Canada High Commissioner, Laurie Peters (BA [English Literature and French], Trent University, 1985) joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2011 as counsellor and head of public affairs at the Embassy of Canada to Japan, a position she held until 2015. During this time, she also served as a senior trade commissioner overseeing the international education and culture industry portfolios.
In her most recent work as executive director, public affairs, Ms. Peters has led the international dimension of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation for Global Affairs Canada. In this capacity, she established a team to advance a revitalized public diplomacy program and a strengthened global brand for Canada.
Before joining the department, Ms. Peters was the director of public affairs for Aga Khan Foundation Canada. She also worked with Canadian Heritage as the director of communications and public affairs for the Canada Pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. She spent most of her early career in various management roles at the National Capital Commission, including as director and chief spokesperson for strategic communications.