Frédéric Seppey – Biographical notes


Frédéric Seppey has been the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Market and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since January 2018. In this role, he leads a team of more than 260 professionals and is responsible for the business development component of agriculture and agri-food sectors within the Department.

From February 2016 to August 2018, as Canada's Chief Agriculture Negotiator, and from January 2013 to February 2016, as Canada's Chief Agriculture Negotiator and Director General, Trade Agreements and Negotiations, he led international agricultural trade negotiations. In particular, he led agricultural negotiations as part of the renegotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, and as part of negotiations on the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. He was also responsible for Canada's compliance with its rights and obligations under World Trade Organization trade agreements with respect to agricultural issues and products, and for managing disputes on agricultural issues.

Throughout his career, Mr. Seppey has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the public service, including at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Mr. Seppey has a bachelor's degree in economics from the Université de Montréal (1991) and a master's degree in economics from Queen's University (1994).

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