Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of Kevin Vickers as Canada’s new Ambassador to Ireland.
Mr. Vickers will assume the position of Ambassador following the presentation of his credentials to the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins.
Mr. Vickers will succeed Mr. Loyola Hearn, who was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland in 2010.
- Kevin Vickers retired from the RCMP in 2005 attaining the rank of Chief Superintendent.
- Mr. Vickers became Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons in 2006. Prior to this, he served as the House of Commons Director of Security.
- Mr. Vickers was hailed as a hero by the Prime Minister, other Canadians and international leaders for his actions in stopping the terrorist attack of October 2014.
- His diverse operational police background, most notably with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, includes 10 years in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, work in major crime units specializing in homicide and drug investigations, and leading the development of the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
“Kevin Vickers has shown profound leadership and dedication to the security of Canada and its national institutions. His extensive experience working with Parliament, as well as his bravery and integrity, will serve to deepen close bilateral relations between Canada and Ireland in the years ahead. I also want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Ambassador Hearn for his advice, dedication and outstanding service to Canada.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper