The Honorable Stéphane Dion | Prime Minister of Canada
Stéphane Dion is an eminent Canadian diplomat, civil servant and academic.
As Canada’s Ambassador to Germany and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe from 2017 to 2022, he helped deepen Canada’s relationship with Germany while advancing the interests of Canada throughout Europe, for the benefit of people on both sides of the Atlantic.
Prior to this role, he served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2017, where he championed Canadian leadership in the world, including the promotion of universal human rights, peace and stability efforts , the global climate challenge and Canada’s enduring commitment to multilateralism.
In 2006, he became Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, a position he held until 2008. Mr. Dion previously served as Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005, when he obtained which has been hailed as one of the greenest budgets. in Canadian history. In 2005, he chaired the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP11/MOP1), where he reconciled the divergent interests of member countries to effectively implement the Kyoto Protocol.
As minister responsible for official languages from 2001 to 2003, he developed and launched the Action Plan for Official Languages, which still serves as a reference today. As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs between 1996 and 2003 – longer than any other Canadian since Confederation – Mr. Dion played a key role in promoting Canadian unity.
He was first elected in 1996, representing Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, and was re-elected seven times in a row.
Before entering politics, Mr. Dion taught political science at the Université de Moncton in 1984, then at the Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1995. He is the author of numerous articles and scientific works on the public administration, organizational studies, political institutions and environmental policies. He also served on the external advisory board of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute from 2011 to 2015.
Born in Quebec, Mr. Dion studied at Laval University before obtaining a doctorate in sociology from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France. He also received an honorary doctorate from Carlos III University in Madrid.