Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

May 13, 2008 11:08 ET

Ministers Bernier and Baird Appoint Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today announced the appointment of Michael Martin as Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change, effective immediately.

"Mr. Martin has had an extensive career with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, as well as with Environment Canada," said Minister Bernier. "His diplomatic experience will be an extraordinary asset in managing a major multilateral negotiation that is critical not only to Canada's national interest, but also to our country's international relations."

As climate change negotiations intensify, the government is committed to maintaining a strong presence in a number of international forums. Consistent, full-time representation will help Canada contribute positively to advancing this file, both domestically and internationally.

"Our government is committed to working actively and constructively within the United Nations process to achieve real global results," said Minister Baird. "The negotiations over the next two years will be important as we work toward a post-2012 international climate change agreement. I am confident that Michael Martin will make a significant contribution to advancing Canada's goals on climate change on the world stage."

The appointment of a senior assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada as Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change demonstrates the commitment of the government toward real global action on climate change.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Michael P. Martin (BA, University of Victoria, 1982, Graduate Fellow, Yale University, 1984) joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1984 and served abroad in Islamabad, Tokyo and as minister (commercial) and deputy head of mission in Beijing. In Ottawa, he served as assistant deputy minister for strategic policy, communications and corporate planning, director general of the Overseas Commercial Relations Bureau, director of the G8 Summit Policy Office for the 2002 Kananaskis G8 Summit and director of the International Economic Relations and Summits Division. Mr. Martin was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch at Environment Canada in May 2006.

Contact Information

  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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    or
    Environment Canada Media Relations Office
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008