Joseph Caron new Canadian envoy to India

September 6th, 2008 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Sep 6 (IANS) Canada has appointed Joseph Caron its new high commissioner to India. He succeeds David Malone.A Canadian government statement Friday said Caron will concurrently serve as ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan.

A career diplomat, Caron joined the Trade Commissioner Service in 1972, and served in Saigon and Ankara. In 1975, he began Japanese language studies and subsequently served three times at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, including as minister and head of chancery.

During the 1980s, he undertook private-sector assignments involving China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.

In Ottawa, he has held several positions related to Asian and international economic affairs, including the G7 summit. In 1998, he became assistant deputy minister for Asia Pacific and Africa, and served as Canada’s senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Until 2005, Caron served as Canada’s ambassador to China, with concurrent accreditation to North Korea and Mongolia, and was ambassador to Japan until this summer.

In 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Meiji Gakuin University in Japan. He is married to Kumru Caron and they have three children.

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