After serving as Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed Ambassador to Finland from 2009 to 2013. He managed trade, political and consular programs and provided strategic advice during three Ministerial visits. Supported by the Canadian-Finnish community and the Hockey Hall of Fame, he led a fundraising campaign to donate a championship trophy, the Aurora Borealis Cup, to the senior Finnish women’s hockey league. As a Director in the Global Partnership Program, he managed a budget of $75 million devoted to nuclear submarine dismantlement, chemical weapons destruction and nuclear material security in Russia. At the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 2000 to 2004, he served on the Permanent Joint Board on Defence (PJBD) which was focusing military deployments to Afghanistan and ballistic missile defence. At NATO Headquarters, he worked on relations with Russia and Ukraine. During the air campaign of 1999, he was assigned to the KFOR command staff as a NATO Liaison Officer in Skopje, Macedonia.
Ambassador Shapardanov is the 2013 recipient of the UMD Macedonian Heritage Public Service Award.