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Michael Small
Michael Small

High Commissioner for Canada
(Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau,
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu)

Mr. Michael Small is High Commissioner for Canada to Australia with concurrent accreditation to the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  He began his current assignment upon arrival in Canberra in September 2010.

Michael Small joined the Canadian foreign service in 1981. He has had postings in Malaysia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He served as Canadian Ambassador to Cuba from October 2000 until August 2003. 

At headquarters in Ottawa at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Michael Small served from 1990-1992 as the Co-ordinator for the Canadian delegation to the Rio Earth Summit and from 1996-2000 as Director of the Peacebuilding and Human Security Division.  In September 2004, was appointed Senior Co-ordinator, Federal, Provincial, Territorial Relations and then headed a special project team responsible for the transformation of the structure of Foreign Affairs. In July 2005, he became the Director-General for Human Security and Human Rights. In July 2006, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues. In that capacity, he served as Commonwealth Senior Official for the 2007 CHOGM and Canada's Foreign Affairs sous-sherpa for the 2007 and 2008 G8 Summits. From April 2008 until June 2010 he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources, Department of Foreign Affairs and served as a member of DFAIT’s Executive Council.

Michael Small earned an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1978, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1980 and a M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in 1981. From 2003-2004 he was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is the author of “The Forgotten Peace: Mediation at Niagara Falls, 1914”, published by the University of Ottawa Press in 2009.

His spouse is Denise Jacques.



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