A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Senior Advisor and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
A member of the Department of National Defence’s Defence Advisory Board, Robertson is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. Robertson is a member of the North American Forum and the Alphen Group and on the advisory councils of Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, North American Research Partnership, and the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa Institute.
During his foreign service career, he served as first Head of the Advocacy Secretariat and Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Consul General in Los Angeles, as Consul in Hong Kong, and in New York at the UN and Consulate General. A member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-US FTA and then the NAFTA, he is a member of the Deputy Minister of International Trade’s Trade Advisory Council.
A frequent contributor to the media, The Hill Times has named him as one of those that influence Canadian foreign policy.