Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, United States
Message from the Consul General
I am honoured to serve as Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, Georgia and as Canada’s representative in the Southeastern United States. More than 40 years ago, Canada foresaw the important linkages we would build across our six-state territory, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. That vision has proven itself true many times over, and today we continue to strengthen our links as friends, partners, and allies.
Prior to my arrival in Atlanta, I devoted much of my career to Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch. There I held leadership positions and earned a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade files. I also worked on efforts to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.
I began my appointment in mid-September 2017, on the same weekend that Hurricane Irma arrived. My first days were spent monitoring the storm’s impact on Canadians traveling through (or stranded) in the territory. With great pride, I witnessed Hydro-Quebec’s convoy of trucks and linemen and linewomen who came to the Atlanta area to assist with power restoration efforts at the request of Georgia Power. During that experience, I was also reminded of the generosity of Canadians both at home and abroad, and learned about Southern hospitality firsthand. Many Canadians and friends of Canada reached out to offer shelter to those the storm had impacted. Those efforts warmed my heart and provided special confirmation that I would enjoy my time here.
Just weeks into my appointment, I have made it my priority to travel to each of the six states in my territory, speaking at various events and talking to Governors, state leaders, business people, and other wonderful partners and friends of Canada from across the U.S. Southeast. Our shared achievements in bilateral trade and investment and people-to-people, government-to-government ties make us all shine. Together, I hope we’ll find ways to build on the $50 billion in bilateral trade and more than 1 million jobs tied to the region’s trade and investment with Canada.
Outside of my role as Consul General, I am a wife and mother that loves biking, hockey, and soccer. I have already had the privilege of dropping the puck at the Atlanta Gladiators hockey game and attending the Atlanta United vs Toronto FC soccer game! I look forward to learning about college football (SEC or ACC), visiting all of the lovely sites across the Southeast and enjoying the South’s famous cuisine at every opportunity.
In closing, my family and I are excited to be here. We look forward to meeting you. Please know that while many miles may separate Canada from the Southeast, our ties are strong and extensive. We have extraordinary opportunities before us to deepen these ties and build on our successes. I intend to be a visible and vocal advocate in celebrating how far we’ve all come together, and reaching even higher to advance Canada’s enduring friendships and dynamic economic relationships across the U.S. Southeast.
Nadia Theodore has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada. Most recently, Nadia served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada’s Deputy Minister for International Trade. She was named Consul General for the US Southeast in August 2017.
With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore’s appointment comes as Canada, Mexico and the United States have launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As part of Canada’s international trade negotiating team, Nadia has built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives. Beyond trade negotiations, she helped Canada’s Trade and Investment Strategy, which is focussed on ways to continue to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University. She is married and has one child.
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