Canada Appoints New Ambassador

Canada has appointed David Sproule as its new ambassador to Libya, replacing Colin Townson.

Sproule began his career as a foreign service officer with the Department of External Affairs in 1981. Following his first posting abroad as third/second secretary in Singapore, Mr. Sproule held a number of positions, including first secretary in Bangkok and first secretary and counsellor in Washington, D.C.

From 1999 to 2004, he served as counsel and deputy agent for Canada before the International Court of Justice, in the case of Yugoslavia v. Canada (Legality of Use of Force). Mr. Sproule was first appointed as a head of mission in 2004, serving as high commissioner in Bangladesh, ambassador to Afghanistan, ambassador to Thailand, and most recently, ambassador to Norway.

At headquarters, Mr. Sproule’s assignments have included deputy director of the Economic Policy and Summits Division within the APEC Division and of the Human Rights Law Section in the Legal Affairs Bureau; director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division and of the United Nations, Human Rights and Economic Law Division; and deputy legal adviser and director general of the Legal Bureau.

Mr. Sproule has also held the position of director of the Asia Division at the Intelligence Assessments Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.

(Source: Govt of Canada)

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