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Canada names new Mexican ambassador

Pierre Alarie has previously worked in Mexico in the private sector

Canada’s new ambassador to Mexico is no stranger to Latin America.

The appointment of Pierre Alarie, who was worked in both Mexico and Chile, was announced yesterday by Canadian government officials. He replaces Sara Hradecky.

Alarie first joined the Canadian Department of External Affairs in 1982 and spent some time abroad, including a stint in Santiago, Chile, as first secretary. After that appointment he left government to join the private sector, where he held senior roles in two Canadian firms, aerospace company Bombardier Inc. and SNC-Lavalin, an engineering and construction services company.

The new ambassador subsequently served as managing director for Latin America of the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépot et Placement du Québec, a pension funds manager, before becoming the Bank of Nova Scotia’s country representative in Mexico from 1998 until 2004.

Since then he has worked with several Canadian firms, including Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, a manager of renewable energy power platforms, mostly hydroelectric, that operate in 13 electricity markets.

The Canadian government said Alarie’s experience in both public and private sectors “will help strengthen the Canada-Mexico partnership even further, bringing it to a new level.”

Both countries are each other’s third-largest trading partner, with bilateral trade totaling more than US $27 billion last year. Alarie’s role will be supporting the government’s pro-trade plan by helping Canadian businesses succeed in Mexico, said government officials in a prepared statement.

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