H. E. Lise Filiatrault
Ambassador, Embassy of Canada in Senegal
Ambassador Lise Filiatrault presented her credentials to the President of the Republic of Senegal in October 2016. She was named Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for la Francophonie by the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau in April 2017.
At headquarters, in Ottawa, Ambassador Filiatrault was Assistant Deputy Minister for Sub-Saharan Africa Branch from 2013 to 2016. Prior to this role, she was Director General for the Americans Bureau from 2010 to 2013 as well as Director General for the Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Bureau from 2009 to 2010. She held various positions with the Canadian International Development Agency, notably as Director for the Middle East program from 2005 to 2008.
Ambassador Filiatrault was posted from 1992 to 1994 to Georgetown, in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, from 1996 to 2000 in Santiago, in the Republic of Chile and from 2002 to 2005 in Havana, in the Republic of Cuba. Ambassador Filiatrault joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990 as a Foreign Service Officer. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, she worked in Cameroon with the Centre d’études et de coopération internationale (CECI) and with Crossroads International in the Montreal office.
Ambassador Filiatrault holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a graduate degree in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Ottawa.
Ambassador Filiatrault, and her partner Richard Boisvert, have two daughters.