March 22, 2012 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
James Ian Burchett becomes Consul General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China), with concurrent accreditation as Consul General in the Macao Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China).
Chamber member Luigi La Tona of CBRE had this to say, “I recently met Mr. Burchett and he is excited about coming to Hong Kong – and cheering on the Jets. His straight talk and and broad experience will make him a great match for Hong Kong.”
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James Ian Burchett (BA Honours [Political Science], Queen’s University, 1982; MA [Public Administration], Carleton University, 1985). Prior to joining External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990, he worked as a legislative assistant to a member of parliament, as an Interchange Canada officer with the Public Service Commission, and as a commerce officer in Industry Canada’s Service Industries Bureau.
Mr. Burchett has served abroad as trade commissioner in Kingston, head of the Investment Promotion Program at the Canadian consulate general in New York City, counsellor (public and cultural affairs) at the Canadian embassy in Beijing, and most recently minister-counsellor (congressional and legal affairs) and deputy head of the Washington Secretariat at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. He also opened the Canadian consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.
At Headquarters, he has worked in divisions responsible for further advancing Canadian trade and economic interests with the Middle East and Gulf states, China, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea. He also served as director of the Media Relations Office and director general of the Communications Bureau (Foreign Affairs).
In 1994, he received the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers award. He has also received the Public Service Award of Excellence for support to the Government of Canada’s response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and for the Canadian response to consular emergencies in 2009. Mr. Burchett succeeds Doreen Steidle.
Ian Burchett …on LinkedIn here.