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Michael F. Kergin

Canada Institute

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Canada

Mr. Kergin began his career in the Public Service of the Government of Canada, when he joined the Department of External Affairs in 1967 as a Foreign Service Officer.  His postings abroad included the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York, and Canadian Embassies in Cameroon and Chile.  He served as Ambassador to Cuba from 1986 to 1989 and has had three postings to Washington; the last as Ambassador of Canada to the United States (2000 to 2005). During his years in Ottawa, Mr. Kergin held various senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs at the level of Assistant Deputy Minister until 1998, when the Prime Minister asked him to serve as his Foreign Policy Advisor, as well as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy (the equivalent to the National Security Advisor in the U.S. government.) Mr. Kergin is a Senior Advisor at the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP and a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. On leaving the Federal Government in 2005, he founded the firm Intermestic Consulting Inc., specializing in advising clients on Canada-US relations. Mr Kergin appears often on television and in the print media commenting on political and economic developments in the USA. Between 2010 and 2011, he served as the Canadian Commissioner on the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigating the coup in 2009 and recommending measures to ensure that such events would not re-occur.

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