Robert Fowler (Canada)

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"During his 38-year public service career, Mr. Fowler was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Canadian Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Brian Mulroney. He was Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to the United Nations, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Ambassador to Italy and the three Rome-Based U.N. Food Agencies, and the Personal Representative for Africa of Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper. In 2005, he chaired Prime Minister Martin’s Special Advisory Team on Sudan. Mr. Fowler retired in the fall of 2006, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In July 2008, the U.N. Secretary General appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger. In 2011, Mr. Fowler wrote “A Season in Hell” in which he recounts his and his colleague, Louis Guay's, kidnapping by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and their 130 days of captivity in the Sahara Desert." [1]


  • Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board, Barrick Gold

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  1. Barrick Gold CSR, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2013.