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Gitane De Silva

Alberta’s Senior Representative to the United States

Gitane De Silva serves as Alberta’s Senior Representative to the United States.  Prior to her current appointment, she served as Deputy Minister of Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations. Before joining the Alberta Civil Service, De Silva was Consul General of Canada in Chicago. As Canada’s representative in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, she worked to advance Canada’s political and economic interests, including trade and investment promotion. De Silva served for 12 years in Canada’s Foreign Service and, prior to her appointment as Consul General, held several roles at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (now Global Affairs Canada), including Director, Canada-US Advocacy and Mission Liaison, and director, US Transboundary Affairs. She also served as Counsellor (Environment & Fisheries) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and in the Canada-US Secretariat at the Privy Council Office. De Silva also served as Deputy Head of Agency at Status of Women Canada and Director General, APEC Women and the Economy Summit, where she worked on women’s economic empowerment and women in leadership. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.