André FrenetteDirector General


    Director General and Interim Commissioner General for Canada at the 2020 World Exposition in Dubai


    André Frenette currently serves as the Interim Commissioner General for Canada at the 2020 World Exposition in Dubai. He joined Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in 2012 as director general of communications. Subsequently, he served as director general of the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau and director general of the South America and Inter-American Affairs Bureau, where he oversaw the implementation of Canada’s political, trade and development agenda in the region.

    More recently, he served as Canada’s Ambassador to Haiti from 2017 to 2019. Prior to joining GAC, he served as director of international relations at the Department of Canadian Heritage, where he served two consecutive terms as chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture of the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C., and as chair of the Working Group on Cultural Diversity and Globalization of the International Network on Cultural Policy, whose work was related to UNESCO.

    While at Canadian Heritage, Mr. Frenette served as Canada’s Deputy Commissioner General at the 2005 World Exposition in Japan and Manager of Programming at the 2000 World Exposition in Germany. He earned a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication and is a graduate of the Department of National Defense’s National Security Program.