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Biographical Notes

Deborah Chatsis (BSc [Mechanical Engineering], University of Saskatchewan, 1983; LLB, University of Saskatchewan, 1986; LLM [International Law], University of Ottawa, 1998; MPA, Harvard University, 2007; LLD [hon.], University of Saskatchewan, 2015) worked as a law clerk with the Appeal Division of the Federal Court of Canada before joining External Affairs and International Trade Canada as a foreign service officer in 1989. Since then, she has served at missions in Beijing, Bogotá, Miami, Geneva, New York and Hanoi. From 2009 to 2010, she served at Headquarters as legal adviser with the legal operations and human rights divisions and as executive assistant to the deputy minister of foreign affairs. From September 2010 to August 2013, Ms. Chatsis was Canada’s ambassador to Vietnam. Ms. Chatsis also served on secondment to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as senior adviser to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and to the Privy Council Office as senior adviser to the Social Development Policy Secretariat. Most recently, Ms. Chatsis was executive director for South Asia relations at Headquarters. Deborah Chatsis replaces Stuart Savage.

Sandra McCardell (BA, University of Alberta, 1991) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1992, where she worked as desk officer, Eastern and Southern Africa Division. Following training in Egypt to learn Arabic, Ms. McCardell was political adviser to the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998-2000) at the Embassy of Canada to Israel and counsellor (political) at the Embassy of Canada to Lebanon (2002-2003). Ms. McCardell was ambassador to Libya from 2009 to 2011, representing Canada both before and after the Libyan revolution. In Ottawa, Ms. McCardell has held a number of positions, including as director of the Partnerships Division of the Invest in Canada Bureau. She has served as Canada’s ambassador to Morocco and Mauritania since 2012. Ms. McCardell is married and has three children. Sandra McCardell replaces Gaston Barban.

Patricia McCullagh (BA [Commerce, French], University of Western Ontario, 1983; MSc [International Political Economy], The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, 1988) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2003 as senior economist and private sector development team leader. Ms. McCullagh was promoted to CIDA’s executive cadre in 2005 as director of gender equality, representing Canada at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee and other international forums and leading on the economic empowerment of women. Ms. McCullagh was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia, from 2007 to 2011 as director of CIDA’s Indonesia development program. There, she worked closely with the Canadian ambassador on ASEAN issues, post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia, human rights and pluralism and as chargé d’affaires with anti-terrorism as a priority—including assisting Canadians in need following the July 2009 double bombing of two hotels in Jakarta. As director, strategic analysis and operations, for the Europe, Middle East, Maghreb, Afghanistan and Pakistan bureau from 2011 to 2012, Ms. McCullagh and the bureau’s director general led development of CIDA’s deficit reduction action plan proposal for this region. Ms. McCullagh was posted to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2012 as senior director of development for Tanzania, leading on key priorities for Canada. These included the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health initiative, extractives (namely the Canada-Tanzania G-8 transparency in the extractives industry project), sustainable economic growth and education/skills development. Prior to joining the government, Ms. McCullagh worked for the United Nations in Vietnam. She also spent time in the private sector, running her own business in the United Kingdom and working in financial publishing in the U.K. and Canada. She is married and has two daughters, Jessica and Natalie. Patricia McCullagh replaces Chantal de Varennes.

Marianick Tremblay (BAA [Civil and International Law], Université de Sherbrooke, 1989; LLB, Université de Sherbrooke, 1990) worked as a litigator for Laurentienne Générale in Montréal before joining External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1993. She was posted overseas to Mexico City (1995-1998), Rabat (2001-2005), Santiago (2007-2010) and, most recently, San Salvador (2010-2012), where she served as ambassador. At Headquarters, she has served as counsel with the Legal Operations Division; senior counsel with the Environmental Law Division; human security coordinator and senior counsel for small arms policy, Human Security Division. She was also deputy director for Brazil and the Southern Cone within the South America and Inter-American Relations Division. Since 2012, she has been director of the Hemispheric Affairs Division, which includes the multilateral group overseeing the Organization of American States, the policy team and the whole-of-government secretariat for Canada’s Strategic Engagement with the Americas and the Inter-American Development program team. Ms. Tremblay is married to Francis Robert and the couple has two children, Anika and Olivier.‎ Marianick Tremblay replaces Pamela O’Donnell.