Western Economics alum, Stephanie Duhaime (B.A. Economics and BESc, 2003), was appointed as the charge d’affaires of Canada’s newly created diplomatic mission in Iraq on April 1, 2013. Joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Afghanistan’s Operations Officer in 2005, her efforts earned a great deal of attention within the international community. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who announced her new role, has claimed that Canadian relations with Iraq are important as the country has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. For further information, see Alumni News.