High Commissioner Mario Bot

Message from the High Commissioner

Kia ora and welcome to the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand’s website.

Our mission staff in Wellington and at our consulate in Auckland, both Canadians and New Zealanders, work to deliver a wide range of programs to advance Canada’s interests and priorities, including consular services, trade and business development, political and economic relations, development assistance and public affairs. We also represent Canada’s interests in the five Pacific Islands to which we are accredited: the Republic of Fiji, the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Republic of Kiribati and Tuvalu.

This work is undertaken on a solid foundation of warm bilateral relations. New Zealand and Canada are longstanding friends and in 2015 celebrated 75 years of diplomatic relations. The relationship is marked by shared fundamental values, including the promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance and the rule of law.

Through frequent high level visits between Canada  and New Zealand, our goal is to strengthen the effective working relationship we share on a broad range of issues, such as security and defence, human rights, multilateral trade negotiations, and environmental and indigenous issues.

Canada shares important business, trade and investment ties with New Zealand. Two-way trade between our countries exceeds $1 billion and continues to show impressive growth. Our Trade Office in Auckland supports Canadian companies in their business development efforts and both missions are always looking for new opportunities to expand these ties.

As a major player in the South Pacific, New Zealand assists us in understanding regional developments. We cooperate closely with New Zealand as a partner in the UN, the Commonwealth, APEC and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the High Commission supports projects in our Pacific Islands of accreditation that promote human rights; expanded democratic participation (particularly by women); entrenching the rule of law; and strengthening economic governance.

In addition to providing consular and passport services to Canadian citizens, the High Commission also assists those interested in travelling to Canada or moving there for study or work. A growing number of New Zealanders take up such opportunities each year through the popular International Experience Canada programme.

If you are a Canadian resident or citizen visiting or living in New Zealand, please take a moment to register at the Registration of Canadians (ROCA) page so we can best assist you in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation.

I invite you to explore this site to learn more about our work in promoting Canadian interests in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

My wife Jennifer and I look forward to exploring as much of New Zealand as possible during our time in this wonderful country.

Mario Bot
High Commissioner

Biography - High Commissioner Mario Bot

In June 2015, Mario Bot assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 21st High Commissioner to New Zealand with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.

Prior to his current position, Mario Bot was assigned to the Embassy of Canada in Washington from 2010 to 2014 where he served as both the Consul General and the Executive Director of the Regional Services Centre for the United States. From 2006 to 2010, he was posted to the High Commission of Canada in London where he served as the Management and Consular Officer. In 1992, he joined the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as both Director of Audit and Deputy Inspector General and inspected over 110 missions abroad. Prior to joining the Foreign Ministry, Mario Bot worked for Consulting and Audit Canada, an agency of the Government of Canada.

Mario Bot is a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant - Certified Management Accountant.

Mario Bot was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. When not posted abroad, he and his spouse Thu Huong (Jennifer) Nguyen live in Ottawa. They enjoy hiking, travelling and sampling the cuisines of the world.

Career History:

2010 – 2014
Executive Director – Regional Services Centre and Consul General   
Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, USA

2006 – 2010
Management and Consular Officer
High Commission of Canada, London, UK

2004 – 2006
Deputy Inspector General and Director of Audit
DFAIT, Ottawa

1997 – 2004
Director of Audit
DFAIT, Ottawa

1992 – 1997
Senior Auditor/Audit Manager
DFAIT, Ottawa

1977 – 1992
Consultant and Auditor
Consulting and Audit Canada, Agency of the Government of Canada