Former Assistant Deputy Minister,
Asia and Africa and Chief Trade Commissioner, DFAIT
Former Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia
Kenneth Sunquist is a former senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Most recently, he was the assistant deputy minister for Asia and Africa, and Chief Trade Commissioner for Canada. His assignments at Foreign Affairs and International Trade headquarters have included director of the Export Information Division, director general of the Trade Communications Bureau, and assistant deputy minister of Global Operations. He has seen service abroad in Kingston, Belgrade, San Francisco, Seoul and, from 1994 to 1997, in Beijing where he was minister (Commercial/Economic) and acting ambassador, and from 1998-2001 as ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.
He is Vice Chair of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), and a member of the Board of the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. He holds a BAdmin from the University of Saskatchewan, a MPA from San Francisco and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. He is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) of the Conference Board and McMaster University. In 2013, he was awarded the University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Sunquist joined the CARE Canada Board in 2010 and has served as chair of the International Operations and Programs Committee and vice chair of the Board of Directors.