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Message from the Consul General

Jeff Nankivell
Jeff Nankivell


On behalf of the entire 150-person strong 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 our team and about 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 (based on survey data). Along with an estimated 175,000 Canadian-educated Hong Kong residents and many people from Hong Kong living in Canada, Canadians play an important role in our bilateral ties both locally and regionally.

A foundation of this relationship is the commitment made by close to 2,000 Canadian soldiers in 1941 to the defense of Hong Kong. Over 550 made the ultimate sacrifice in doing so; their legacy continues to inspire new generations of Hongkongers and is commemorated annually in a well-attended community ceremony at the Sai Wan War Cemetery. 

Canada’s relations with Hong Kong are guided by our core values and our firm belief that human rights, good governance and the integrity of institutions under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ model are all essential for Hong Kong’s continued stability and prosperity. The Government of Canada continues to work to further Canada’s prosperity and to strengthen and diversify our economic and political relations in Asia. Hong Kong plays an important role for Canadians in Asia as a base for Canadian companies to assess opportunities and risks in mainland China and elsewhere in Asia. Canadians also benefit from the trade and investment opportunities within Hong Kong and Macao themselves.  

Our expanding commercial ties are due in large measure to the vibrant Canadian business communities in Hong Kong and Macao. In particular, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, with its over 1,200 members, is one of the largest Canadian business organizations 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 Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao.

As elsewhere in the world, the Consulate General team is here for Canadians who find themselves in distress. Whether you are resident here or just passing through, we strongly encourage you to register at the Registration of Canadians Abroad website so that we can reach you in case of emergency and also provide you with updates whenever we make a significant change to our travel advisories for Hong Kong or Macao.

As a dynamic country with a rich culture and strong economy, Canada is a digital-diplomacy leader in Hong Kong. Our Facebook page, with over 50,000 followers, along with LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, allows us to provide real-time information on Canadian values, culture and commercial successes and opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao. It also helps to provide important notices to, and from, the community. Instagram enables us to share interesting photos with a general 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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