Former Canadian ambassador Martin Collacott has
joined the Fraser Institute as a Senior Fellow in immigration,
refugee, and anti-terrorism studies, Michael Walker, the
Institute's executive director, announced today.
As a Senior Fellow, Mr. Collacott will undertake studies of
immigration policy, the treatment of refugees, and related issues
involving terrorism. He will work from the Fraser Institute's
Vancouver office and will focus on issues of national importance.
Mr. Collacott brings 30 years of distinguished service in the
Department of External Affairs for Canada. Among his assignments
during this time was that of Director General for Security
Services and in this capacity he was responsible for the
coordination of counter-terrorism policy at the international
He has represented Canada's Department of External Affairs in
Indochina, Hong Kong, Lagos, and Tokyo. During the late 1960s, he
served as the Chinese-speaking member of the Canadian negotiating
team which established diplomatic relations with the People's
Republic of China.
Later in his career, Mr. Collacott was appointed as High
Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, and
as Ambassador to Cambodia. In the course of these assignments he
had major responsibilities for delivery of immigration and
refugee programs. This experience has left him with a deep
understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by this
very important area of public policy.
Mr. Collacott is a distinguished addition to the Fraser
Institute's diverse roster of Senior Fellows including: Murray
Allen MD, Professor Eugene Beaulieu, Professor Paul Brantingham,
Professor Barry Cooper, Professor Stephen Easton, Professor Herb
Emery, Professor Tom Flanagan, Mr. Gordon Gibson, Dr. Herb
Grubel, Professor Ron Kneebone, Professor Rainer Knopff, Dr. Owen
Lippert, Professor Ken McKenzie, Mr. Preston Manning, Professor
Jean-Luc Migue, Dr. Lydia Miljan, Professor Ted Morton, Professor
Filip Palda, and Professor Christopher Sarlo.