Carolyn McAskie

Carolyn McAskie
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Born (1946-12-15) 15 December 1946 (age 71)
Years active1975-

Carolyn McAskie OC (born 15 December 1946) is a Canadian diplomat and former assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping at the United Nations. She was the head of the United Nations mission to Burundi (ONUB) in 2004, making her the first Canadian to lead a United Nations peacekeeping mission following the UN's switch to complex missions.


McAskie was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She entered the Canadian Civil Service in 1968.[1]

From 1975–1980, McAskie served as Assistant Director of Finance and Personnel at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.[1]

Her first major role with the government of Canada was as Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in 1983.[2] In 1985, she participated in the World Conference on Women. In 1993, McAskie began working at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).[3] She served as Vice-President for African and the Middle Eastern programs, as well as Vice-President for CIDA's multilateral programs.[4]

As of 2018, McAskie is a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.[5] She was also a director for CANADEM,[4] and a director of Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.[6]

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