Ambassador René Cremonese
René Cremonese (BA [Political Science], University of British Columbia, 1982; Certificate of French Studies, University of Strasbourg, 1983; MA [Political Studies], Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, 1985) began his career with the Department of External Affairs in 1987 as a liaison officer in the Summits Management Office. Since then, Mr. Cremonese has held a variety of positions within the department, with a particular focus on the Asian and Oceania regions.
In Ottawa, Mr. Cremonese has held several positions, including Departmental Policy Adviser in the Office of the Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), Director of the Outreach Programs and E-Communications Division, Manager of the Outreach and Communications Team in the G-8 and G-20 Summits Policy Division, Director of the Planning, Advocacy and Innovation Division and Deputy Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Client Relations and IT Governance Division.
Abroad, Mr. Cremonese has served as Second Secretary (Political) in Manila, Counsellor (Political) in Jakarta and Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra. He served as High Commissioner of Canada to Cameroon and Ambassador of Canada to Gabon and to the Central African Republic from 2014-2017.
Mr. Cremonese is married to Mary Jean Comfort. They have two children, Elena and Marc.
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