Lilian Chatterjee

Lilian Chatterjee

Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana; Ambassador to Suriname; Ambassador to CARICOM, Global Affairs Canada

Lilian Chatterjee started her career as a journalist based in New Delhi, reporting for The Globe and Mail. She also worked as press secretary to the speaker of the House of Commons and to Jean Chrétien when he was leader of the opposition.

Lilian has had a lengthy career in international development, having worked for many Canadian and international NGOs, including the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, U.K. She joined the Canadian International Development Agency in 2003 where she held several senior executive positions as director general for the Canadian partnership branch, communications branch and strategic policy branch where she organized Canada’s 2010 G8 Development Ministers’ meeting, which led to the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

At Global Affairs Canada, Lilian held several senior executive positions, most recently as director general for strategic integration in the Europe, Middle East and Maghreb branch before her appointment as Canada’s high commissioner to Guyana, with concurrent accreditation as ambassador to Suriname and ambassador to CARICOM.

Lilian Chatterjee holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.  She will speak from the Pennecon Stage on June 19.