Raymond Chretien

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(lawyer, diplomat)
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BornMay 20, 1942
Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Alma materLaval University
SpouseKay Rousseau
Member ofTrilateral Commission
RelativesJean Chrétien

Raymond A. J. Chrétien is a Canadian lawyer and diplomat. He served as Canada's ambassador to the United States from 1994–2000. His uncle Jean Chrétien, was the 20th prime minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003.

He attended the 1998 Bilderberg as Canadian Ambassador to the US. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.[1]

Early years

Born and raised in Shawinigan, Quebec, Chrétien graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Séminaire de Joliette (now part of Cégep régional de Lanaudière) and then Laval University in Law.

Diplomatic career

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:

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.

Post-Government Career

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.[2]

Since 2006, he has also been Chairman of the Board of the World Health Executive Forum.[3]


Chrétien is the nephew of former prime minister Jean Chrétien. He is married to Kay Rousseau; they have two children—Caroline Chrétien and Louis-François Chrétien.

In addition to his native French, Chrétien is fluent in English and Spanish.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
The 46th Bilderberg meeting, held in Scotland, chaired by Peter Carrington


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