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Head Of Mission Profile

   

H.E. Gaston Barban High Commissioner of Canada

DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa

HE: Before my appointment to South Africa, I was the Chief Information Officer and Director General of the Information Management and Technology Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa, Canada. My last posting abroad was as Deputy High Commissioner to Canberra, Australia. 

DS: Most interesting place in South Africa

HE: I have yet to truly explore what South Africa has to offer, but I have found the Apartheid Museum to be my interesting place thus far

DS: Your impression about South Africa in 3 words

HE:  Interesting, contradictory and warm

DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit

HE:  Japan

DS: Most memorable appointment thus far

HE: Rome, Italy as it was my first overseas assignment and Italy is the country of my birth. The posting also coincided with the first four years of my marriage and saw the birth of our son.

DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far

HE:  Accreditation and access issues for Mr. Nelson Mandela’s memorial

DS: Favourite part of your own country

HE: The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI)

DS: Favourite place to visit elsewhere

HE:  Venice, Italy

DS: Favourite dish of your country

HE:  BBQ’ed cedar plank salmon, preceded by Malpeque oysters and PEI blue mussels

DS: Favourite dish of another country

HE: Vitello saltimbocca

DS: Favourite book

HE: “Monsignor Quixote” by Graham Green

DS: At the moment I am reading

HE: I have three books on the go: 1. “The Universe Within”, Neil Turok (a South African who is currently the director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada); 2. “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe and 3. “Marshall McLuhan”, Douglas Coupland

DS: I spend my leisure time

HE: Tennis, movies, reading

DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat

HE:  You are only as good as your network

 


 
 
 
 

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