Gitane De Silva was appointed Alberta’s Senior Representative to the United States on January 1, 2016. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she served as Deputy Minister for Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Before joining the Alberta Public Service, Gitane spent 12 years in Canada’s Foreign Service as a specialist in Canada-U.S. relations, serving in a variety of roles, including as Consul General of Canada in Chicago with responsibility for Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.
Gitane also served as Deputy Head of Agency at Status of Women Canada and Director General, APEC Women and the Economy Summit where she worked on women in leadership and women’s economic empowerment. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and is a 2013 recipient of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference Award.