Telecommunications and Internet Policy Branch of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
Paul Charlton is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications and Internet Policy Branch of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ISED), where his focus is on international telecommunications and Internet policy issues. He is also works on issues relating to the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), particularly those involving Internet public policy and implementation of WSIS outcomes. In addition, he has worked on Internet-related issues that arise in the context of the G7, G20 and OECD. In January, 2019 he began a three-year term as government of Canada representative on Internet Governance Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG), which advises the United Nations Secretary-General on the programme and schedule of the annual IGF meetings.
He has attended several past IGF meetings as part of the Government of Canada delegation. Prior to joining ISED Mr. Charlton was a Foreign Service Officer, with postings at the Canadian Embassies in Washington and Berlin, and at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in Geneva. While in Geneva he covered the ITU, as well as Internet and cybersecurity-related issues arising in other fora such as the UN Human Rights Council. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.