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Lillian Thomsen is an executive with Global Affairs Canada. Until recently, she was the Director General and Dean of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute. She has served abroad in Warsaw, Poland, as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations, in Moscow, as Consul General of Canada in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and at the Canadian High Commission in London. In Ottawa, in the Department of Foreign Affairs, she has held a number of positions including Director of Media Relations, Corporate Secretary and Director General of Executive Services. Lillian has been actively engaged in the community with a focus on education and health, including mental health issues, serving in a number of capacities on various boards and as an active volunteer. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital. Lillian graduated from the University of Toronto with a double honours B.A. in History and Economics. She was also a performance student in piano Royal Conservatory of Music.