Gilles is a consultant and media analyst on international relations. He served in many senior positions in the Government of Canada. He was formerly Canada’s ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations and former ambassador of Canada to Haiti. He also served as senior advisor to Global Affairs Canada on UN peacekeeping operations. Gilles is an associate expert of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid and he has sat on several boards, including the board of Oxfam Québec. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 he received the Operational Service Medal – Humanitas in recognition of his work as ambassador during and following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.