Robert Hage was 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 acting Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
He has written and commented on a range of subjects including energy issues, maritime boundaries, the Arctic, Canada-EU relations and indigenous concerns. Mr. Hage taught a course, Introduction to Modern Diplomacy, at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
During his career 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.
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 was called to the Alberta Bar. He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. He is married and has three daughters.