Diplomatic Appointments

November 28, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
Michelle Cameron becomes Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic.
Roxanne Dubé becomes Consul General in Miami (United States of America).
James Hill becomes Consul General in Seattle (United States of America).
Benoît-Pierre Laramée becomes High Commissioner in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Andrew Smith becomes Consul General in Istanbul (Republic of Turkey).
Biographical notes on the appointees follow.
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Biographical Notes
Michelle Cameron (BSc [Advanced Major Biology], Dalhousie University, 1992; BSc [Health Promotion], Dalhousie University, 1995) taught mathematics, computer science and biology in Canada and Malaysia and owned a television production company prior to joining Foreign Affairs Canada in 2002. She has served abroad as second secretary in Ankara and as counsellor (management) and consul in Kabul. At Headquarters, Ms. Cameron has served as resource management adviser in the Resource Management Division, as a member of the department’s Task Force on Security Abroad, as director of the Mission Security Operations division and as executive director of the Missions Inspections Division. Ms. Cameron replaces Hilary Childs-Adams.
Roxanne Dubé (MA [Political Science], University of Ottawa, 1988) served as legislative and cabinet assistant to the minister of human resources development and minister of foreign affairs before she joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998. In Ottawa, she has held positions as director of parliamentary and cabinet affairs, as director and acting senior coordinator of federal, provincial and territorial relations, as corporate secretary, as director general of the Geographic Strategy and Services Bureau and as director general of North American Programs and Operations and executive coordinator of the North American Platform Program. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Dubé served abroad as ambassador to Zimbabwe, with concurrent accreditation to Angola and Botswana. She has two children. Ms. Dubé replaces Louise Léger.
James Hill (BEd, University of Saskatchewan, 1983; BA [History], University of Saskatchewan, 1986; Postgraduate Diploma [International Studies] Cândido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1998) began his career with External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990 as second secretary (commercial) in Tehran. Subsequently, he served abroad as trade commissioner in Rio de Janeiro and as head of the Canadian Delegation Office in Pristina and Skopje. From 2002 to 2005, he served as head of mission in Rio de Janeiro and from 2005 to 2008, in Maputo, represented Canada as high commissioner in Zimbabwe. At Headquarters, Mr. Hill has held many positions, including deputy director of both the Hemisphere Summit Office and the South America Division and director of the Europe and Central Asia Commercial Relations and of the Middle East and Africa Commercial Relations divisions. Most recently, he served as minister-counsellor and deputy head of mission in Kabul. Mr. Hill replaces Edith St-Hilaire.
Benoît-Pierre Laramée (BSc [Geological Engineering], Polytechnique Montréal, 1979; DESS [Energy Sector Management], HEC Montréal, 1988; MSc [Project Management], University of Quebec at Montréal, 1990) joined the City of Montréal after nearly 10 years working as a geophysicist in Canada and Senegal. In 1996, at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, he was appointed regional director for Guinea and two years later was assigned to Bamako, where he served as regional director for West Africa until 2000. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Laramée worked with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he held two director positions. In 2004, he returned to Ottawa to become manager of CIDA’s Results-Based Management Unit, a position he held until 2007, at which time he was appointed senior departmental assistant to the minister. From 2008 to 2011, he was director of CIDA’s Inter-American Regional Program. Most recently, he was high commissioner in Cameroon, with concurrent accreditation to the Central African Republic and Gabon. He and his spouse, Christiane Giroux, have two sons, Christophe and Pierre-Guillaume. Mr. Laramée replaces Heather Cruden.
Andrew Smith (BSc [Geology], University of Manitoba, 1985; MCP, University of Manitoba, 1989) worked as a professor of urban planning in China before opening his own construction consultancy company in Calgary. In 1996, he began his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a trade commissioner in the Japan Division. Since then, he has held progressively more senior Asia-related positions, both at Headquarters, as deputy director of the China and Mongolia Division and most recently as director of the Centre of Learning for International Affairs and Management, and abroad, having served as trade commissioner in Tokyo, senior trade commissioner and minister (commercial) in Beijing and senior trade commissioner in Manila. Mr. Smith has received several departmental awards, including a Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers award. Mr. Smith is Canada’s first consul general in Istanbul.
Source: Business & Finance

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