Bio (Steve Hallihan)

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Steve Hallihan

Steve Hallihan


Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica (retired)

Steve Hallihan has completed a 35-year career in the federal public service and has an extensive background in defence, development and diplomacy issues from policy, planning and program delivery perspectives.  Throughout his public service career he has served in senior positions with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Privy Council Office.

In addition to policy-based and program management positions in Ottawa, he has completed  field assignments in Africa with CIDA, served in Afghanistan as the Civilian Director for the Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, and served as a military officer on UN Peacekeeping missions. 

Prior to his retirement from the federal public service in 2013, he served as the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica from 2009-2013.  Since his retirement he has continued to consult in the defence and security fields.  Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is married with three children.