Minister Plenipotentiary First Class Kareen
Rispal was named Ambassador of France in
Ottawa by decree of the President of the
Republic in 2017.

Holding a Master’s degree in Law and an
alumnus of the Institut d’études politiques and the École nationale d’administration, she joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986. She was an International and European Affairs Counselor working alongside the Minister for Industry and Regional Development.


From 1993 to 1997, she was head of the External and Commercial Relations Department of the Secretariat-General of the Interministerial Committee for European Economic Cooperation
before becoming the European Affairs Policy Officer at the Centre d’analyse et de prevision (CAP).


As Deputy Director of European Community Law and International Economic Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Legal Affairs Directorate from 1997 to 2000, she was then named First Counsellor at the Embassy of France in London.

In 2002, Rispal was chosen to lead the Minister Delegate for European Affairs’ staff. She was then named Deputy Director of European Cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006 she worked as the First Counsellor at France’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, then as Cultural Counsellor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of French universities in the United States.

From 2011 to 2014 she served as Director of
Sustainable Development and Public Affairs with the Lafarge Group. She served as Director for the Americas and the Caribbean from 2014 to 2017, Rispal is also the Senior Officer for Gender Equality with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Rispal is an Officer of the National Order of
Merit, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, and Chevalier of the Order of Agricultural Merit.

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