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Biography

John Coleman

John Coleman has over 40 years of policy, program and negotiating experience in the Canadian government, in international organizations, in the not-for-profit sector, and in international development and public sector management consulting.

During his 30 years in the public service, Mr. Coleman occupied a variety of senior positions, including as an assistant deputy minister of Finance Canada, as the chair and CEO of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), as executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (in London, England). During his time at the CITT, he was chair of the Heads of Federal Agencies group and, as such, worked with the then heads of the Public Archives and the National Library. While in government, he worked outside Canada for nearly 10 years (IMF in Washington, DC, OECD in Paris, EBRD in London).

After Mr. Coleman left government in 1997, he worked as a principal with Sussex Circle, an Ottawa public policy consulting firm and then as vice-president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Since April 2005 when he left the AUCC, he has worked as an independent consultant and director. As a consultant, he has carried out projects for Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, CIDA, and the Nordic Development Fund, based in Helsinki, Finland. He is past president of the Canadian Club of Ottawa, a board member of Opera Lyra Ottawa, and a member of the board (and of the audit committee) of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, an international research centre affiliated with the World Bank and based in Aleppo, Syria.

Mr. Coleman lives in Meech Lake, Quebec with his wife, Margaret Duffett. They have three grown children. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Carleton University (MA, History). He is at ease in French as well as in his native English.