Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to our website. The Canada in Nigeria team and I are ready to assist you. Our website offers bilingual information on our consular and immigration services, as well as on our foreign policy and diplomacy, commercial and development programs. You will also find contact details for the High Commission in Abuja and Deputy High Commission in Lagos. If you are interested in joining the thousands of other Nigerians who study in Canada you can find out more here.

I am privileged and honoured to represent Canada in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. My family and I have been touched by the warmth and friendliness of the Nigerian people. This will make the goal of strengthening relations between our countries that much easier. I presented credentials to President Muhammadu Buhari on October 4, 2016. We both agreed that, while our relations are warm and substantial, we can do more to take advantage of the potential that exists. Taking up this challenge, our then-Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Stéphane Dion led our Canadian delegation to Nigeria in November to co-chair the Nigeria-Canada Binational Commission with H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. We look forward to ongoing exchanges, not only at the political level but also in the commercial sector, in civil society, and in everyday personal interactions.

In 2017 we celebrate Canada 150 – the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Please join us as we take pride in Canada’s achievements which include a strong and enduring partnership in Africa’s development. This year has also witnessed a renewed emphasis on Canada’s role in the world with an address on Canada’s foreign policy priorities by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Chrystia Freeland, and the release of Canada’s feminist international assistance policy by the Minister of International Development, Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau.

I encourage you to follow us on Twitter at @CanHCNigeria. Through social media, we wish to keep you up to date on the policies of the Government of Canada and Canada’s activities in Nigeria.

Finally, we are also accredited to Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe and we will keep you informed of Canadian interests and activities in these two countries as well.


Christopher Thornley
High Commissioner

Biography – High Commissioner Christopher Thornley

A native of British Columbia, Canada's most western province, Christopher Thornley grew up in the Rocky Mountains. His scenic hometown of Golden is surrounded by spectacular national parks and is known for world-class alpine skiing.

A graduate of the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University where he received a Master of Public Administration degree, he began his career with the Province of Nova Scotia in the field of international market development. Mr. Thornley subsequently joined the Canadian Foreign Service. His first posting was to Stockholm followed by an assignment to the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, U.S.A. From 1999 to 2002, he headed the Consulate of Canada in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  He was Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of the Philippines from 2010 to 2013, and High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana from 2013 to 2016.

At Headquarters in Ottawa, he has served in numerous assignments, including as Deputy Director responsible for bilateral relations with India and as Director of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Division and Director of Foreign Service Assignments. He has also served as a Director and Acting Director General in the Markets and Industry Services Branch of the Canadian Department of Agriculture.

He was appointed High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Nigeria with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe and to Equatorial Guinea, as well as Permanent Representative of Canada to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). High Commissioner Thornley presented his credentials to the President, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari on October 4, 2016.

Mr. Thornley is married to Catherine Thornley. They have two sons.