Biographical Notes

Anna-Karine Asselin (LLL [Civil Law], University of Ottawa, 1990; Barreau du Québec [Quebec Bar], 1991) worked in private practice as a lawyer prior to joining External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1994. At Headquarters, Ms. Asselin served in the Legal Bureau twice, in the Legal Operations Division (1995 to 1998) and in the UN, Criminal and Treaty Law Division (2002 to 2004). At the Privy Council Office, she served in the Machinery of Government Secretariat from 1998 to 2001. Ms. Asselin was posted to Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna as counsellor and program manager (politico-military) from 2004 to 2008, where she led Canada’s chairmanship of the Forum for Security Co-operation in 2006. Upon her return to Ottawa, Ms. Asselin held management assignments as deputy director (Korean Peninsula Division) and deputy director (Inter-American Relations Division). Most recently, Ms. Asselin served in the Canadian embassy in Brasilia as minister-counsellor and head of the political and public affairs section. Ms. Asselin and her spouse, Sanjay Vachali, have two children, Mikaëlle and Christophe. Ms. Asselin replaces Sylvia Cesaratto.

Philip Baker (BSc [Chemical Engineering], Queen’s University, 1984; MBA, Queen’s University, 1986) began his career with the public service in 1990. He held positions at Environment Canada (in international affairs) and the Privy Council Office prior to 2000, when he joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). At CIDA, he served as director, Environment Division, Policy Branch; director general, Strategic Planning and Policy Division, Asia Branch; and director general of the Asia Branch’s Afghanistan Program (which included India, Nepal and Sri Lanka), where he worked for three years to launch “3D” (defence, diplomacy and development) initiatives. Mr. Baker then took a CIDA posting in 2007 in Mozambique, where he was head of cooperation and decentralized country director. In 2008, he was appointed Canada’s high commissioner in Mozambique, Malawi and Swaziland. He returned to CIDA headquarters in September 2010 to take up his new role as regional director general for southern and eastern Africa and led a major ramping-up of sustainable economic growth, extractives and development work for Canada, as well as extensive new maternal, newborn and child health programming, worth more than $450 million, under Canada’s 2010 G‑8 Muskoka initiative. In April 2014, as director general, Southern and Eastern Africa Bureau, he took on new responsibilities to integrate the trade, diplomacy and development streams in the newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Africa Branch. Mr. Baker and his wife, Martina Baker-Sohn, have two daughters, Danika and Kiana. Mr. Baker replaces David Usher.

Richard Bale (BA [English Literature], University of British Columbia, 1977; BA Honours, Laval University, 1981; MA [Development Administration], Carleton University, 1988) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1986 after having worked in Africa with Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) from 1981 to 1983. Following initial assignments at the Canadian embassies in Stockholm and Moscow, where he worked in both trade and development assistance, he was appointed senior trade commissioner in Islamabad (1998 to 2000), Manila (2000 to 2004), Taipei (2005 to 2007) and Jakarta (2009 to 2012). In Taipei, he also served as director of general relations (2004 to 2005). In Ottawa, Mr. Bale served as a trade policy officer (1986 to 1987), trade development officer (1987 to 1988) and export finance officer (1995 to 1998). From 2007 to 2009, he was director of the North Asia Commercial Relations Division. In 2012, he had a short assignment as acting high commissioner in Sri Lanka before taking up his duties, in March 2013, as consul general in Mumbai. Mr. Bale is married to Susan Laidlaw, and they have two children, Rafael and Gabriel. Mr. Bale replaces Wayne Robson.

Sylvain Fabi (BBA, Bishop’s University) worked in sales and marketing for pharmaceutical multinationals before joining a consulting firm specialized in small and medium-sized enterprises. He joined the Trade Commissioner Service of External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1992, where he acted as desk officer for Scandinavia and then Russia in the Europe Branch at headquarters. He then worked as a trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy in Moscow from 1995 to 1998. Upon returning to Ottawa, he worked for a year as a trade policy officer in the Market Access Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), working mainly on World Trade Organization issues. Mr. Fabi served as deputy director of the Trade Commissioner Service Overseas Operations Division at DFAIT headquarters until the summer of 2001 and was senior trade commissioner and counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Havana from 2001 to 2004. From 2005 to 2009, he was senior trade commissioner and counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Santiago. Upon returning from Chile, Mr. Fabi acted as senior departmental advisor to the Minister of International Trade for one year and then worked as director for bilateral relations with Latin America and the Caribbean until August 2013. Since then, he has directed the North America Policy and Relations Division. He is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Russian. Mr. Fabi is married to Jany Joyal, and they have two children, Frédéric and Isabelle. Mr. Fabi replaces Robert Ready.

Maryse Guilbeault (BA, McGill University, 1986) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1993. Her first assignment abroad was in Chile as second secretary (1995 to 1997), and she later served in Peru (2002 to 2005) and in Guatemala (2005 to 2008) as political counsellor. In Ottawa, Ms. Guilbeault has held various assignments within the Latin America Bureau, with responsibilities for Mexico, Brazil, the Andean region and the Southern Cone. She also served as a personnel officer with the Human Resources Branch and worked on corporate issues. Ms. Guilbeault has been deputy director for Central America since 2010. She has four children. Ms. Guilbeault replaces Pierre Giroux.

Paul Maddison served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Vice-Admiral and from the position of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. Mr. Maddison’s decorations include Commander of the Order of Military Merit (Canada), Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States) and Officer of the Legion of Honour (France). In 2014, Mr. Maddison accepted an appointment as strategic adviser to the Co-CEO of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity firm based in Toronto. He also took on responsibilities as vice-president, Global Operations, Momentum Aviation Group, based in Woodbridge, Virginia, and its Canadian subsidiary, MAG Logistics, located in Toronto. Mr. Maddison is also the President of Paul Maddison Consulting Inc., which offers strategic advice with a focus on smart multi-national defence and security procurement solutions. He holds fellowships with both the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He also serves on the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. Mr. Maddison and his wife, Fay, have two children, Audrey and Brendan. He replaces Michael Small.

Keith Morrill (BA [History], Simon Fraser University, 1979; LLB, University of British Columbia, 1983; MSc [Financial Economics], University of London, 1996). Called to the British Columbia bar in 1984, Mr. Morrill joined the Department of External Affairs in 1985 as a foreign service officer. His first posting abroad was in Kingston, Jamaica, as second secretary and vice-consul (1986 to 1988). This was followed by postings in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was seconded to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1992-1993); in Vienna, as first secretary in Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (1993-1997); and in New York, where he was counsellor (economic and social) and legal adviser for the Canadian delegation to the United Nations (2008-2012). At Headquarters, he has served as a legal officer and deputy director of the UN and Treaty Law Division (1997-2002), as director of the Criminal, Security and Treaty Law Division (2002-2008), as director of the Ocean and Environment Law Division (2012-2013), and as director of the UN, Human Rights and Economic Law Division. Mr. Morrill has represented Canada at numerous bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations and was Canada’s chief negotiator for the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols and for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. He and his wife, Jane, have two children, Natalie and André. Mr. Morrill replaces Robert Peck.

Source: General