Alexandra Bugailiskis

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Alex Bugailiskis (2012)

Alexandra Bugailiskis (born January 9, 1956) is a Canadian diplomat. In October 2015 she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb. Subsequently she also assumed responsibility for the Arctic. Since 2011, Ms. Bugailiskis has concurrently been Chief Negotiator for the Canada-European Union Strategic Partnership Agreement. From September 2012 until October 2015 she served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Poland. In addition to her previous Head of Mission postings in Syria, Cyprus and Cuba, she has also served abroad in Ghana (with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Togo and Liberia), and in Guatemala (with accreditation to El Salvador).


Bugailiskis was born on January 9, 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs with a Master of Arts.

In 1990 Ms. Bugailiskis became the first recipient of the Canadian Foreign Service Officer of the Year Award for her contribution to the establishment of independence in Namibia. She was also the recipient of the 2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs Merit Award for organizing the 2001 Summit of the Americas, and the 2010 Clerk of Privy Council Commendation for Leadership on Haiti Post-earthquake reconstruction.

In 2002 she served as the Executive Director of the International Policy Framework Task Force at the Privy Council Office.

From April 2007 until August 2010 she served as Executive Coordinator for the Americas Strategy and as Assistant Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean. From September 2003 until September 2007 she was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cuba. She was formerly the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria and concurrently High Commissioner to Cyprus. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade she had previously served as Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean and Director for Central America and the Caribbean.

In 2010, she became executive coordinator for the Inter-American Development Bank Business Opportunities Task Force. That same year she joined the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University as a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Diplomat in Residence where she co-edited the 2011-12 Edition of Canada Among Nations - Canada and Mexico's Unfinished Agenda.

In September 2014, she successfully concluded the negotiations which culminated in the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Canada and the European Union.

In honour of Carleton University's 75th anniversary in 2017, Ms Bugailiskis was selected as one of the Faculty of Public Affairs most distinguished and inspiring alumni.


Ms Bugailiskis is a member of the Distinguished Advisory Council of NPSIA. She was previously a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Executive MBA (CEMBA) at the SGH-Warsaw School of Economics, and of the Board of Directors of FOCAL - The Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Dan Costello
Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, the Middle East and the Maghreb
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dan Costello
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Poland
Succeeded by
Stephen De Boer
Preceded by
Michael Small
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cuba
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Juneau
Preceded by
Norman Spector
High Commissioner to Cyprus
Succeeded by
Franco Pillarella
Preceded by
John McNee
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Syria
Succeeded by
Franco Pillarella