Honorary Degrees

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Name: Deborah Chatsis
Convocation date: June 2, 2015
Citation / biographical information:

Ms. Deborah Chatsis is a proud graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (LLB, 1986; BSc [Mechanical Engineering], 1983). Ms. Chatsis also has an LLM [International Law] from the University of Ottawa (1998) and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University (2007). Ms. Deborah Chatsis has had a long and varied career in Ottawa and abroad as a member of Canada’s Foreign Service.

Ms. Chatsis is originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she graduated from St. Mary’s High School. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, Ms. Chatsis moved to Trois Rivières, Québec, to study French and then to Ottawa to work as a law clerk with the Appeal Division of the Federal Court of Canada.

Ms. Chatsis joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) in 1989. Since that time, she has served in Beijing, Bogotá, Miami, Geneva, New York City and Hanoi. She served as Canada’s Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from September 2010 to August 2013. At Headquarters she has served with the Legal Operations and Human Rights divisions, as executive assistant to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and, most recently, the Executive Director for South Asia Relations. Ms. Chatsis also served on secondment to Indian Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada as senior adviser, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the Privy Council Office as senior adviser, Social Policy Development Secretariat.

Ms. Chatsis received a Fulbright scholarship to attend Harvard University in 2006-2007. She also received an award from the Treasury Board and the Professional Association for Foreign Service Officers for her work on the Ottawa Landmines Treaty in 1998.

Ms. Chatsis is a member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Dean Beth Bilson

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