Ms. Kitnikone presented her credentials and officially became the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Vietnam on October 8, 2016.
Ms. Kitnikone joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1994, following her studies at the University of Victoria (Masters in Public Administration; Bachelor of Arts [Pacific Studies and Economic]). She was appointed as Canada’s Consul General in Mumbai in 2004; and her other postings overseas included Beijing, Taipei and Bangkok (with concurrent accreditation to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar). In Ottawa, Ms. Kitnikone has worked in the International Financial Institutions Division, the Policy Development and Integration Division, the North Asia Commercial Relations Division, and most recently, at the Centre of Learning for International Affairs and Management.
Ms. Kitnikone and her spouse, Jean-Stéphane Couture, have two children.