With CAPI from July, 2002 - Present
Accreditations: BA (UVic), MLitt (Aberdeen), MSc (London)
A graduate of the University of Victoria, Nicholas Etheridge joined External Affairs (now DFAIT) in 1967. His career has taken him to Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, and involved him in both bilateral and multilateral work, usually of a political and security nature. His Asia-Pacific assignments have spanned Australia, Indochina and Bangladesh, where he was High Commissioner from 1996-9.
His areas of expertise include: Foreign Policy Formulation in DFAIT, and in the Federal Government more widely; security policy; and development and governance.
From 1986-9 he was Director of Policy Planning for the Federal Government in Canada and has been part of two foreign policy review processes (1987, 2001). As with all Foreign Service Officers, he is familiar with the policy interface between Ottawa and posts abroad.
Nicholas Etheridge followed Asia-Pacific security issues closely both at headquarters and at postings such as Canberra (where he was Deputy High Commissioner from 1990-92), Hanoi/Saigon (1972-3), Phnom Penh (1993) and Dhaka (where he served as High Commissioner from 1996-9). As Director of Defence Relations in Ottawa (2001-2) he was responsible for diplomatic aspects of Operation Apollo, Canada's contribution to the Afghanistan anti-terror operation, and worked closely with DND and PCO thereon.
As High Commissioner to Bangladesh, he was locally responsible for the execution of CIDA operations in that country, particularly human rights and governance programs. He has also had experience with technical assistance and development activities in the South Pacific and Eastern Europe.
Nicholas Etheridge is now retired and lives in Victoria.