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Canada announces appointment of new special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

January 6, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Jamal Khokhar, Canada’s Ambassador to Turkey, will concurrently assume the role of Canada’s special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Since 2013, Canada has pursued its engagement with the OIC to facilitate cooperation on priorities such as good governance, human rights, diversity and inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, […]

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A “Tsunami” of Holiday Cards for the Two Michaels

Ottawa, December 11, 2020 Yesterday, on the second anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, both Canadian citizens, the President of the Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association – AMBCANADA – (formerly known as the Retired Heads of Mission Association – RHOMA), Ms. Abbie Dann, sent an urgent communication to the over 300 members of the Association. In her email she urged members of AMBCANADA to join […]

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

December 1, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Kathleen (Kati) Csaba becomes High Commissioner in the Republic of Ghana. Ms. Csaba replaces Heather Cameron.   Related products Biographical note

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Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association Scholarship for Indigenous Students: Please Donate!

The Canadian Ambassadors Alumni Association (AMBCANADA), until recently known as RHOMA, has, over the years, provided scholarships to graduate-level students with an interest in pursuing studies in international affairs. This year, for the first time ever, the Association has partnered with Carleton University to offer a scholarship to an outstanding Indigenous graduate student enrolled in a program within its Faculty of Public Affairs.  The Scholarship is valued at $2,000.00 and to date the […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

November 13, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Mark Berman becomes High Commissioner in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and Representative to the Caribbean Community. Mr. Berman replaces Lilian Chatterjee. Christina Buchan becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. Ms. Buchan replaces René Cremonese. Jeannette Menzies becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. Ms. Menzies replaces Anne-Tamara […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

October 30, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Lilian Chatterjee becomes High Commissioner in Barbados. Ms. Chatterjee replaces Marie Legault. Rodger Cuzner becomes Consul General in Boston (United States of America). Mr. Cuzner replaces David Alward. Wendy Drukier becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain. Ms. Drukier replaces Matthew Levin. Alain Gendron becomes Ambassador to the Kingdom of […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

October 17, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Ailish Johnson Campbell to be Ambassador to the European Union, in Brussels. Ms. Johnson Campbell replaces Daniel Costello. Natasha Cayer becomes Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris. Ms. Cayer replaces Elaine Ayotte. Jenny Hill becomes Ambassador to the […]

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

October 14, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Claude Demers becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Demers replaces Julie Shouldice. Related product Biographical note

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Announcement of New Diplomatic Appointments

September 29, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Behzad Babakhani becomes Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City (Socialist Republic of Vietnam). Mr. Babakhani replaces Kyle Nunas. Louis Dumas becomes Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mr. Dumas replaces Jess Dutton. Michael Gort becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Chile. Mr. Gort replaces Patricia Peña. Annick […]

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Announcement of new diplomatic appointments

September 1, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments: Sylvain Fabi becomes Consul General to Denver (United States of America). Mr. Fabi replaces Stéphane Lessard. André François Giroux becomes Consul General to Sydney (Australia). Mr. Giroux replaces Angela Bogdan.    Related products Biographical notes

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Canada announces new ambassador to Lebanon

August 17, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced the following diplomatic appointment: Chantal Chastenay becomes Canada’s new ambassador to the Lebanese Republic. Ms. Chastenay replaces Emmanuelle Lamoureux. Ms. Chastenay’s appointment comes at a crucial time for Lebanon following the tragic explosion in Beirut. She will lead the coordination of Canada’s ongoing support in response to the crisis which includes […]

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Prime Minister appoints Bob Rae as Ambassador to the United Nations

July 6, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario   The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of the Honourable Bob Rae as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York. Mr. Rae brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently serving as Canada’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues, building on his earlier work as Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. In […]

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RHOMA Statement on the letter signed by 59 former Canadian diplomats on the situation in the Middle East

June 3, 2020 – Ottawa, Canada The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) today issued the following statement: On behalf of its nearly 400 members across Canada, the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA), which is comprised of former Canadian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General, wishes to express its support for the letter signed by 59 former Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Canada and former Ambassadors and senior diplomats. […]

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Statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb, a distinguished former Canadian diplomat and Ambassador of Note

April 21, 2020 – Ottawa, Canada The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) today issued the following statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb: “On behalf of its nearly 400 members across Canada, the Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA), which is comprised of former Canadian Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General, and their partners, extends deepest condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Allan Gotlieb, who died […]

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Statement on the passing of former diplomat Allan Gotlieb

April 21, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the passing of Allan Gotlieb: “Global Affairs Canada and its employees were saddened to learn of the death of Allan Gotlieb, an exceptional public servant and diplomat whose influential work has left a lasting impression on Canada’s foreign policy. “Mr. Gotlieb led a distinguished public service career, and his dedication to […]

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RHOMA President Praises Canadian Consular Services

Here: https://www.lapresse.ca/debats/opinions/202004/07/01-5268402-merci-a-nos-agents-consulaires-ces-mal-aimes.php

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Prime Minister announces Canada’s Ambassador to the United States

March 26, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Canada and the United States enjoy a unique and strong relationship based on deep people-to-people connections, shared geography, common values and interests, and mutually beneficial economic and security ties. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Kirsten Hillman has been appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. Ms. Hillman has served as Canada’s Acting Ambassador to the United States since August 2019, and […]

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RHOMA salutes the heroic efforts of Canadian diplomats in the fight against COVID19

The Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA) salutes the professionalism and dedication of our colleagues at Global Affairs Canada headquarters and Canadian diplomats and local employees around the world working tirelessly to help Canadians abroad under the current very challenging circumstances.

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Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations

February 21, 2020 – Montréal, Quebec Check against delivery. This speech has been translated in accordance with the Government of Canada’s official languages policy and edited for posting and distribution in accordance with its communications policy. Thank you for this warm introduction. What a pleasure to be back here at CORIM [Montreal Council on Foreign Relations]. The last time I was here before CORIM, I was Minister of International Trade. […]

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Announcement of a new diplomatic appointment

February 7, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointment: Peter MacArthur becomes Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Mr. MacArthur replaces John Holmes. Biographical note

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