Raymond Chrétien

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Raymond Chrétien

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Chrétien during a discussion in 2014
Born (1942-05-20) May 20, 1942 (age 78)
OccupationLawyer, diplomat
Spouse(s)Kay Rousseau
RelativesJean Chrétien (uncle)

Raymond A. J. Chrétien, CC (born May 20, 1942) is a Canadian lawyer and diplomat. He served as Canada's ambassador to the United States from 1994–2000. His uncle is former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

He holds many honours and titles, including Officer of the Order of Canada, Commander in the Legion of Honour (France) and Officer of the Order of the Aztec Eagle.[1] In 2019 He was promoted within the Order of Canada to the highest grade of Companion by Governor General Julie Payette. This will give him the Post Nominal Letters "CC" for Life. [2]

Early years

Born and raised in Shawinigan, Quebec, Chrétien graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Séminaire de Joliette (now part of Cégep régional de Lanaudière) and then Laval University in Law.

Diplomatic career

After being admitted to the Quebec Bar, Chrétien entered the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1966.

His positions include:

From 1988 to 1991, Chrétien was an associate in the office of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In 1996, he was named Special Envoy to the U.N. for the Great Lakes and Central Africa.

Post-Government Career

In 2004, he joined the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and in December 2005, joined the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Since April 2004, he is Chairman of the board of the Centre for International Studies of the Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.[3]

He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.[4]


Chrétien is the nephew of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He is married to Kay Rousseau; they have two children--Caroline Chrétien and Louis-François Chrétien.

In addition to his native French, Chrétien is fluent in English and Spanish.

See also


  1. ^ "Raymond Chrétien, O.C. - Spanish-speaking Corporate/Commercial Strategic Advisor in Montréal | People | Fasken". www.fasken.com. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  2. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/order-of-canada-january-2020-1.5409261
  3. ^ Governor General announces 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada
  4. ^ http://www.trilateral.org/download/file/TC_%20list_5-12%20(2).pdf