Jean Gauthier

Director, James Bay Resources Limited and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce

Director, James Bay Resources Limited
Secretary-Treasurer of the Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce
Former President & CEO of the Canadian Council on Africa
Former Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria
2005 PAFSO Award RecipientIn November 2016, Mr. Gauthier resigned for health reasons from the Canadian Council on Africa where he was President and CEO of the corporation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion of trade and economic relations between Canada and the African continent. He had been appointed President and CEO in October 2013.
From September 2009 to August 2012, Mr. Gauthier served as the first Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria with responsibilities for the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos and as Senior Regional Trade Commissioner for Nigeria and Central Africa. From May 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Gauthier was Deputy Director for the African Great Lakes Region, Central Africa and Nigeria at the department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, where he had special responsibilities for coordinating Canada’s bilateral relations with Nigeria. This role was in addition to the responsibilities he took on in 2003 as Deputy to Canada’s Special Envoy and Ambassador for the African Great Lakes Region. Mr. Gauthier has also had previous overseas assignments in Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen where political developments, trade relations, and oil policies were his daily focus. He received in June 2005, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers award in recognition of the dedication and commitment that characterized his long and successful career in the Foreign Service.

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