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Canadian Ambassador to France

Claude Laverdure

Canadian Ambassador to France
Canadian Ambassador
to France
Claude Laverdure

Claude Laverdure graduated from the Collège André-Grasset in Montreal in 1961 and from the Université de Montréal [political science] in 1965. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1965 and served in Brussels, Paris and Tunis. From 1986 to 1988, he was Ambassador to Haiti and, from 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to Zaire, with concurrent accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo. In 1998, he was named Ambassador to Belgium, with concurrent accreditation to Luxembourg; he was also the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for La Francophonie.

In Ottawa, he held a number of senior positions, including Federal Coordinator for La Francophonie; Director General of Human Resources; Assistant Deputy Minister, Africa and Middle East, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. From August 2000 to December 2003, he served at the Privy Council Office as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Foreign and Defence Policy). From September 2002 to December 2003 he also served as the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for the G8 Summit.

From November 2003 to September 2007, Mr. Laverdure was Ambassador of Canada to France.

He is married to Suzanne Bisson and they have three children.

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Date Modified:
2011-08-22