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Ambassador David Sproule

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Senior Arctic Official, Canada; Director General, Polar, Eurasian and European Affairs, Global Affairs Canada

    Full Biography

    David Sproule began his career as a Foreign Service officer with External Affairs Canada in 1981. Following his first posting as Third/Second Secretary in Singapore, Mr. Sproule held other positions in embassies abroad, including as First Secretary in Bangkok and Counsellor in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Sproule served as Counsel and Deputy Agent of Canada before the International Court of Justice, in the “Case Concerning the Legality of the Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Canada)”. He was first appointed as a Head of Mission in 2004, serving as High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He subsequently served as Head of Mission to the following countries: Ambassador to Afghanistan; Ambassador to Thailand; Ambassador to Norway; Ambassador to Libya; and Ambassador to Mongolia.

    In Ottawa, Mr. Sproule’s assignments have included Deputy Director of the Economic Policy and Summits Division; Deputy Director of the Human Rights Law Section; Director of the Asia Division at the Intelligence Assessments Secretariat of the Privy Council Office; Director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division; Director of the Human Rights, UN, and Economic Law Division; and, Director General of the Legal Bureau. Mr. Sproule has also led numerous Canadian delegations in negotiation of bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international legal instruments.

    Mr. Sproule took up his current position in August 2019. In this capacity, his areas of responsibility encompass policy development for Polar affairs, as well as bilateral and regional relations with Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the non-EU nations of the Western Balkans, Central Asia and the five Nordic countries.