Chris Alexander has held several high profile diplomatic positions, and has been commended for his unwavering leadership ability in the face of adversity. Through tireless efforts and diligent communications with civilians and local authoritative leaders, Alexander is accredited with stabilizing some of Afghanistan’s more volatile areas and providing a safer environment UN soldiers and civilians during operations in Afghanistan.
Alexander studied History and Politics at McGill University, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1989, and subsequently receiving his Masters in Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1991. Later that year Alexander began his career in the Canadian Foreign Service and was posted to the Canadian embassy in Russia in 1993. Alexander returned to Canada in 1996 and continued his work overseeing political and trade relationships in Eastern Europe; he later returned to the Moscow embassy in 2002 as the Minister Counsellor.
In 2003 Alexander became the first Canadian Ambassador posted to the Kabul embassy in Afghanistan, where he served for six years. Alexander’s actions during his time in Afghanistan were nothing short of exemplary; he quickly gained the respect of his fellow diplomats and local Afghan authorities. His clear understanding of the deep seeded conflict allowed him to focus the activities of the UN to better serve the Afghan people. Alexander also placed an emphasis on force protection, which contributed to the safety of Canadian and UN soldiers as well as civilians. Alexander summarized his experiences and insights gained from his term in Afghanistan in a book published in 2011 entitled “The Long Way Back: Afghanistan’s Quest for Peace”.
Alexander left the Foreign Service in 2009 to enter the world of politics as the Conservative candidate in the Ajax-Pickering riding, and in 2011 he was elected into office and appointed Secretary to the Minister of Defense. In 2013 he became the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, where he continues to emphasize long term, sustainable prosperity while strengthening the community and economy. Alexander has received recognition for his contributions in the form of awards such as the Atlantic Council of Canada Award and the Birchall Leadership Award, and was selected as one of Canada’s top 40 under 40 in 2006.