List of ambassadors of Canada to France

Philippe Roy Hector Fabre Georges Philias Vanier

The Canadian ambassador's official residence at 135 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris

List of ambassadors of Canada to France – the diplomatic mission of Canada to the French Republic is based at the Embassy of Canada in Paris. It is the second-oldest Canadian diplomatic post, the oldest being the Canadian High Commission in London. Technically, however, Paris is Canada's oldest foreign mission, since the diplomatic posting to London was not considered to be a "foreign" mission because Canada was a member of the British Empire.

The official residence of the Canadian ambassador is located at 135 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.[1] The building is known as the Hôtel de Rigny and was purchased by the Canadian government in 1950.


The mission in Paris was established in 1882, when Hector Fabre was sent to serve as an "Agent of the Dominion (of Canada)". He was accorded no formal diplomatic status, however, as Britain had not accorded Canada the right to establish formal diplomatic relations with foreign states.

In 1891, Fabre was succeeded by Senator Philippe Roy as Canada's Agent in France. Canada opened a formal legation in Paris in 1928, at which point Roy was accorded the title of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary and given diplomatic privileges.

George Philias Vanier was Minister and Head of Legation from 1939 to 1940 (he was concurrently Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom), and he was named Canada's first Ambassador to France in September 1944.[1]

List of envoys

Agent of the Dominion (of Canada) to France Start of Term End of Term
Hector Fabre 1882 1891
Philippe Roy 1891 1928
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (of Canada) to France Start of Term End of Term
Philippe Roy 1928 1938
Georges Philias Vanier 1939 1940
vacant during World War II 1940 1944
Ambassador Start of Term End of Term
Georges Philias Vanier 1944 1953
Jean Désy 1954 1957
Pierre Dupuy 1958 1963
Jules Léger 1964 1968
Paul Beaulieu 1968 1970
Léo Cadieux 1970 1975
Gérard Pelletier 1975 1981
Michel Dupuy 1981 1985
Lucien Bouchard 1985 1988
Claude Charland 1988 1992
Benoît Bouchard 1993 1996
Jacques Roy 1996 2000
Raymond Chrétien 2000 2003
Claude Laverdure 2003 2007
Marc Lortie 2007 2012
Lawrence Cannon 2012 2017
Isabelle Hudon
(as of November 6, 2017)[2]


  1. ^ The Official Residence - Embassy of Canada in France
  2. ^ "Order in Council 2017-1224". Privy Council Office. September 29, 2017.