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Ava G. Yaskiel

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0000


Undergraduate studies, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School
Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada
Master of Laws, University of Cambridge
Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management
Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Experience

Since 2014
Global Head of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities, Norton Rose Fulbright

Since 1998
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Thao Pham

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:43:00 +0000


Master’s Degree, Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal
Bachelor of Science, Biology, McGill University

Professional Experience

Since March 2016
Senior Vice-President, Operations, Parks Canada

2014 - 2016
Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal Montréal Bridges Branch, Infrastructure Canada

2011 - 2013
Vice-President, Operations, Canada Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec

2008 - 2010
Vice-President, Operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Prime Minister announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:55:00 +0000

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Ava G. Yaskiel, currently Partner and Global Head of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities with Norton Rose Fulbright, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Finance, effective February 5, 2018.

Thao Pham, currently Senior Vice-President, Operations, Parks Canada, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Transport, effective November 20, 2017.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga Jr.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:18:00 +0000

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr.:

“It was with sadness that I learned today of the death of Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., the first Filipino-Canadian appointed to the Senate.

“Senator Enverga served Canadians long before his appointment to the Senate in 2012, and was the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the City of Toronto. He was a tireless advocate for the Filipino community and people with disabilities, and founder of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Louis Riel Day

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:01:00 +0000

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on Louis Riel Day:

“Today, we commemorate the life of Louis Riel, a fearless Métis leader, politician, and founder of the province of Manitoba.

“Louis Riel was a courageous and impassioned defender of minority rights and a key contributor to Canadian Confederation. Today, we celebrate a man who envisioned – and fought for – a more diverse and more inclusive country.

Canada bolsters peacekeeping and civilian protection measures

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:18:00 +0000

For decades, peacekeeping has helped provide protection to millions of vulnerable people affected by conflicts. However, the context for modern peace operations has changed. Today’s conflicts are intractable, more dangerous, and more complex. Given this new reality, we need to find new solutions. Canada is advancing innovative approaches to enhancing the protection of children, increasing the participation of women in peace operations, and providing the specialized capacities that the UN needs to deliver on their mandates.

Canadian contributions to United Nations peace support operations

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:25:00 +0000

Canada is a strong supporter of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and will continue to play an important role by contributing high-end capabilities and specialized training.

Today’s peacekeeping environment is more complex than ever before, and Canada firmly believes we need to do peacekeeping differently. That’s why we are focused on improving the effectiveness of UN missions, increasing the proportion of women deployed overseas, and empowering women in all aspects of peace and security.

The Elsie Initiative on Women in Peace Operations

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:27:00 +0000

Through our feminist foreign policy, Canada is demonstrating its deep commitment to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2242, which noted the substantial link between women’s meaningful involvement in peace operations and the achievement of long-term, sustainable peace. The resolution set targets to double the current rate of women’s participation of 3.7 percent of military peacekeepers and 9.5 percent of police peacekeepers by 2020.

Canadian police support for international peace operations and missions

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:29:00 +0000

Police have played a significant role in United Nations (UN) and international peace support operations since the early 1960s. Over time, the number of police has substantially increased and mandates have evolved from simple monitoring activities to direct support for implementation of the rule of law assistance in post-conflict stabilization, peacebuilding, and security sector reform. Since 1989, over 4,000 Canadian police officers have participated in over 66 operations. Police have become a prominent aspect of Canada’s support for UN peace operations throughout the last 10 years.

Women, peace and security

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:31:00 +0000

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by violent conflict. At the hands of armed groups and terrorists, women and girls are often subjected to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other forms of sexual violence. Survivors are left to deal with a lifetime of severe stigmatization, may be shunned by family and community members, and may face reprisals.