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GSEF Talk - 'The Challenges of Development in Fragile States: Experiences from Haiti'

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Hosts: The Global Student Education Forum (GSEF), in collaboration with the Cambridge University International Development (CUiD) and the Faculty of Education Research Students’ Association (FERSA).

About the Speaker:

After Master’s studies in Education Science at the Université Laval, Claude Boucher joined the Department of External Affairs in 1975.

In Ottawa he worked successively in the United Nations Division and the Francophone Africa Division. From 1978 to 1981, he held the position of Deputy Director, Federal-Provincial Coordination Division, and from 1985 to 1986 that of Deputy Director, Western Europe Division.

In 1987, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as Advisor in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat, and from 1988 to 1989 as Chief of Staff for the Minister of the Environment. Upon his return to the Department in 1989, he served as Director of Political and Strategic Analysis until 1991, and Senior Coordinator, Federal-Provincial Relations, from 2002 to 2004.

Abroad, he served in Kinshasa from 1976 to 1978; at the Embassy of Canada in Paris, first as First Secretary from 1981 to 1985 and, secondly, as Minister-Counsellor from 1993 to 1997. From 1991 to 1993 he served as Counsellor in Mexico City. He served as Advisor to Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of La Francophonie, from 1997 to 2001. From August 2004 to June 2008, he was Canada’s Ambassador to Haïti.

In June 2008, he was appointed Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

He has two children, Lorenzo and Paloma.



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