Christopher Wilkie is Director General of the Trade Sectors Bureau at Global Affairs Canada, where his teams work with the private sector to provide strategic insight and guidance to Canada’s global network of Trade Commissioners.
Chris joined Global Affairs Canada’s predecessor, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in 2004. He has also worked at the Privy Council Office (PCO) and Industry Canada in Ottawa, for the OECD in Paris, and with business consulting firms in Canada and the UK.
Dr. Wilkie served as Canadian Ambassador to Morocco (with concurrent accreditation to Mauritania) from 2009-2012. Prior to this, he was lead negotiator for Canada’s Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) with China, new EU member-states, and other countries, and has represented Canada in senior capacities at the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD on trade, investment and related issues. In 2007, he led the team that developed Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy, and most recently served as Executive Director for US Transboundary Affairs, where among other responsibilities he led Government of Canada representation to the International Joint Commission (IJC).
Chris has a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, an MSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics, and a BA(Hons) in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and has published widely on trade, investment and international governance. He is married and has three children.