On July 12, 2013, Deborah Lyons was named Canada’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Ambassador Lyons joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) in 1999 and was posted to Tokyo as counsellor for high-tech industries. She has held a number of key positions within the Department, as Director, International Finance; Director-General, North America Commercial Affairs; and Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy and Planning and Chief Strategist. In 2010, Ms. Lyons was appointed as Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Lyons joined the federal government in 1982 and held positions of increasing responsibility with the Department of Natural Resources, Privy Council Office, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Prior to joining the federal government Ms. Lyons, was a successful small business owner and ran two successful companies, one in the tourism sector and one in management consulting.
Deborah Lyons graduated from the University of New Brunswick (B.A. Honours) and completed the International Studies Program at Canada’s National Defence College in 1993.