Danièle Ayotte brings more than 36 years of professional experience, much of it spent in international relations in the public sector, to her role on the CESO board.
Ms. Ayotte has worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) for more than 27 years. Prior to becoming Deputy Consul General to New York in September 2010, she served as Regional Executive Coordinator, Latin America and Caribbean, in Haiti, and as Director General, Secretariat for the Americas Strategy, in Ottawa. In both capacities, she played a key role in developing and implementing Canada’s enhanced engagement in the region.
Her Latin American and Caribbean experience includes as well postings in Peru and Costa Rica where she supported Canadian companies and business associations to access new markets and investment opportunities abroad in those countries as well as in Boliva, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. From Ottawa, she handled Canadian commercial relations with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. It is with no surprise then that she speaks Spanish. Her experience abroad includes living in Guinea too.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ayotte was often called upon to develop and implement innovative mandates. She opened new science and technology cooperation opportunities with Brazil, China and India; she also introduced a more inclusive stakeholder approach in Trade Policy by inviting many NGOs to participate. She gained strong experience in negotiation by participating in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). She acted as well as an official departmental spokesperson and represented DFATD on the Advisory Board of the Chaire Stephen Jarislowsky of Laval University.