently a senior analyst at the Privy Council Office. He and his spouse, Clare, have one son, Samuel Roesch. Mr. Wilkie succeeds Michèle Lévesque.

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