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Len Edwards

Former Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Japan

Len Edwards is a strategic adviser in Gowlings' Ottawa office. Len has extensive international experience in the areas of international commerce, trade policy and political affairs, and in dealing with foreign environments, particularly in the Asia-Pacific. Len has an impressive career in the public sector including most recently as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the same time period, he acted as the Prime Minister's personal representative for the G-20 and G-8 Summits. Prior to this position, Len was the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, the Deputy Minister of International Trade. Concurrently, he was Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commissioner of the Northern Pipeline Agency, and a Director of Export Development Canada. Len was also the Assistant Deputy Minister, Asia and Pacific and Canada’s senior official to the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC) organization. He was the Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea as well as the Canadian Ambassador to Japan. Over the years, Len's also held additional key foreign positions representing Canada in Geneva, Brussels (a NATO position), Turkey, and Vietnam. He is named a 2013 Mentor by the Trudeau Foundation.

Most Recent Posts

Meet Indonesia: The engine that powers Southeast Asia

Meet Indonesia: The engine that powers Southeast Asia

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July 11, 2016

With huge land
masses and a large, young, politically and digitally engaged population,
Indonesia is a country to watch. Canada’s former
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Len Edwards,
gives four big
ideas for more ambitious Canadian-Indonesian relations. 

Making FTAs work: The Canada-Korea example

Making FTAs work: The Canada-Korea example

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September 28, 2015

Signing a Free Trade Agreement does not guarantee opportunities fall into place. The Canada-Korea partnership — designated “strategic” — requires innovation, not complacency.