Ambassador of Canada to the EU | Mission of Canada to the EU
Daniel J. Costello was appointed to be the Ambassador of Canada to the European Union in August 2015. Prior to taking this role, he served in several different positions in Canadian Foreign Affairs between 2005 and 2015. He was Director General for Intergovernmental Relations and Domestic Outreach (2005-06), Director General for the European Union and Western Europe (2006-08), Ambassador to the Republic of Poland with concurrent responsibility for Belarus (2009-12), Director General for Strategic Policy (2012-13), Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for Global Issues, Strategic Policy, Europe and the Middle East (2013) and most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Middle East and Maghreb (2013-15) in the newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Before joining Foreign Affairs Canada he worked as a Policy Adviser and Executive Assistant to the Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Prime Minister (1996-99), Executive Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (1999-2002) and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004). Ambassador Costello also has a distinguished teaching career, he taught for several years at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and l'Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France. Following that, he continued teaching at the University of Ottawa in the fall of 2004. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.