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Gilles Rivard

Rivard, Gilles

Mr. Rivard is born in Trois-Rivières, Québec. He has more than thirty years of experience in international relations, including almost 14 years abroad in Guinea, Costa Rica, Peru, Haïti (2) and at UN in New York.

From January to March of this year he served as a special advisor for Global Affairs Canada on peace operations in the context of the reengagement of Canada vis-à-vis United Nations.

Before his retirement in May 2015, M. Rivard co-chaired a board of promotions of high level executives aimed at creating a pool of future head of programs and ambassadors of Canada.

From January to September 2014, he took another assignment in Haiti as Canadian Head of Mission.

In April 2013 Mr. Rivard was appointed Assistant-Deputy Minister responsible for the amalgamation of former Canadian International Development Agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to create the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rivard was Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York City from November 1st, 2010 to October 2013.

From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Rivard was Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti where he had to face numerous crises, such as the terrible earthquake that killed almost 250,000 Haitians in 2010. In 2014, he was awarded Operational Service Medal « Humanitas » for the outstanding work made by the Canadian Mission following the crisis generated by the natural disaster.

At the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Mr. Rivard has held the positions of Program Director for Haïti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic; Director General of the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia programs; and Director General of policy, strategic planning and technical service for Africa. In 2004, he accepted an assignment in the Privy Council Office as Director of operations for the Global Affairs Secretariat. Upon his return to CIDA in 2005, he was appointed Vice-President, Europe, Maghreb and Middle East regions, and then in 2007 Vice-President, Americas Branch.

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06Aug2016

L'OCCAH est très heureux d'accueillir M. Gilles Rivard comme expert associé

L'OCCAH est très heureux d'accueillir M. Gilles Rivard comme expert associé

Experts associés: Gilles Rivard
M. Rivard possède plus de 30 années d’expérience en relations internationales dont approximativement 14 années vécues à l’étranger dans des pays comme la Guinée, le Costa Rica, le Pérou, Haïti ainsi qu’aux Nations Unies à New-York.
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