Joseph Stanford

Joseph Stanford was born in Montreal, Quebec. He was educated at Loyola College, Montreal, and the University of Alberta and practiced law in Calgary before entering the Canadian Diplomatic Service.

Mr. Stanford served in France, Jamaica and Germany. He was Ambassador to Israel, and concurrently High Commissioner to Cyprus, from 1979 to 1982. Thereafter he occupied senior positions in the Department of External Affairs, serving as Associate Under Secretary of State for External Affairs.

In 1988 Mr. Stanford was appointed Deputy Minister in the federal ministry responsible for public security, the Ministry of the Solicitor General. He held that position until 1993, when he became Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Management Development, the federal government's executive development agency, where he established a centre for training in negotiation and conflict management. He left the Canadian Public Service in 1994.

For the following ten years Mr. Stanford was a Senior Consultant with Conflict Management Group of Cambridge, Mass., a non-profit organization connected with the Harvard Negotiation Project, providing training and consulting services in negotiation and conflict resolution. He has provided these services for the Canadian and foreign governments, for international organizations, including the UN, WHO and the World Bank, and for large private sector corporations, in Canada, the USA, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. He has served on the teaching staff of the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School and for several years was on the teaching staff of the negotiation program at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, in Strasbourg, France.

Mr. Stanford is President of Seawalk Consulting Group Inc. and lives in Ottawa. He is fluent in French.