Jeremy K. B. Kinsman ’63
Former Canadian Foreign Service Officer
Jeremy K. B. Kinsman was a Canadian foreign service officer for 40 years. He served as Canadian Ambassador to Russia (1992-1996), Italy (1996-2000), High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2000–2002) and Ambassador to the European Union (2002–2006). He had earlier been Minister in New York (UN) and Washington, and Political Director of the Foreign Ministry.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Kinsman graduated from Princeton University in 1963 and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris in 1965. After leaving Public Service in 2006, he was Diplomat-in-Residence for the 2007-08 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School which partnered in the democracy support project Kinsman headed under the Community of Democracies producing a field guide for democracy support, "A Diplomat's Handbook for Democracy Development", now in a Third Edition, published by CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation) in 2013.
In 2009 Kinsman was appointed Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and joined Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies as Resident International Scholar. Since 2011, he has been concurrently Distinguished Diplomatic Visitor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Council of Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau. A regular contributor to media, he is foreign affairs writer for Policy Magazine and does a weekly commentary on foreign affairs for CTV.