The mandate of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is to manage Canada's diplomatic and consular relations and to encourage the country's international trade. This includes:
You can access the entire formal mandate of the department in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act (R.S. 1985, c. E-22).
Our Priorities: 2010-2011
The Department's priorities include bringing greater economic opportunity for Canada, building on a comprehensive strategy for relations with the Americas as well as a global strategy for relations with the United States, asserting Canadian leadership in emerging global governance, Afghanistan and transforming the department.
For more information, please visite the page Our priorities.
The UK Government received a request for assistance from ECOWAS, to support the Head of the ECOWAS Security Division in Abuja, Nigeria, in assessing their role with regard to SSR issues and to begin the process to design a strategy to assist the implementation to this new role.
Given the support currently being provided by Canada to the Commission for Policies Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) within the ECOWAS Secretariat, both the UK and Canada jointly requested ISSAT to send a team to provide this support.
Aleisha Arnusch is a conflict analyst specializing in mediation, civil-military relations, and security sector reform. Currently, Ms. Arnusch is a Training Officer for the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). From 2006-2010, she was a Research Analyst at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), which included being the Lead Researcher on the Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform.
Ms. Arnusch holds an MA (with distinction) from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, with a focus on conflict analysis. She also holds two BA degrees (with honors) in international relations and psychology. In addition, she has completed post-graduate work in applied mediation.
Aleisha Arnusch offers academic expertise that is grounded in field experience. In 2008, Ms. Arnusch worked as a Civilian Advisor to NATO in the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) branch at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Afghanistan, as well as a Knowledge Manager on a civil-military project with NATO Allied Command Transformation. She has been a NATO consultant since 2007 on civil-military issues and has worked in the US, Portugal, Turkey, and the Netherlands on NATO courses, exercises, experiments, strategic assessments, and special projects. In 2009, she helped deliver a comprehensive training and capacity building program in Nairobi, Kenya, for personnel working in the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Ms. Arnusch has provided research services and strategic advice on policy, training, and business development, as well as developed course curriculum, facilitated training, conducted risk assessments, helped mediate conflicts, coordinated events, managed peer-reviewed publications, and led research projects for a variety of organizations, in both the private and public sectors.
Policy Advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada).
Natalie Caron is the Security System Reform Officer within the Stablization and Reconstruction Task Force at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Her field experience includes a 1 year deployment to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team as the Police Reform Programming Officer.
Foreign service officer with five years of experience with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Recognized skills in the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects funded through government grants and contributions in failed and fragile states. Praised for finding novel solutions to problems, being a positive force in a small team environment and facilitating the success of colleagues.
Terry has over 18 years of experience in Correctional Operations both domestically and internationally. As a current senior executive within the Pacific Region of the Correctional Service of Canada, Terry is currently the Warden of Mountain Institution located in Agassiz, British Columbia. Terry's international experience includes repatriation of offenders to Canada from within the Pacific Rim and most recently was the Director of Correctional Operations for the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2010. Terry has presented internationally in Vancouver Canada, Ghent Belgium and Kabul Afghanistan. Terry is currently completing his Masters in Human Security and Peace-building at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia Canada.