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Gordon Smith joins the G8 Research Group's Professional Advisory Council

February 14, 2002

The G8 Research Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Gordon Smith, Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria to its Professional Advisory Council.

Dr. Smith served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada and was the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the G7/G8 Summits from 1995 to 1997. He also occupied a number of other senior positions at the Deputy Minister and Ambassadorial level. One of his initiatives in Ottawa was the creation of the Global Issues Bureau in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Dr. Smith is Chairman of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as well as Chairman of the International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). He is also Director of the Canadian Global Change Program, chairs the board of the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies, and is a Senior Adviser to the Rector of The University for Peace in Costa Rica. Dr. Smith has a PhD in political science from MIT.

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