Ambassador of Canada to Iraq
Ulric Shannon (BA Hons [History and Political Science], McGill University, 1997; MA [International Relations], Graduated Diploma in Security Studies, York University, 1998) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999. In Ottawa, he has served as director of the Media Relations Office. He also served as the regional Security and Peacekeeping Division and the Eastern and Southern Africa Division. Abroad, Mr Shannon has served as a political and public affairs officer in Cairo, senior political officer in Ramallah and first secretary in Islamabad. He was awarded the department’s foreign-language fellowship to pursue advanced studies in Arabic from 2012 to 2013, and during that time he also served as Canada’s first representative to the Syrian opposition. Since 2016 Mr Shannon has served as Consul General of Canada in Istanbul. Mr Shannon speaks four languages fluently French, English, Arabic, and Turkish.