New top Cana­dian en­voy en­ters of­fice as tax talks beckon

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

Photo cour­tesy of the Cana­dian Trade Of­fice in Taipei (CTOT)

Mario Ste-Marie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Trade Of­fice in Taipei (CTOT).

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