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Don Stephenson

Contract Instructor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Don Stephenson joined the federal Public Service in 1981 and served at the Department of Communications as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister, Director of the Arts Policy Division, Director of the Cultural Initiatives Program, and as Cultural Policy Adviser to the Minister of Communications. He subsequently served as Director of Executive Services and of Communications at Consumer and Corporate Affairs; as Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Industry Canada; as Director General, Economic Policy at Western Economic Diversification; as Director General, Cultural Industries at Heritage Canada; and, from September 2000 to October 2002, as Director General, Trade Policy Bureau II at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Stephenson served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Economic and Regional Development Policy, Privy Council Office. In August 2004, he was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Office of the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization, in Geneva, where he served for two years as Chairman of the Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations, a central component of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations.

Mr. Stephenson held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations, from September 2008 until his retirement in September 2011. He continues to serve as Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and lectures at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law.