High Commissioner Mark Glauser

Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome!

It is my honour and privilege to serve as the Canadian High Commissioner to Australia with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Nauru and High Commissioner-designate to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. I also hold concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Micronesia and Palau, and as Ambassador-designate to the Marshall Islands.

In my role, I lead a team of highly skilled and dedicated colleagues at the High Commission in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney to represent Canada and provide assistance to Canadians abroad. Our areas of work include consular services, trade and business development, political and economic relations, defence, migration, development assistance and public affairs.

You will find information about each of these areas on our website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email if you have further questions. You can find our contact information on the “Our Office” webpage.

Canada and Australia’s relations go back 125 years. In 1895, Canada’s first trade commissioner arrived in Australia and opened an office in Sydney. In 2019, we celebrated 80 years of full diplomatic ties between our countries, marking the appointments of the first High Commissioners.

Today, our relationship is broad and deep, based on our shared values and history and our common interests.  We engage very closely on a wide range of issues as we share many of the same priorities, including the promotion of the rule of law, human rights, security, free and fair trade, and indigenous reconciliation. Our relationship is also built on the foundation of strong people-to-people ties. Thousands of Canadians travel to Australia every year while many others call it home, some as dual citizens. Similarly, thousands of Australians spend time each year in Canada working, studying and travelling.

I look forward to continuing to build this relationship during my tenure as High Commissioner, and am honoured to play a role in Australia and Canada’s history.

Equally, I look forward to building Canada’s relationship with the seven Pacific Island countries to which the High Commission is accredited. Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, we engage in the region to address foreign policy and development priorities, including climate change and gender equality. We believe in funding high-impact, local projects with measureable results. As an active member of many multilateral organisations, including the UN and APEC, we are committed to making the world and this region a fairer, safer, and more prosperous place for future generations.

Finally, if you are a Canadian resident or citizen in Australia, I encourage you to take a moment to register at the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) page. This will allow us to reach you in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation.

Thank you for visiting our website, and I hope you enjoy your time in Australia and the Pacific Islands if you are travelling in the region!

Best wishes,

Mark Glauser
High Commissioner of Canada

Biography

Mark Glauser is High Commissioner of Canada in Australia with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Nauru and High Commissioner-designate to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. He also holds concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Micronesia and Palau, and as Ambassador-designate to the Marshall Islands.

Mr. Glauser joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada – now Global Affairs Canada – in 1993. At headquarters, he was Executive Director of the Threat Assessment and Intelligence Services Division from 2010 to 2015, where he dealt with a range of national and international security and intelligence issues. From 2015 to 2016, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, where he dealt with Canada‑US border issues. From 2016 to 2017, he was Director General of the Middle East and Maghreb Bureau and, from 2017 to 2019, he was Director General of the Middle East Bureau.

Abroad, from 1996 to 1999, Mr. Glauser served in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations. From 2002 to 2005, he was Counselor and head of the political program at the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan. From 2005 to 2010, he was Counselor at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, USA, where he dealt with a range of national and international security and intelligence issues.

Mr. Glauser is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s (honours) degree in History and Political Science, and of Dalhousie University with a Masters Degree in Political Science.

Mr. Glauser is married to Diane Glauser and they have two adult children.