M. Gordon Venner

Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy), Department of National Defence

Gordon Venner joined the Department of National Defence in July 2014. He is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy).

Prior to assuming his current duties, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, G8 Sous-Sherpa and APEC Senior Official, at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Previously, he held the following positions within the Government of Canada: Assistant Deputy Minister for the Middle East, Maghreb and Afghanistan in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy in the Privy Council Office; and Director General of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also served as Director of the International Economic Relations Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he was responsible for G8, APEC, and OECD issues.

From 2004 to 2006, he served as Canadian Ambassador to Iran. From 1996 to 2000 he was Counsellor at the Canadian Mission to the European Union.

Mr. Venner holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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