On behalf of the entire team at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our web site. I hope that the information provide here will help you learn more about the services offered by my colleagues and Canada’s close partnership with the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.
As many of you know, Hong Kong boasts one of the largest Canadian communities abroad, estimated at 300,000. Along with 165,000 Canadian-educated Hong Kong residents and 500,000 people of Hong Kong descent living in Canada, Canadians are playing an increasingly important role towards enhancing our bilateral ties; locally and regionally.
One of the main foundations of this relationship is the commitment made by close to 2,000 Canadian soldiers in 1941 during the Battle of Hong Kong, which continues to inspire us.
I feel strongly that Canada’s friendship with Hong Kong is underpinned by our shared Commonwealth heritage and firm commitment to a number of values, including upholding the rule of law, an independent judiciary and freedom of expression. Good governance and the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ model are both essential for Hong Kong’s continued stability and prosperity.
The Government of Canada is working relentlessly to further Canada’s prosperity and strengthen our economic and political relations with Asia. Hong Kong and Macao are key partners in Canada’s overall strategy in Asia. Hong Kong, in particular, plays a strategic role as an effective and efficient super connector for Canadian companies looking to expand in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia.
Canada takes full advantage of the trade and investment opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao.
For example, in 2014, Canada’s merchandise exports to Hong Kong totalled C$4.6 billion. This makes Hong Kong, Canada’s 6th largest merchandise export market, larger than Germany, France, South Korea, Brazil, India and Australia.
These growing commercial ties are largely because of the vibrant Canadian business communities in Hong Kong and Macao, which continue to grow. In particular, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, with its over 1,000 members, is one of the largest Canadian chambers outside of Canada. It provides support for Canadian companies that are looking to expand their business in this part of the world. There is also a smaller but active Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao.
From email to web to social media platforms, the advancement in technology over the past 20 years has transformed the way that we promote Canada as a dynamic country with a rich culture and strong economy. Canada is active in digital diplomacy and we have enhanced our connections online. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter allow us to provide real time updates on Canadian culture and commercial successes in Hong Kong and Macao, and to provide important notices to the community. Instagram enables us to share interesting photos with a much wider audience. And we highlight Canadian food and culinary delights in Hong Kong through our Canadafood.hk website. Join us at these social media sites and start exploring Canada in Hong Kong!
Yours most sincerely,
Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao
Mr. Jeff Nankivell succeeded Mr. J. Ian Burchett as Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao in August 2016.
Since 2011, Jeff Nankivell has served as Director General and was responsible for Canada’s official development assistance in Asia, with the Canadian International Development Agency and then with Global Affairs Canada. After joining the Foreign Service in 1988, he served in various capacities with CIDA: as a project team leader with the China Program; at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, for two postings (1991 to 1995 and 2000 to 2004); as Country Analyst with the Russia Program; as Senior Program Manager for the World Bank Group, Multilateral Programs Branch; as Director, Strategic Policy in the Agency’s Policy Branch, and as Director, China and Northeast Asia. From 2008 to 2011, he was posted again to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission. He has also worked at the Ontario Legislature and at South-The Third World Newsmagazine. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a Certificate (one-year program) in Chinese Language and Culture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.