Mario Ste-Marie (BScA [Economics and Agriculture], Laval University, 1980) has acquired very broad experience in senior positions since he joined the public service in 1982.
He started as an economist with the Department of Agriculture; in 2005 became Executive Secretary of the department and in 2007 Chief of Staff of the Minister of State.
In 1990, he transferred to the Department of External Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to join the team of negotiators representing Canada in the multilateral trade negotiation of the Uruguay round (GATT). At the end of the negotiations he became Director of Economic Policy with Development Economic Canada.
He joined Health Canada in 2001 as Director General with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, where he led the renewal of over 300 financial contributions agreement with First Nations. Two years later, he moved to a cultural department and became Director General, Private Collections, with the National Archives of Canada.
In 2005, he returned to DFAIT as Director General of the Invest in Canada Bureau, the Canadian foreign investment promotion organization. He has served two years in New Delhi as Trade Program Manager for India before his nomination as Consul General of Canada in Australia in 2011.
He and his spouse, Anne Lessard, have three children, Renaud, Jeanne and Jérôme.