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Robert Hage was a Canadian diplomat with the Department of Global Affairs for 38 years and served as Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary and Slovenia, as Director General for Europe and Director General for Legal Affairs. He also served in Canada’s embassies in Washington, Lagos and Paris, as Deputy Head of the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels and, in early 2012, acting Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

He was also Director of four divisions including International Financial and Investment Affairs and relations with the European Union; Principal Counsel for the Canada-USA Free Trade Agreement; Counsel on the Environmental Side Agreement to NAFTA and a representative for Canada at the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.   He has written and commented on a range of subjects including West Coast energy issues, maritime boundaries and Canada-EU relations.  Mr. Hage teaches a course on Modern Diplomacy at the University of Ottawa’s graduate school.

Mr. Hage was born in Calgary, Alberta and received his early education there.  He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and obtained law degrees from the University of Toronto (LL.B) and University College London (LL.M) and is called to the Alberta Bar.  He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.  He is married and has three daughters.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY ROBERT HAGE

Canada-EU Foundations: Past, Present, Future
Canada and the European Union: A New Transatlantic Alliance
The United States: Its Multilateral Challenges and China’s Threat

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