Darren Schemmer

Executive Director, SFU International

email: darren_schemmer@sfu.ca
Tel: 778-782-5672
Office: Strand Hall 2100

Biography

Darren Schemmer recently returned to Vancouver after a 25-year career in international development and foreign affairs.

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.

Mr. Schemmer currently teaches online for McMaster University and provides management consulting services through Executive Insight Consulting. He also co-chairs the board of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and is on the board of CESO (formerly Canadian Executive Service Organization).

Mr. Schemmer holds a Baccalauréat en éducation from the Faculté Saint-Jean of 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).

He is married to Heather Johnston and they have three sons.