Speaker Profiles

William Crosbie

William Crosbie

Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan


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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