Lucien Bradet is President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica). The primary mission of CCAfrica, created in 2002 following the Kananaskis G8 Summit in Alberta, is to promote institutional relations between Canada and Africa to further Africa’s economic development. The Council brings together 150 Canadian companies, universities, colleges, NGOs and federal and provincial government departments and agencies. Appointed to CCAfrica in early 2004, Lucien Bradet joined this association with an extensive experience in Africa. First, he did his university studies in Sociology and Anthropology at the Université nationale du Rwanda, established during the 1960s with the assistance of the Canadian government. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, and subsequently held numerous management positions at Information Canada, the Department of Regional Economic Expansion, and Industry Canada, where the Sustainable Cities Initiative was developed and implemented. This Initiative has been initiated in 16 cities on three continents, including four large African cities: Algiers, Durban, Dakar and Dar Es Salaam. In the last 7 years, he has led more than 15 missions to more than 20 African countries,(including Senégal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda), held a number of major conferences in Canada on the economic development of Africa, and assisted many countries to dialogue with Canadians. In addition to his professional career, Lucien Bradet has always been dedicated to the community. He worked as an elected official in the education sector as a school trustee for over 16 years, on three boards in the health sector, and in the area of culture as chairman of the board for Nouvelle scène, a cultural organization bringing together four professional theatre groups. He is also the chairman of the Radio Communautaire francophone d’Ottawa. His contribution has been recognized on several occasions: among other things, he was made an Officer of the Ordre de la Pléiade in recognition of his outstanding contribution to La Francophonie, and in 2009 was named Person of the Year for his contribution to the francophone community.