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(No. 307 - September 22, 2010 - 1:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Stewart Beck becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of India, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Trudy Kernighan becomes High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Stewart Beck (BA/BPHE, Queen’s University, 1975; MBA, Queen’s University, 1979) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1982 and served abroad in the United States (San Francisco and Miami), Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. In 1999, he was appointed consul general to Shanghai. In Ottawa, he has held a number of positions, including deputy director of the Korea, Taiwan and Indochina Division; director general of the North Asia Bureau; and director general of the Services for Executives Bureau. From 2006 to 2009, he served as assistant deputy minister for international business development, investment and innovation. He is currently consul general in San Francisco. He and his spouse, Brenda, have three sons. Mr. Beck succeeds Joseph Caron.

Trudy Kernighan (BA, University of Waterloo, 1975; BEd, University of Western Ontario, 1976; CTESL, Carleton University, 1981) joined the public service in 1977, serving with the Department of National Health and Welfare. In 1980, she left the public service to teach English overseas. She subsequently joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1982 as a foreign service officer, serving abroad in New Delhi, Belgrade, Pretoria and Nairobi. In 1992, she transferred to the overseas branch of the Department of Employment and Immigration, where she served as refugee policy officer, refugee affairs; deputy director, Eastern Europe; deputy director, assignments, personnel, international region; director, resource management, international region; and director, personnel, international region. She and her spouse, Dan Burns, have two daughters. Ms. Kernighan succeeds Darren Schemmer.

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