Ambassador Nicolas Simard

Nicolas Simard (MA [Literary Studies], University of Quebec at Montréal, 2000) joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2004 through the Policy Leaders Program. At Headquarters, he worked on the development of the Fragile States Strategy, as well as on conflict prevention, peace and security issues. From 2008 to 2011, he was responsible for strategic planning for CIDA’s bilateral and regional programs in West and Central Africa and contributed to the Food security strategy.

At Canadian Heritage, from 2006 to 2008, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the International Strategic Framework for the department and its portfolio organizations, active in the fields of arts, heritage, audiovisual and human rights. He served abroad as counsellor and deputy director for development at the Canadian high commission in Dhaka from 2011 to 2014. Within the framework of the Local Consultative Group between the Government of Bangladesh and development partners, he was particularly involved in the field of public financial management and development effectiveness.

Most recently, from 2014 to 2017, he served as director of planning and evaluation and chief of staff in the Office of the Administrator of La Francophonie in Paris. In this capacity, he led the consultations and development of La Francophonie Strategic Framework and related four-year programming plan, adopted at the Summit of La Francophonie in Dakar in 2014, and contributed to the institutional reform and modernization of the Organization.

Nicolas Simard becomes Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo. He is married to Anu Maarit and they have two children, Laurie and Thomas. Mr. Simard replaces Ginette Martin.

Ambassador Nicolas Simard