Alexandra Bugailiskis

Master of Arts Cuba Poland

Alexandra Bugailiskis
Bugailiskis in front of green foliage
Bugailiskis in 2012
24th Canadian Ambassador to Italy
Assumed office
August 2017
Personal details
Born (1956-01-09) January 9, 1956 (age 64)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Alma materCarleton University (BA Hons) Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA Hons)
OccupationDiplomat

Alexandra Bugailiskis (born January 9, 1956) is a Canadian diplomat. In August 2017 she was appointed Canadian Ambassador to the Italian Republic, as well as Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino and to the Republic of Albania as well as High Commissioner to Malta.

From October 2015 she served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb for Global Affairs Canada. Subsequently she also assumed responsibility for the Arctic. Since 2011, Ms. Bugailiskis has concurrently been Chief Negotiator for the Canada-European Union Strategic Partnership Agreement. From September 2012 until October 2015 she served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Poland. In addition to her previous Head of Mission postings in Syria, Cyprus and Cuba, she has also served abroad in Ghana (with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Togo and Liberia), and in Guatemala (with accreditation to El Salvador).

Biography

Bugailiskis was born on January 9, 1956, in Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs with a Master of Arts.

In 1990 Ms. Bugailiskis became the first recipient of the Canadian Foreign Service Officer of the Year Award for her contribution to the establishment of independence in Namibia. She was also the recipient of the 2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs Merit Award for organizing the 2001 Summit of the Americas, and the 2010 Clerk of Privy Council Commendation for Leadership on Haiti Post-earthquake reconstruction.

In 2002 she served as the Executive Director of the International Policy Framework Task Force at the Privy Council Office.

From April 2007 until August 2010 she served as Executive Coordinator for the Americas Strategy and as Assistant Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean. From September 2003 until September 2007 she was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cuba. She was formerly the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria and concurrently High Commissioner to Cyprus. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade she had previously served as Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean and Director for Central America and the Caribbean.

In 2010, she became executive coordinator for the Inter-American Development Bank Business Opportunities Task Force. That same year she joined the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University as a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Diplomat in Residence where she co-edited the 2011–12 edition of Canada Among Nations, "Canada and Mexico's Unfinished Agenda".

In September 2014, she successfully concluded the negotiations which culminated in the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Canada and the European Union in October 2016 and came into provisional application on April 1, 2017.

As ADM for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb she was closely engaged in the resettlement of 40,000 Syrian refugees in Canada and authored a $1.6 billion three year strategy for Iraq and Syria.

In honour of Carleton University's 75th anniversary in 2017, Ms Bugailiskis was selected as one of the Faculty of Public Affairs most distinguished and inspiring alumni.

Memberships

Ms Bugailiskis is a member of the Distinguished Advisory Council of NPSIA. She was previously a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Executive MBA (CEMBA) at the SGH-Warsaw School of Economics, and of the Board of Directors of FOCAL, The Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Albania
2018-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Italy
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
High Commissioner to Malta
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to San Marino
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Permanent Representative to the World Food Programme
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Peter McGovern
Permanent Representative to the International Fund for Agricultural Development
2017-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dan Costello
Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb
2015-2017
Succeeded by
Stefanie Beck
Preceded by
Dan Costello
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Poland
2012-2015
Succeeded by
Stephen De Boer
Preceded by
Michael Small
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cuba
2003-2007
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Juneau
Preceded by
Norman Spector
High Commissioner to Cyprus
1998-2000
Succeeded by
Franco Pillarella
Preceded by
John McNee
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria
1997-2000
Succeeded by
Franco Pillarella