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Frechette, Louise

Born: 1946 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Diplomat

1946 – Born on the 16th of July in Montreal.

1971 – Shortly after graduating with a degree in history from the Université de Montréal and from the College of Europe with a Masters Degree, Frechette joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs.

1978 – She was posted to the Canadian embassy in Athens before joining Canada’s UN delegation in Geneva.

1985 – At the age of 39, she was named Canada’s ambassador to Argentina.

1989 – She was sent on a secret mission to Cuba to lobby Fidel Castro to support the Gulf War.

1992 – She impressed Ottawa with her efforts and was named Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations.

1995 – She left the foreign service to become assistant deputy minister of finance in Ottawa.

1997 – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced a series of reforms at the world body, including the creation of the position of deputy secretary-general to handle many of the administrative responsibilities which had previously been the responsibility of the secretary-general.

1998 – She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

2005 – After being criticized by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker for failed management of the Iraq Oil-for-Food Program, Frechette announced her resignation.

2006 – In May, she is currently serving a two-year term at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, an international relations and policy think-tank, working on a major research project on nuclear energy and the world’s security.