August 1, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the following diplomatic appointments:
Rachael Bedlington becomes Consul General in Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China).
Marc-André Fredette becomes Ambassador to the Republic of Mali.
Adrian Norfolk becomes Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
Biographical notes on the appointees follow.
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Rachael Bedlington (BA Joint Honours [East Asian Studies and Political Science], McGill University, 1990, Nanjing Normal University, 1992), joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1992. She has served abroad extensively in Asia, twice in China at the Embassy of Canada to China in Beijing, most recently as political counsellor, and as political counsellor in Kuala Lumpur and chargé d’affaires in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Ottawa, Ms. Bedlington has worked in divisions responsible for negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, for bilateral relations with India and on diplomatic assignments. In 2011, she became head of the Sudan and South Sudan Task Force, representing Canada at the Darfur Peace Agreement Implementation Follow-up Commission and serving as chair of the International Contact Group on Sudan and South Sudan. Starting in 2013 she served as executive director for Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs Policy within the newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Ms. Bedlington is married and has one son. Rachael Bedlington replaces Weldon Epp.
Marc-André Fredette (MA [Economics], University of Ottawa, 1977), joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1975 as an analyst. His 40-year career was spent almost entirely at CIDA and then at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Of his international development experience, half was in operational positions (including as director/head of cooperation for 11 country programs) and half in analytical positions (including Africa Chief Economist for Canadian development cooperation). In August 2013, he became senior director, Canadian Development Cooperation, in Mali (based in Bamako). He has three daughters. Marc-André Fredette replaces Louis de Lorimier.
Adrian Norfolk (BA [Geography], University of Victoria, 1977; BEd [Geography and Economics], University of London, U.K., 1978) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada as a foreign service officer in 1993 after a 14-year career with the World University Service of Canada (including postings in Nigeria, Malawi and Sri Lanka). In Ottawa, he served as deputy director with the Human Rights Division, director of the Policy and Advocacy Division of the Afghanistan Task Force, and special adviser with the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force. Abroad, Mr. Norfolk served as third, then second secretary at the Canadian mission in Malaysia (1995-98) and as counsellor (political) in both India (2004-08) and Afghanistan (2008-09). In 2011-12, Mr. Norfolk established and headed the Office of the Embassy of Canada in South Sudan. Since May 2014, Mr. Norfolk has been the coordinator of the Interdepartmental Task Force on International Critical Incidents. He is married to Ruth Norfolk. Adrian Norfolk replaces André Dubois.