David Alward, Consul General of Canada in Boston, United States
Message from the Consul General
It is my great pleasure to serve as the Consul General of Canada to New England, representing Canada in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Having served as the Premier of New Brunswick, I know how important the Canada-New England relationship is. Rooted in our history, culture, and shared values, this relationship has helped both our economies to grow and prosper. The mutually beneficial trade and investment ties between Canada and New England have helped to create jobs on both sides of the border, and made both our countries more competitive in an increasingly connected global economy. The many border crossings between northern New England and Canada keep our two regions closely connected. In communities located along the border, many residents cross the border frequently to shop and visit friends and family. Canadian tourists make many trips south to visit the region, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy, and Americans frequently visit their neighbours to the north as well, experiencing all that Canada has to offer.
From our office in Boston, I am proud to lead a dynamic team of dedicated public servants. It is our mission to promote Canada’s interests and to advance political and economic ties between Canada and New England, and to expand the all-important trade and investment relationship between our two countries. We also provide consular assistance to Canadians who are visiting or living in our territory.
After arriving in June of 2015, I immediately started working with local business leaders, elected officials, and other partners to continue to build the already vibrant relationship shared by Canada and the region. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet many New Englanders throughout our five-state territory and to further develop the Canada-New England partnership.
David Nathan Alward was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to New England in May of 2015, and serves as Canada’s representative in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
He was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and is the son of Rev. Ford and Jean Alward. He graduated from Nackawic Senior High School in New Brunswick and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.
Mr. Alward was employed with the Canadian federal government from 1982 until 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he was self-employed as a human resource development and community development consultant.
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999, was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2003, and took the oath of office to become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick in 2010.
As an active member of his community, Mr. Alward volunteered as an emergency medical technician and laboratory instructor with St. John Ambulance and as a firefighter with the Meductic Fire Department. He has also served as a volunteer in recreational activities and student tutoring, and was a member of the Woodstock Rotary Club in New Brunswick.
Mr. Alward and his wife Rhonda have two adult sons, Jonathan and Benjamin. He and his family still maintain a small family farm in Riceville, New Brunswick, where they raise purebred Hereford cattle.
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