Ambassador H.E. Deborah A. Lyons


Deborah Lyons joined the Department of Global Affairs Canada in 1999 and was immediately posted to Tokyo as Commercial Counsellor for Canada’s high-tech industries. After serving in Japan for 5 years, she returned to the departmental headquarters in Ottawa where she held a number of key positions; Director, International Finance; Director-General, North America Commercial Affairs; and Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy and Planning and Chief Strategist.  In 2010, Ms Lyons was appointed as Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.  In 2013, Governor General David Johnston appointed Ms. Lyons as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, initially for 1 year; however, given the importance of the work Ambassador Lyons served a total of 3 years. Then in 2016, Governor General Johnston appointed Ambassador Lyons as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Israel. Ambassador Lyons formally presented her credentials to President Rivlin on December 12, 2016.

Ambassador Lyons was recently recognized for her work in Afghanistan by the Community of Democracies at their September meeting during UNGA.  The Community of Democracies awarded Ambassador Lyons the Mark Palmer Prize for 2016.  The Mark Palmer Prize is conferred by the non-governmental International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies to a Diplomat who has employed bold and effective means to encourage states and assist civil societies to advance democracy and human rights.

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Ambassador Lyons held positions of increasing responsibility with the Department of Natural Resources, Privy Council Office, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Before joining the world of government, Ms. Lyons was a small business owner of a national energy consulting company and owned and managed an outdoor recreation centre.

Ambassador Lyons is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (and a recent honorary degree recipient). In 1993 Ambassador Lyons took part in a year-long study program at Canada’s National Defence College.

Ambassador Lyons has a large and extended family and a wonderful daughter, Tessa, who works in California at Facebook.

Ambassador H.E. Deborah A. Lyons