William Crosbie (BA [Political Science and History], Memorial University, 1978; LLB, Dalhousie University, 1982) served sequentially between 1987 and 1993 in the capacities of policy adviser, executive assistant and chief of staff to ministers with the portfolios of, respectively, Transport, International Trade, and finally Fisheries and Oceans and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In 1993, he joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade and served in a management capacity in various divisions responsible for the formulation and advocacy of Canadian trade policy, the negotiation of new trade agreements and the defence of Canadian policies before international tribunals. From 2000 to 2004, he served as minister-counsellor of economic and trade policy at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., and from September 2004 until October 2007 he continued work on North American issues as director general, North America. In the fall of 2007, he was appointed assistant deputy minister for the new Consular Services and Emergency Management Branch.
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