Ambassador of Canada to Italy (CA)
Alexandra Bugailiskis (BA Hons, Carleton University, 1979; MA [International Affairs], Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, 1992) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982. She has served abroad as ambassador to Syria (1997 to 2000) and high commissioner to Cyprus (1998 to 2000), ambassador to Cuba (2003 to 2007) and Poland (2013 to 2015). In Ottawa, Ms. Bugailiskis has held a number of senior positions. She was director general of the Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau (2000 to 2002), executive director of the International Policy Framework Task Force in the Privy Council Office (2002 to 2003) and assistant deputy minister and executive coordinator of the Americas Strategy Secretariat (2007 to 2008). She also served as assistant deputy minister for Latin America and the Caribbean (2008 to 2010). In 2010, she became executive coordinator of the Inter-American Development Bank Business Opportunities Task Force and served concurrently as distinguished senior fellow and public servant in residence at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. In 2011, she began serving as the chief negotiator for the Canada-European Union Strategic Political Partnership Agreement, and in 2015, she added the role of assistant deputy minister for Europe, the Middle East, the Maghreb and Circumpolar Affairs. She is the recipient of awards for distinguished service for her work on Namibian independence, the Summit of the Americas, the response to the Haitian earthquake and, most recently, the settlement of Syrian refugees.
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