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Raymond  Chrétien

Raymond Chrétien, O.C.

Partner Fasken
Canada and the United States have an interesting window to settle the softwood lumber dispute and facilitate the current negotiations to modernize NAFTA.
Language(s) Spanish, French, English
Office(s) Ottawa , Montreal

Raymond Chrétien is a seasoned diplomat and former Ambassador of Canada to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico, and the Congo. Today he is a partner and strategic advisor at Fasken.

Raymond Chrétien has extensive knowledge and high-level experience of the business community, international financing agencies, government affairs and international negotiations and trade agreements. His experience adds further value to the advice given to the firm’s clients, whether doing business in Canada or Canadian businesses expanding in the United States, Europe, South America and Africa.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Chrétien enjoyed a lengthy career as a federal public servant. He held several key positions in Ottawa with the Privy Council, the Treasury Board, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and as the Associate Under-Secretary of State for the Department of External Affairs and International Trade of Canada. As previously mentioned, he was assigned the most prestigious positions abroad in Canadian diplomacy.

Over the years, he has been honoured for his many accomplishments. In 2010, Mr. Chrétien was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He became a Commander in the Legion of Honour (France) in 2003, an Officer of the Order of the Aztec Eagle (Mexico) in 1989, after being admitted to the National Order of the Leopard (Zaire, now the Congo) in 1981.  He also holds honorary doctorates.

Mr. Chrétien has been working closely with the Quebec government for over two years. In October 2015, Mr. Chrétien was appointed emissary for the Government of Quebec in negotiations between Quebec, Canada, and the United States to install a pre-clearance zone at the Québec City airport and Montréal’s Central Station. In 2016, Mr. Chrétien was mandated to represent the province of Quebec during the softwood lumber negotiations currently underway between Canada and the United States. This mandate was extended and broadened in January 2018 to include the dispute on preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian and Quebec exports of uncoated groundwood paper. Mr. Chrétien has also been mandated in March 2018 to represent Quebec during negotiations on aluminium and steel trade agreements between Canada and the United States.

2016 Prix Emir Abdel-Kader Recipient of the Emir Abdel-Kader Award, for the promotion of living together and peaceful coexistence, on September 21, 2016, in Algeria
2002 State University of New York Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, conferred by the State University of New York to highlight Mr. Chrétien's outstanding support of the Canadian Studies activities at SUNY, 2002
Université Laval Doctorate in Law (honoris causa), conferred by the Université Laval of Québec City, 2001


  • LLL Laval University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • President, Member, International Mayors’ Observatory on Living Together 
  • Trilateral Commission 
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR) 
  • President, Comité des gouverneurs des corridors de commerce Québec-Canada-États-Unis of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) 
  • Honorary Member, Board of Directors, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM) 
  • Honorary Member of the Foundation IRCM (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal)
  • Certificate of Honorary Membership of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces, 1998

  • Member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society since 1996

Article Le Canada dans le monde d'hier à aujourd'hui
30th anniversary of the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR)
Numerous speeches, interviews and articles in national and international medias


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