Softwood lumber remains an explosive and complex issue that will necessitate careful and prudent negotiation and diplomacy.
With almost 38 years in federal public service, Raymond Chrétien has earned extensive experience in senior governmental affairs, international negotiations and trade agreements.
Raymond’s career in federal public service began in 1966, in the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Department of External Affairs and Department of Foreign Affairs. When he retired in 2004, Raymond had held key assignments in Ottawa with the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board and the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as appointments as Policy Director for Industry, Investments & Competition, Assistant Under-Secretary of Manufacturing, Technology & Transportation and Inspector General in the Department of External Affairs and International Trade.
Currently a Partner and Senior Advisor at Fasken Martineau, Raymond previously served as Canadian ambassador to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico and the Congo. Raymond’s experience within the international political context continues to allow him to provide critical and prescient advice to clients conducting business both in Canada and across the globe.
Since his retirement from politics, Raymond has frequently been called on to advise on governmental negotiations, most recently representing the Province of Québec with respect to the softwood lumber trade between Canada and the United States. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Raymond is the recipient of numerous international honours and awards.