Ruth Archibald retired from Global Affairs Canada after almost twenty-five years as a public servant. She represented Canada as High Commissioner to 14 Commonwealth countries based in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Pretoria, South Africa; and Bridgetown, Barbados. In Ottawa, she was principally involved in multilateral relations, negotiating norms and standards across a range of issues and institutions. She was the Department’s first Senior Coordinator, International Crime and Terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11 and Director General Global Issues which included Environment in the lead-up to Kyoto, the inaugural Arctic Council, negotiations at the United Nations Cairo and Beijing conferences, human rights, peacebuilding and democratic development. Before joining the department, she served as Chief of Staff to The Honourable Barbara McDougall at Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, Status of Women, Employment and Immigration and External Affairs, following a twenty-year career as a political organizer, principally in Ontario. She has a degree in Political Science and English from Memorial University of Newfoundland.