H.E. Nadir , High Commissioner for Canada to India, Government of Canada

H.E. Nadir , High Commissioner for Canada to India, Government of Canada

High Commissioner for Canada to India, Government of Canada

Nadir Patel serves as Canada’s High Commissioner for the Republic of India, with concurrent accreditation as Canada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Nepal and to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Prior to his arrival in India, where he oversees Canada’s largest diplomatic mission abroad, Ambassador Patel served as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. In this role, he oversaw an annual departmental budget of nearly $10 billion with 2,300 branch employees, and concurrently held the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for the Department’s workforce of 12,000 employees. Ambassador Patel previously served as Canada’s Consul General in Shanghai, China, managing Canada’s presence in Eastern China and leading Canada’s participation in World Expo 2010. Prior to that, he held a series of high-level government positions, including Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Senior Policy Advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, and Canada’s Chief Air Negotiator negotiating an unprecedented 43 international airspace treaties. Ambassador Patel was appointed by India Abroad to its inaugural (2008) list of the Top 40 most influential Canadians of Indian descent. On January 1, 2011, he was profiled by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper as one of 45 Canadians Changing the World. He has been selected as one of 100 all-time Alumni of Achievement during Wilfrid Laurier University’s 100th year anniversary celebration in 2011, and was honoured by the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber with its 2011 Award of Excellence for career achievement. In 2012, Ambassador Patel was selected by Embassy Newspaper as one of Canada’s top 80 most influential in Canadian foreign policy and in 2014, he was selected by Power and Influence Magazine as one of the top 100 Canadians most influential in Canadian foreign policy. In 2017, Ambassador Patel was awarded the NetIP Hall of Fame Award by the Network of Indian Professionals Canada and in 2018, he was awarded the Global Gujarati Award. Also in 2018, Ambassador Patel received the NRI Institute’s Mahatma Gandhi Bharat Samman Award at a ceremony at the British House of Lords. Ambassador Patel sits on a number of Boards and Advisory Councils, leveraging a background that spans nearly a decade residing in Asia (China and India). Nadir has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the HEC Paris School of Management.