Congratulations to alumnae Anne-Karine Asselin (LL.L. 1990) who becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Panama.
Anna-Karine Asselin (LLL [Civil Law], University of Ottawa, 1990; Barreau du Québec [Quebec Bar], 1991) worked in private practice as a lawyer prior to joining External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1994. At Headquarters, Ms. Asselin served in the Legal Bureau twice, in the Legal Operations Division (1995 to 1998) and in the UN, Criminal and Treaty Law Division (2002 to 2004). At the Privy Council Office, she served in the Machinery of Government Secretariat from 1998 to 2001. Ms. Asselin was posted to Canada’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna as counsellor and program manager (politico-military) from 2004 to 2008, where she led Canada’s chairmanship of the Forum for Security Co-operation in 2006. Upon her return to Ottawa, Ms. Asselin held management assignments as deputy director (Korean Peninsula Division) and deputy director (Inter-American Relations Division).
Most recently, Ms. Asselin served in the Canadian embassy in Brasilia as minister-counsellor and head of the political and public affairs section. Ms. Asselin and her spouse, Sanjay Vachali, have two children, Mikaëlle and Christophe. Ms. Asselin replaces Sylvia Cesaratto.
Source: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada