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Darren Schemmer is Executive Director of SFU International at Simon Fraser University. He recently returned to Vancouver after a 25-year career in international development and foreign affairs.
Mr. Schemmer joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1989, serving abroad in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Washington, D.C., U.S.A; Cairo, Egypt; and most recently Accra, Ghana where he was High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo. At headquarters he has served as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Cooperation; as Director General of Policy, Planning and Management for Americas Branch; as Director-General for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic and most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for Partnerships. He has also lived and worked in Haiti and Malawi with non-profit organizations.
Mr. Schemmer co-chairs the board of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and is on the boards of CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) and the Korle Bu Neuroscience Foundation. Multilingual, Mr. Schemmer holds a Baccalauréat en éducation from the Faculté Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta (1982), a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University (1999) and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (2002).