Former Executive Director, Canadian Immigration
Service Mr. Bissett is a former Canadian Ambassador with 36
years of service in the government of Canada. He was the
Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania, and
High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. From 1985 to 1990, he
was the Executive Director of the Canadian Immigration Service.
During this period, he served on the Prime Minister's
Intelligence Advisory Committee. Upon leaving the Public
Service in 1992, he was employed by the International
Organization of Migration as their Chief of Mission in Moscow.
He worked in Moscow for five years helping the Russian
Government establish a new Immigration Service and draft new
Immigration legislation and a new Citizenship Act. During this
period, he was in Chechnya helping evacuate and find
accommodation for refugees fleeing the civil war there in 1994.
Since his return to Canada in 1997, Mr. Bissett has acted as a
consultant to the Government on a number of immigration issues.
He was a regular panelist on the now-defunct Public
Broadcasting System (PBS) TV Program, The Editors, and is a
regular contributor of articles to Canadian