The Ambassador of Canada Paula Caldwell St-Onge begins her mandate in Haiti

President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly and Ambassador of Canada Paula Caldwell St-Onge

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Mrs. Paula Caldwell St-Onge officially started her mandate as Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Haiti. She presented her credentials to the President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly in a formal ceremony today in Port - au-Prince.

"I am extremely pleased to represent Canada in Haiti. Canada has excellent relations with the Republic of Haiti and the Haitian people. Our historical ties are very close, warm, and built on geographic proximity and a common language. "We also have a fruitful political, cultural, and trade exchanges in several key sectors, notably through the contribution of the large Haitian community in the Canada", said Ambassador Caldwell St-Onge.

Ambassador Caldwell St-Onge also added: "Canada continues to play a leading role in support of Haiti and its people, especially following the 2010 earthquake. In addition to the Government of Canada, several provinces, municipalities, Canadian citizens and non-governmental organizations work with Haitians to meet the needs of the country. "One of my main priorities will be to continue this engagement, particularly by engaging with the private sector to contribute to the sustainable and long term development of Haiti", she continued.

Quick facts

Canada is a major donor in Haiti, where it provided more than 1.4 billion dollars in humanitarian and development assistance since 2006. Canada’s support to Haiti is based on the thematic priorities of the International Assistance Envelope, particularly sustainable economic growth, children and youth, and the strengthening of democratic and public institutions. Canada is also fully committed to the development of the Haitian National Police (HNP), notably to meet its training needs.

Ambassador Paula Caldwell St-Onge began her career in the Canadian public service in 1989 and has held positions in the Federal Environmental Assessment Agency, the Privy Council Office and Environment Canada, before becoming Director General of National Programs at Environment Canada.

Before beginning her mandate in Haiti, Ms. Caldwell St-Onge was Consul General of Canada in Dallas, United States, from 2010 to 2014. In 2005, she joined International Trade Canada, serving as Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo, Brazil, and then as Minister Counsellor (trade) at the Embassy of the Canada in Mexico City.

Ambassador Caldwell St-Onge is no stranger to Haiti, having spent part of her youth in Port -au-Prince, where her father was the representative of the Royal Bank of Canada in Haiti. She is married to Daniel St-Onge and the couple has a daughter.

Ms. Caldwell St-Onge succeeds Mr. Henri-Paul Normandin.

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