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Message from the Consul General

Jeff Nankivell
Jeff Nankivell


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 provided 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 175,000 Canadian-educated Hong Kong residents and over 208,000 people from Hong Kong  living in Canada, Canadians are playing an increasingly important role towards enhancing our bilateral ties both locally and regionally.

One of the main foundations of this relationship is the commitment made to it 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 also takes full advantage of the trade and investment opportunities within Hong Kong and Macao themselves.  

Our expanding 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 an active Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao.

The advancements in digital communications technology over the past 20 years have 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. LinkedInFacebook and Twitter allow us to provide real-time information on Canadian values, 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 Facebook page. Join us at these social media sites and start exploring Canada in Hong Kong and Macao!

Yours most sincerely,

Jeff Nankivell
Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao


  • Mr. Jeff Nankivell became Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao in August 2016.
  • From 2011 to 2016, Jeff served as Director General responsible for Canada’s official development assistance in Asia, first with the Canadian International Development Agency and then with Global Affairs Canada.
  • Jeff has been posted 3 times to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing: in the development assistance section from 1991 to 1995 and 2000 to 2004, and as Deputy Head of Mission (deputy ambassador) from 2008 to 2011. He is fluent in Mandarin.
  • He also held various positions at the Canadian International Development Agency between 1988 and 2008, working on programs related to China, Russia, strategic policy and international financial institutions.
  • Jeff holds an M.Sc. in political sociology from the London School of Economics, a B.A. in international relations from the University of Toronto, and a certificate (one-year program) in Chinese language and culture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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