Mr. Schemmer joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1989 as a Development Officer with the Andes Program of the Canadian International Development Agency. He served abroad in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Washington, D.C., U.S.A;
Cairo, Egypt; and most recently Accra, Ghana where he was High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo. At headquarters he has served as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Cooperation; as Director General of Policy, Planning and Management for Americas Branch; as Director-General for Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic and most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for Partnerships (formerly Vice-President,
Partnerships with Canadians Branch).
Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Schemmer taught secondary school in Malawi and British Columbia. He currently teaches online for McMaster University/Maastricht University’s Global Health Foundations program and
provides management consulting services through Executive Insight Consulting.
Mr. Schemmer holds a Baccalauréat en éducation from the Faculté Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta (1982) and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (2002).