Paul Heinbecker / @Paulheinbecker

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Paul Heinbecker is the inaugural director of the Centre for Global Relations, Governance and Policy at Wilfrid Laurier University and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo. These appointments follow a distinguished career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Heinbecker joined the Department of External Affairs in 1965, with postings abroad in Ankara and Stockholm, and in Paris with the Permanent Delegation of Canada to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In Ottawa, Mr. Heinbecker served, inter alia, as Director of the United States General Relations Division and as Chairman of the Policy Development Secretariat in External Affairs. From 1985 to 1989, he was Minister in Washington. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Heinbecker served as Prime Minister Mulroney's Chief Foreign Policy Advisor and speech writer and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy. In 1992, he was named Ambassador to Germany, where inter alia he promoted German investment in Canada. In 1996, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Global and Security Policy, and Political Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Mr. Heinbecker led the interdepartmental task force on Kosovo and helped to negotiate the end of that war. He was also head of the delegation for the negotiation of the Climate Change Convention in Kyoto. In the summer of 2000, Mr. Heinbecker was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, where he was a leading advocate for the creation of the International Criminal Court and a proponent of compromise on Iraq. Mr. Heinbecker received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from Waterloo Lutheran University in 1965, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the same institution in 1993. He was Alumnus of the Year at WLU in 2003.

Most Recent Posts

Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn

Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn

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May 30, 2014

Turkey is beginning to circle round a self-made vortex of authoritarian leadership, press control, human-rights abuses, creeping fundamentalism, and high-level corruption, says Paul Heinbecker.

Are the Liberal party’s calls for parliamentary oversight of Canada’s intelligence services warranted?

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February 6, 2014

Greater/better/more independent/more public oversight is certainly needed, the more so after the CSEC head and the National Security adviser revealed in Monday’s Senate testimony the extent to which government officials are prepared to play legal word games to explain away their behaviour. “Trust but verify,” as the supposed Russian proverb goes. But what is legal […]

Heinbecker: $5 billion later and 500,000 Haitians still live in tents. Why?

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January 23, 2012

Most fundamentally, because housing 500,000 people takes a long time. Think about how long it takes to build even a low cost a suburb in Canada, when conditions are extremely favourable. Then think about how much longer it would take if a major earthquake or flood intervened, and the administrative, decision-making infrastructure were decimated. Then […]