Biographical notes - Announcement of new diplomatic appointments


Sébastien Beaulieu (BA, University of Moncton, 1995; LLB, McGill University, 1998) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998. At Headquarters, he served as chief of staff to the associate deputy minister of foreign affairs and as executive director for Middle East Relations. He also worked in the Global Issues Branch (energy and climate change), the International Security Branch (crime and terrorism), the Trade Policy Bureau (trade negotiations and investment protection) and the Legal Bureau (trade litigation). Overseas, he served at the permanent mission in Geneva from 2000 to 2003, in Paris from 2006 to 2009, and as Canada’s ambassador to Tunisia from 2012 to 2015. He served most recently as Canada’s executive coordinator for Syria, based in Beirut, from 2017 to 2019.

Heather Cameron (BA Hons [Political Science], Carleton University, 1987; MA [Public Policy], King’s College London, 2009; PhD [Public Policy], King’s College London, 2018) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990 and the Canadian International Development Agency in 1992. During her career, she has had a number of assignments in the Africa and Middle East Bureaus, including as director of the Pan-African and La Francophonie programs. She served as director of Strategic Initiatives from 2009 to 2012 and director of the Human Development and Gender Equality Division from 2012 to 2013. She has also served as the senior director of the Haiti and Dominican Republic Division. Overseas, she served in Zimbabwe from 1992 to 1996, where she was responsible for regional humanitarian affairs, and in Mozambique from 2004 to 2007, where she was counsellor and director of development. She is currently serving as high commissioner in Ghana.

Jennifer May (BA [Political Science and German], Laval University, 1989) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990. At Headquarters, she has focused on Europe and security issues, serving as executive director of Defence and Security Relations, director of Eastern Europe and Eurasia Relations and in various positions in the Southern and Northern Europe Relations directorates. Overseas, she served in Bonn, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vienna and Bangkok and most recently as deputy head of mission in Berlin.

Robin Wettlaufer (BA [International Relations], University of British Columbia, 1998; MA [Political Science], York University, 2000) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998. At Headquarters, she held positions as desk officer for Iraq and as conflict prevention adviser for the G8 foreign ministers’ process, and she also served in Regional Security and Peacekeeping and in the Japan Division. She was senior adviser to the Darfur peace process from 2010 to 2011 and deputy director for the Sudan/South Sudan Task Force from 2011 to 2013. Overseas, she served in Ramallah from 2005 to 2008; in Islamabad from 2008 to 2010; and in Istanbul, first as Canada’s special representative for Syria from 2014 to 2017, and then as head of political affairs for Syria from 2017 to 2019.

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