Institute of the Americas
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Anthony Cary

Anthony Cary served as the British High Commissioner in Canada from 2007 to 2010. He is now Executive Director of a partnership between Queen’s University in Ontario and Blyth Education which enables students to earn University credits on courses offered in many different international settings. He is also a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, and Hon President of the Canada-UK Colloquium.

In 2011 he was a juror for the $75,000 Cundill History Prize. He retired from the FCO that year, after a 38 year career in Berlin (as a political adviser to the then British Military Government); in the FCO Policy Planning Staff in London; as Private Secretary to Malcolm Rifkind and also to Lynda Chalker when they were Ministers at the FCO; as head of the political section in the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur; as deputy head of Leon Brittan's cabinet in the European Commission; as head of the FCO's  European Union Department (internal); as a Counsellor in the British Embassy in Washington DC responsible for Congressional relations with a particular involvement in the Northern Ireland Peace Process; as head of Chris Patten's cabinet in the European Commission; as Ambassador to Sweden; and finally as High Commissioner to Canada.

During a career break in the early 1980s he took an MBA at Stanford Business School on a Harkness Fellowship. He married Clare Elworthy in 1975. They have three sons and a daughter – all now in gainful employment, and two married.