Australian High Commissioner Louise Hand is wrapping up her tenure in Canada. The top envoy, who’s held the high commissioner position since January 2012, will be en route back to Canberra by the end of January after a typical three-year posting for Australian diplomats.
Before her stint in Ottawa, Ms. Hand was Australia’s ambassador for climate change. Before that, she was also Australia’s ambassador to Cambodia and has held previous postings in Geneva and Vienna.
Ms. Hand’s replacement is Tony Negus, a former federal police commissioner who served in that role from 2009 to 2014. A December press release from the Australian government noted that Mr. Negus has served on law enforcement boards, including as the chairman of the Australian crime commission, and was awarded the Australian police medal and other awards from Indonesia, the United States and Interpol.
According to the Australian High Commission, Mr. Negus begins his posting in Ottawa on Feb. 2.
Sergeant-at-arms, soon-to-be diplomat
Kevin Vickers, Canada’s sergeant-at-arms, is set to head overseas as a Canadian head of mission. The Prime Minister’s Office announced on Jan. 8 that Mr. Vickers will be Canada’s next ambassador to Ireland, beginning Jan. 19.
In a statement after the PMO announcement, Mr. Vickers said he’s humbled to serve his country in the role of an ambassador. “As a Canadian with family on both sides hailing from Ireland, there could be no greater honour,” he said.
As sergeant-at-arms since 2006, Mr. Vickers was tasked with maintaining order and security on Parliament Hill. According to the Parliament of Canada website, the sergeant-at-arms “preserves order in the galleries, lobbies, and corridors and is responsible for taking into custody strangers who misbehave in the galleries.”
The former RCMP officer's almost 30 years serving for the RCMP led him to the role of chief superintendent, then to work with Parliament Hill security in 2005.
Mr. Vickers isn’t the first political appointee to Ireland. He will be replacing Loyola Hearn, who served as a Progressive Conservative MP from Newfoundland from 2000 to 2008 and as the minister for fisheries and oceans from 2006 to 2008, and was appointed ambassador to Ireland in 2010. Mr. Hearn’s predecessor in the role was Pat Binns, a former Conservative premier for the province of Prince Edward Island, who was appointed in 2007.
Mr. Vickers is a native of New Brunswick. He gained recognition after the Oct. 22 shooting in Ottawa, when a gunman stormed Parliament Hill after an attack on officers standing guard at Ottawa’s National War Memorial.
Chilean secretary leaving chilly Ottawa
Beatriz de la Fuente, first secretary and consul at the Chilean Embassy, is wrapping up her posting after five years in Ottawa on Jan. 16. She’ll be heading back to Santiago to work in the consular affairs section of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the embassy’s website, Ms. Fuente was responsible for legal matters, special policy, culture and press. In a phone interview with Embassy on Jan. 6, Ms. Fuente noted that by mid-to-late February, foreign service officers Paola Palma and Rodrigo Meza will arrive in Ottawa to replace her, as well as replace former second secretary Maria Eugenia Urcelay.
Ms. Fuente said she’s spent these years in Ottawa with her husband Guillermo Muñoz, a chef who catered special events including national day receptions, and her six year-old son Juan Guillermo. While in Ottawa her son took his first steps, and started school, giving her family many special memories of their time here.
New year, new diplomatic appointments
Foreign Minister John Baird announced a handful of diplomatic appointments on Jan. 6. and Jan. 9.
Michelle D’Auray, who’s been the deputy minister of Public Works and Government Services since November 2012, will replace Judith A. LaRocque as Canada’s next ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development as of Jan. 21. Ms. D’Auray has been working in government since 1979, with stints at the National Film Board, Privy Council Office and Industry Canada and was the first female deputy minister at Fisheries and Oceans.
Ms. D’Auray was listed as the tenth most influential person in government and politics when she was secretary at the Treasury Board—the first woman to hold the role—in the Hill Times Power and Influence magazine in 2012.
Marina Laker is Canada’s newest high commissioner in Brunei. Ms. Laker began at Foreign Affairs in 1992 and has since held posts in New York, Berlin, Damascus, Cyprus and Kabul. In Ottawa much of her work has focused on non-proliferation, disarmament and peacekeeping operations.
The next consul general in Dallas is Sara Wilshaw, who’s heading to Texas after serving in Canada’s Indian high commission and is replacing Paula Cadwell in the consul general role. Ms. Wilshaw joined the department of foreign affairs in 1996. She held the role of first secretary in Tokyo and was formerly posted to Canada’s WTO mission in Geneva.
Alain Hausser is Canada’s next ambassador for Latvia, replacing John Morrison, and is also accredited to Lithuania and Estonia. Mr. Hausser has been with the government since 1988. He’s served abroad in Tel Aviv, Bonn, Berlin, Brussels and Strasbourg. Most recently, he was head of the political section in Canada’s embassy in the Netherlands.
Eelco Jager, who’s just coming out of three years of helping to negotiate Canada’s air transport agreements, is heading to Mongolia’s as Canada’s ambassador. He joined DFAIT’s trade policy division in 1999 and has since worked as trade commissioner in a number of postings abroad, including Lima and Brazil. Mr. Jager is taking over the ambassador position from Gregory Goldhawk.
Dubai is also getting a new head of mission. Emmanuel Kamarianakis, most recently serving as a counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Rome, will be heading to the UAE. Mr. Kamarianakis has served in embassies in Mexico, Greece and Iran and worked in the Privy Council Office from 2006 to 2008 as a foreign and defence policy analyst. He replaces Ross Miller in Dubai.
Isabelle Roy is taking over the Algerian ambassador position from Geneviève des Rivières. Ms. Roy has been with the Canadian foreign affairs department since 1990 and has worked in the Francophonie Affairs Division, the Economic and Financial Relations Division, the Western Europe Division and the West and Central Africa Division. She has served abroad in Yaoundé and in the Canadian delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. She was Canada’s ambassador to Mali from 2005 to 2008 and most recently served as director of DFATD’s Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division.
David Sproule is Canada’s next ambassador to Libya, replacing Colin Townson. Mr. Sproule began his career in the foreign service in 1981 and has served as head of mission at a number of embassies and high commissions, including in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand and Norway. Mr. Sproule has held many positions in Ottawa, such as the director of the Asia Division at the Intelligence Assessments Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.
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