Don Stephenson served in the federal Public Service from 1981 to 2011. During his three decade career, he worked in communications, economic policy, and trade policy for Industry Canada, Heritage Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
In August 2004, Mr. Stephenson was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Office of the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization, in Geneva, where he served for two years as Chairman of the Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations, a central component of the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Mr. Stephenson’s went on to hold the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations, from September 2008 until his retirement in September 2011.
Since retirement from the public service he has served as Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and he has lectured at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs and at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, in Ottawa.
Mr. Stephenson is married to Jocelyne Béland. They have two children and two grandchildren.