Simon Collard-Wexler

Scholars
2009
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First Secretary for Political Affairs, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, New York
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Simon is the First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York. He has worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the International Policy Institute at King's College London, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.

Simon is the First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York. Previously, he was a senior policy advisor for NATO affairs at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He completed his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University in New York City where he wrote his dissertation on violent resistance to foreign occupations. While completing his graduate studies, Simon was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. At Columbia University, he also conducted research on civil war termination with the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), and undertook fieldwork in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the International Rescue Committee. Before attending Columbia, he served as strategic policy advisor on Afghanistan, policy advisor on continental defense, and senior research officer on nonproliferation at DFAIT. Prior to joining DFAIT he worked with the International Policy Institute at King's College London, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. He received an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at McGill University and Sciences-Po Paris. Outside work and school, he is a poor skier, a lousy sailor, a terrible runner, and an amateur photographer.

Experience as a Trudeau Scholar

My experience as a Trudeau Scholar was one of the highlights of my doctoral studies. The Trudeau scholarship allowed me to significantly improve my research and present my work to conferences and workshops around the word, while at the same time reducing the completion time for my PhD. Contact with a wide range of Canadian scholars and public intellectuals in the Trudeau community expanded the horizons of my research beyond the narrow confines of my subfield. Most importantly, through the Trudeau Foundation events, I developed a strong and enduring friendship with many of my fellow scholars. At the end of the day, the Trudeau Foundation is not only a sponsor of cutting edge research. It is also an incubator of ideas, an arena of discussion and debate, and a proud champion of Canadian values.