François LaRochelle is a former Canadian diplomat. Abroad he was posted in Cairo (twice), Damascus as well as Vienna (OSCE) and Brussels. In Ottawa he worked in various sectors in the department of Foreign Affairs including the Middle-East. He was Director for relations with the Cabinet before joining the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council. He now lives in Montreal and is a Fellow of the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).