Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion today announced that Deborah Lyons will succeed Vivian Bercovici as Canada’s ambassador to Israel.
Lyons, Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan from 2013 until now, is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and joined the federal public service in 1983 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999. During her tenure in Afghanistan, economic development and women’s rights were at the forefront of her agenda.
Bercovici, a lawyer and former Toronto Star columnist appointed ambassador to Israel in 2014 has announced she will remain in Israel for personal and professional reasons.
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, issued a statement today congratulating Lyons and thanking Bercovici.
“We extend our warmest wishes to Ambassador Lyons on her appointment to this important diplomatic role, the next chapter in her distinguished career in Canada’s foreign service. We look forward to working with Ambassador Lyons to further strengthen the bond between Canada and Israel to the benefit of both thriving democracies.
“I thank outgoing Ambassador Vivian Bercovici for her work to strengthen the Canada-Israel relationship. Shared values make our two countries natural friends, but it is through the work of dedicated members of our foreign service that our friendship manifests itself in co-operation and trade.”