As of today, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith is Jamaica's high commissioner to Canada, according to an announcement by deputy prime minister and foreign minister Dr Kenneth Baugh. She succeeds Ambassador Evadne Coye, who assumed the office of permanent secretary in the foreign ministry, last November. A career diplomat, Monteith was appointed as Jamaica's Ambassador to Mexico in 2005, and served as non-resident Ambassador to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, as well as high commissioner to Belize. She has demitted those assignments to take up her new appointment. The new high commissioner has worked in the Jamaica Foreign Service for 23 years and has served in Jamaica's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as well as in the Embassy in Venezuela. She holds a Diploma and MSc degree in international relations from the University of the West Indies (UWI). She also has a BA degree from the UWI.