New top Canadian envoy enters office as tax talks beckon
Canada’s new representative to Taiwan, Mario Ste-Marie, recently arrived in the country to assume the top envoy post, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
Christine Hsueh ( ), director general of MOFA’s Department of North American Affairs, said Ste-Marie arrived last Friday night to officially assume his post as executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).
The Canadian diplomat, whose most recent post was serving as consul general of Canada in Australia, has rich experience overseas, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, Hsueh noted.
MOFA welcomes the new Canadian representative, Hsueh said, adding that she hopes to further deepen bilateral relations with Canada during the new envoy’s tenure in Taipei.
According to Hsueh, bilateral relations between Taiwan and Canada have made big strides over the past few years as exemplified by the signing of visa waiver and youth working holiday programs in 2010; a new aviation pact in 2013 and Taiwan’s further liberalization of its previous ban on some Canadian beef products to allow bone-in beef imports in 2014.
Taiwan and Canada are currently in talks to seal a pact to avoid double taxation, she disclosed, adding that she hopes the agreement can be reached soon after the upcoming Canadian general election later this month.
The MOFA official said the Canadian envoy is scheduled to participate in the upcoming events to celebrate the R.O.C.’s 104th anniversary on Oct. 10, she noted.
Ste- Marie filled the vacancy following the departure of his predecessor Kathleen Mackay who left this August after serving in the post for three years.
Rich Experience in Public Service
According to CTOT, Ste-Marie has acquired broad experience in senior positions since he began public service in 1982.
He started as an economist with the Department of Agriculture in 1985 before he became executive secretary of the department and chief of staff of the minister of state in 1987.
In 1990, he transferred to the Department of External Affairs and International Trade to join the team of negotiators representing Canada in the multilateral trade negotiation of the GATT Uruguay round.
At the end of the negotiations he became director of economic policy with Canada Economic Development (for the Quebec Regions).
He joined Health Canada in 2001 as director-general with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, where he led the renewal of over 300 financial contributions agreement with the First Nations.
He moved to a cultural department two years later and became director-general, private collections, with the National Archives of Canada.
In 2005, he returned to the Department of External Affairs and International Trade as directorgeneral of the Invest in Canada Bureau, the Canadian foreign investment promotion organization.
In 2009, he moved to New Delhi for two years where he served as trade program manager for India.
Between 2011 and 2015 he served as consul general of Canada in Australia.
Mario Ste-Marie, executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).