Raymond Chrétien, OC (born May 20, 1942) is a Canadian lawyer and diplomat. He has served as Canada's ambassador to the United States from 1994-2000. His uncle is former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Chrétien during a discussion in 2014
|Born||May 20, 1942|
Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
|Relatives||Jean Chrétien (uncle)|
He holds many honors and titles, including Officer of the Order of Canada, Commander in the Legion of Honour (France) and Officer of the Order of the Aztec Eagle.
After being admitted to the Quebec Bar, Chrétien entered the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1966.
His positions include:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire): 1978–1981
- Mexico: 1985–1988
- Belgium: 1991–1994
- United States: 1994–2000
- France: 2000–2003
From 1988 to 1991, Chrétien was an associate in the office of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In 1996, he was named Special Envoy to the U.N. for the Great Lakes and Central Africa.
In 2004, he joined the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and in December 2005, joined the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Since April 2004, he is Chairman of the board of the Centre for International Studies of the Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.