Darren Schemmer recently retired as Executive Director of SFU International at Simon Fraser University. He joined the university after a 25-year career in international development and foreign affairs. Mr. Schemmer joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1989, serving Canada abroad in Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, the United States and as High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana and Ambassador to Togo. At headquarters he served as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Cooperation; as Director General of Policy, Planning and Management for Americas Branch; and as Assistant Deputy Minister for Partnerships.
He has also lived and worked in Haiti and Malawi with non-profit organizations and currently sits on two non-profit boards. Multilingual, Mr. Schemmer holds a Baccalauréat en éducation from the University of Alberta (1982), a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University (1999) and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University (2002).