During his 38 year Public Service career, BOB FOWLER was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner and Mulroney, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to Italy and the 3 Rome-Based UN Food Agencies, Sherpa for the Kananaskis G8 Summit and the Personal Representative for Africa of Prime Ministers Chrétien, Martin and Harper. Mr. Fowler retired in the fall of 2006, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In July 2008, the UN Secretary General appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger. Mr. Fowler was captured by al Qaeda in December 2008, and held hostage in the Sahara for 130 days.
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