A fireside chat with the High Commissioner of Canada on Canada-SA relations
- Speaker: Chris Cooter: Acting High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa
- Date: 10 June 2021
- Time: 17:30 South Africa Standard Time
- Platform: Microsoft Teams
About the speaker
b. New Westminster, B.C. (BA Honours [Political Science], University of Toronto, 1981; MA [Political Science], Columbia University, 1982; BCL, LLB [Common/Civil Law], McGill University, 1986)
Chris was called to the British Columbia bar in 1986, and practiced law at Campney & Murphy, before joining the federal government in 1989 as acting manager of lands for the British Columbia region of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.
In 1990, he joined External Affairs, serving in Ottawa as an officer in the legal, Europe, and policy planning bureaux, then as director of the Southeast Europe Division, director of the Policy Planning Division, director-general for Executive Management and Assignments, and director-general for the Amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. In the Privy Council Office, he worked in the Inter-Governmental Affairs Bureau.
In the 1990s, he served abroad as a political officer at Canada’s missions in Kenya and India, and as chargé d’affaires in Cambodia, and, later, as deputy permanent representative to NATO (2006-10), high commissioner to Nigeria, and permanent observer to ECOWAS (2010- 13), ambassador to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan (2016-19), and acting ambassador to the European Union (2019-20).