Mr Plunkett (BA [Political Science], University of British Columbia - 1975; M.A. [International Relations], University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands – 1979) was nominated Ambassador of Canada to the European Union on July 22, 2011.
He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1981 first as a Trade Policy Officer.
From 1987 to 1991, he was Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva.
In his work abroad, he was also Counsellor for Trade Policy at the Embassy of Canada in Washington from 1993 to 1997 and Minister-Counsellor (Economic) at the High Commission of Canada in the UK in London from 2002 to 2006.
In Ottawa, he was Deputy Director of the US Trade Policy Division from 1991 to 1993; Director of the European Union Division from 1998 to 2001; and Director General, Bilateral and Regional Trade Policy from 2006 to 2009.
Most recently, he was Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) and Chief Negotiator (Bilateral and Regional) Trade Policy and Negotiations from 2009 to 2011.
David Plunkett is married to Hettie Stevens and they have a son, Jesse.