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List of High Commissioners of Australia to Canada

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High Commissioner of Australia to Canada
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Natasha Smith

since 30 November 2017
StyleHis/Her Excellency
NominatorPrime Minister of Australia
AppointerGovernor General of Australia
Inaugural holderSir Thomas Glasgow
Formation12 September 1939
WebsiteAustralian High Commission, Canada
Australia House, the official residence of the Australian High Commissioner to Canada, in Ottawa, Canada.
Australia House, the official residence of the Australian High Commissioner to Canada, in Ottawa, Canada.

The High Commissioner of Australia to Canada is an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the head of the High Commission of the Commonwealth of Australia to Canada. The Australian High Commission also has responsibility for relations with Bermuda, a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The position has the rank and status of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and is currently held by Natasha Smith since 30 November 2017.[1]

Australia and Canada have enjoyed official diplomatic relations since 12 September 1939, when high commissioners were first exchanged as one of Australia's first independent postings. As fellow Dominion countries, Australia and Canada had many prior contacts, particularly in trade. The High Commissioner's Official Residence is located at Australia House, Ottawa, while the Chancery is located at Suite 710, Clarica Centre II, 50 O'Connor Street, in Downtown Ottawa.

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So welcome everybody, thank you very much for coming and listening to me chat, and thank you for sitting in the front row, people don't always sit in the front row. It's actually the first time that I've ever done this and the back rows are empty, so that's very promising I hope. I hope it's worthwhile for you. My name is Alison Goodings and I'm the Trade Commisioner for Education for the Canadian High Commision, which is based in London. I'd like to thank you all for being here today. I hope you leave here being a bit excited about the opportunities for studying in Canada. Canada has identified education as a priority, we've invested a lot of money into our education system and we're very keen to attract students like you and students from around the world to come and study and experience it for themselves. So has anybody here been to Canada before? Oh that's quite a few. Now not those people, everybody else, when I tell you I'm from Canada, what do you think of? What are some of the things that pop into your head? Snow, maple syrup, yeah. Okay that's good. So if you've never been to Canada your first thoughts may be snow and ice hockey and our Mounties- the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police. And while we do have a lot of snow at certain times of the year and we do love hockey, I have to tell you except in zoos, the polar bears pretty much stick to the north, and most of us don't use dog sleds anymore. So while people's stereotypes about Canada are largely true- we do love hockey, you can find world class skiing or go kayaking or canoeing sometimes 20 minutes from major cities, we also have multicultural and modern cities. You can find ethnic communities for great food or shopping, you can learn to speak another language like French, you can go to a world class museum or art gallery, and find vibrant nightlife. Now Canadians are very proud of our famous people around the world, and here are just a few of them. Some of them you may know already, others include the famous architect Frank Gehry who built the Guggenheim Museum, he is Canadian; film director James Cameron is Canadian; the new Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney is from the Northwest Territories; and just last month actually Canadian author Alice Monroe won the Nobel Prize for Literature, she is the first Canadian to ever win this award and only the 13th woman to do so and she joins the company of very famous and renowned writers like Ernest Hemingway and Rudyard Kipling; and of interest maybe to some of you, Justin Bieber is also Canadian, but if not then don't hold that against us. Ok, of course as many of you know, what Canada has is space. Just to give you an idea of how big Canada is, you can fit the UK into Canada 48 times, but I did a little bit of research and you can fit Jersey into Canada 83,548 times, if that's a better reference point for you. Our entire population is 34 million and that means each of us has quite a lot of elbow room. To compare, the city of London has 9 million people living in it and that represents more than a quarter of Canada's total population. One of the things people are becoming increasingly aware of is how stable and strong the Canadian economy is. Canada is a great place to do business, it's a great place to work, but it's also a great place to study. So at the beginning of these slides I mentioned that education is a priority in Canada. Globally Canada is the third largest investor in our postsecondary education system after Switzerland and the United States. So why does that matter? Well it means that the quality of education in Canada is top notch and that Canadian academic credentials are valued worldwide. Now you may have noticed that I'm using the term 'postsecondary education system' and when I say that I'm referring to 'universities and colleges and institutes that can confer degrees or diplomas'. In Canada sometimes we speak of schools and we use that term a little bit more broadly I think than is done in other parts of the world. When I say school I am also referring to universities, colleges, as well as elementary schools, so we do use that word quite liberally. Business, MBA schools, those would be universities that have MBA programs. So let's talk about universities. Within Canada there are more than 100 postsecondary institutions offering more than 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, so there's a lot of options. These programs range from Biotechnology and Business, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Media Studies, Nursing, Engineering, Agriculture, Performing Arts, and often students can combine 2 or 3 interests into a single degree. To give a few examples of what Canada has to offer, if you're interested in business or economics, there are 10 Canadian universities that were ranked in the top 100 schools for their Business and Economics program by the 2012 Academic Rankings of World Universities. QS World University Rankings ranked 4 Canadian universities in their top 100 schools for Computer Science. Life Sciences and Biotechnology has a lot of universities that are quite well thought of. Four Canadian universities in the top 50 for Psychology, 3 in the top list for Medicine, and 4 in the top list for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. One of the other interesting things about many post secondary education institutions in Canada is that they work with businesses to provide what are called Co-operative Education Placements, or Co-op Placements, and that's something that is very popular in Canada and in the U.S. as well. Co-operative Education is where a student can get job experience relevant to their field of study, while they're enrolled in their studies. It counts as credit towards their degree, but it also is usually paid for. So imagine if you were a student studying Kinesiology, you could have an opportunity to spend a semester working for a sports medicine clinic and you could work with top athletes, and you could take what you're learning and apply it right away, right from first year. It's not something that's offered just in the last few years of study. In fact some universities that specialise in Co-Operative Education Programs will offer a term per year, so you'll actually work four terms over a four year degree. And making a bit of money on the side is also a nice benefit. Just like in the U.K. and in lots of other places, Canadian universities offer three levels of degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorates. Students at the bachelor level are known as undergraduates, and similar to the U.S. our bachelor degrees are 3-4 years of full-time study, it depends on the province you're studying in and whether the program is general or specialised. Some honours programs may require an additional year of study. And also just to let you know at this point that while I represent the country and the Government of Canada, education is not the responsibility of the National Government, rather the 10 provinces and 3 territories are responsible for setting and overseeing the framework under which the institutions operate. And that also will influence tuition, so then when you see a range of tuition costs from province to province, that's also the reason for that. Now Canada is a world leader in postsecondary research. We outpace many other G7 countries on higher education investment. In fact, more than a 1/3 of all research that is conducted in Canada happens in our universities. Canadian universities are doing highly innovative research in fields like Health, Biotechnology, High-performance Computing, Nutraceuticals, Renewable Fuels. Most often the research is done in universities in collaboration with Governments, business, local communities, and non-government organisations, which means that Canadian universities are key contributors, not just to research, but also to development and innovation. And some innovative technologies that you may have heard of that have come out of Canadian universities include IMAX film, SmartBoards, flatscreen technology, and Blackberry. Now in Canada we also have colleges which are similar in nature to further education institutes. Colleges offer a wide range of educational programs, usually in technical and professional fields such as Business, Agriculture, Health, Social Services, Broadcasting Journalism, Hospitality, Design Technology, I could go on. There's quite a broad range. Colleges work very closely with business and industry and they want to ensure that their programs are relevant to the changing work place and the needs of employers. College campuses are found in a thousand communities across Canada. On average 90% of college graduates obtain employment within 6 months of graduation, and approximately 20% of college learners have university degrees already and have come to college to find some practical learning to lead to a job. Colleges tend to offer 2 and 3 year diplomas to trained technicians, technologists, and service providers. Some people feel that this is a level of education that's neglected in many countries. In Canada we have about 8 technicians for every 1 engineer. In many countries it's the reverse. Some feel that we're too heavily focused on only the university route and that a technical education either on its own or in combination with the university degree is another way forward. Colleges and technical institutions in Canada offer programs like Food and Beverage Management, Hotel Restaurant Management, Culinary programs. They also offer applied degrees, so an applied degree is like a bachelor degree but it's got an applied focus such as a bachelor of Applied Technology in Industrial Design, a bachelor of Applied Business and E-commerce. Colleges also offer postgraduate diplomas for people who have university degrees or college diplomas already that are looking to add another level to their skills and their education. These programs are much more specialised and they tend to focus on the current industry and what practices are leading to high employment of graduates. A fairly new offering in Canada is joint university college diplomas and degrees. So these would be a two year program where you would be in college for two years and at university for two years after that, and you would graduate with both a diploma and a degree that would be combined. It's a fairly new offering. The advantages for students are that classes are much smaller in the beginning so you're going to have a lot more support, they're more applied and they're more practical with opportunities for placements, and in general they would have a lower cost than just university alone. So what do you need to know in order to apply? Well we recommend that you apply early, at least 8 months before the term starts. The school year in Canada typically runs from September until April. We don't have a very long break at Christmas, but we do have much longer summer break, approximately four months. And many universities in Canada will also have a January and an April intake, so if are looking to start your studies at a different time of the year there are opportunities for that. You'll need to provide your complete academic transcripts, including predicted grades. You'll be applying directly to the university and the programs that you're interested in. In some cases you can also apply to a general faculty, if you weren't sure exactly what program you wanted. You could apply to the Social Sciences or Arts faculties and you could then specialise what you want to study in your second year. There is no centralised admission process like UCAS. Admissions are based generally on academic merit, more competitive programs may require prerequisite courses or a minimum grade average. Some programs like Dance and Fine Arts will require a portfolio or an audition. But generally speaking admission is based on academic merits, so they're looking at your A-Levels, your predicted A-Level grades, and unlike the United States there is no standardised testing in Canada for undergraduate admission, so there are no SATs required. From an immigration side, if you're studying a course that's longer than 6 months you're going to need a Study Permit. A Study Permit, the application process is fairly simple, you can do it online or you can do it on paper. It costs $150, so just under £100 to apply, and you're going to need proof of acceptance, you can't apply for a Study Permit until you have a spot at an institution- you have to have that letter saying that they want you to come. You're going to need proof of identity; you're going to need proof of financial support, usually that's the form of bank statements from yourself or your family, whoever is going to help support you; and there will be a letter of explanation. There is the Citizenship and Immigration website as listed at the bottom of that slide, and I do also have some information on the stand on Study Permits if you had any other questions. So you can get a lot more information from our website. We've got this great tool on the website where if you have an idea what you want to study or where you want to study, but you don't really now all the other pieces, you can put that into the Step 1 section there. Say you knew your program it'll give you all the universities and colleges in Canada that offer that program. Say you really wanted to move to a particular city because you really want to go skiing a lot, so you're going to move to Vancouver because you can do that, you can put Vancouver in and you can see what universities are in that area and what they're offering, and then the second step will help you calculate your costs. So you need to be looking not just at your tuition fees, which is obviously important, but also things like books, accommodations, public transit- how much does it cost to take the bus? Things like that are important to have a look at, and then the third step will help you with the Study Permits. So lets compare costs. That's a big question. On an international scale, Canada offers a consistent quality education, at a reasonable cost compared to a lot of top international destinations. Tuitions fees are going to range, for international students, depending on the institution, the program your studying, as well as the province and territory, but according to Statistics Canada last year, on average tuition fees paid by international undergraduate was £11,650. So that was for 2012/2013, and this slide was from 2011 actually, but still within the range so still fairly accurate. This particular slide is looking at a cross sample of programs from universities across Canada, and the universities that they looked at in Canada were McGill, University of Montreal, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and University of Toronto. And just to compare the UK sample was the University of Manchester, Nottingham, Warwick, Middlesex, and Oxford. So when you take the cost of living into consideration as well, Canada becomes an even more attractive option. Canada's largest and most expensive cities are relatively more affordable than many other major cities around the world. The cost of living in smaller Canadian cities and towns, where there are many quality schools is also very affordable. When comparing to the U.S., depending on the program you're studying obviously and the location where it's being offered, the total cost savings to study in Canada can be more than half. So how are you going to fund your studies. Well, there's obviously personal and family funds as one option, and hopefully as we all hope to have the support of our families to pay for our studies. Government loans is another option, or I should say grants as well because there is a grant system in Jersey for that. The Canadian Government does not offer loan programs to international students, in fact Canada is a nation of students that are largely paying for their own education and funding that through bank loans. The loan program in Canada is very small and it's means tested. Bank loans again, that would be something that you would have to look at getting here before you go. There are some universities that are starting to work with Canadian banks to offer international student loans, but those tend to be MBA programs, which are very expensive, and it's only just beginning. So that's another opportunity which hopefully will expand. And then there's money to be found within the universities themselves, there's jobs on campus- usually a lot of universities will put aside jobs on campus for international students. Assistantships, you can work with a professor and do research. If you have a particular expertise in something you might be able to be a teaching assistant as well, those are opportunities later on in your degree. External funding sources, jobs off campus, lots of opportunities for that, and again like I mentioned the Co-operative Education Program- if you're doing one of those programs there's money in that. And then of course there's always scholarships. Now scholarships for international students are typically available from the institutions individually, and continuing scholarships that will go through your whole degree are highly competitive, they would consider academic merit, extra-curricular involvement, and your financial situation. In some instances students are automatically assessed for scholarships as part of your application process, so you could get your letter of offer and it can come with some money attached to it in some cases if your grades are high, which is very good. There may be other scholarships that are available throughout your studies, scholarships for second and third year students that are based on academic performance. The larger scholarships are obviously going to be very competitive, they'll usually require a separate application, they'll look for some references, they'll want to see what kind of extra-curricular activities that you're doing. Unlike the United States, Canadian universities do not offer a lot of athletic entrance scholarships, so if that's something that you're thinking specifically of, there are some opportunities but not as many as there are in the U.S. And we've got a great website as well for scholarships, and you can go in there and say where you're from and where you're going and it'll help you figure out what kind of options there are. Now you can also work while your studying in Canada. Typically both on and off-campus. Most full-time international students do not need a permit to work on campus, but if you want to work off-campus, obviously it would depend on your program of study and which university you're at, they may have some specific rules that do allow you to work, but generally speaking most university programs will allow you to do that, and an off-campus work permit is something you can apply for after you've completed a term, your grades are okay, you're still going to classes, and you can apply for that. And that off-campus work permit would be valid for the rest of your degree. After students graduate there are opportunities to stay and work in Canada, many students will be eligible for an up to 3 year work permit. It's an open work permit and this means that after graduation if you'd like to stay and work for a little bit and get some valued international work experience to go with your international degree, you have that opportunity. Because it's an open work permit you don't have to have a job offering in order to apply for it, it's not linked to what you've studied, and you don't need an employer to sponsor you in any kind of way, it's an open work permit. It's up to three years, the work permit will be no longer than the length of study. So if you went for a two year degree you would qualify for a two year work permit, if you did a one year program, one year, if you did a four year program, only three, so it's only up to three years. So a word or two about campus life. Canadian university campuses have wired libraries, they have Olympic quality sports facilities, they have public concert halls and art galleries. They offer a great possibility for students to combine learning and leisure. There are many services and support offered to international students to make them feel welcome and help them settle in. Right now there are 265,000 international students in Canada that are being supported by orientation programs, international student advisors, study skill programs, disability support, careers counseling, and student associations. Housing is generally available on most campuses and if not assistance is always provided to help students find it off campus. Canadians like most everywhere else like to play and watch sports, while hockey does tend to dominate some of our culture, we're in to the same sports that you are here as well, although sometimes we just call them by different names, soccer instead of football. And many universities will have there own leagues so you can play sports while you are there as well. We encourage students and parents to really broaden the search to include universities and colleges you may not have heard about. Given that there's quite a standard of excellence across the country, the choice should be about finding the right place for the individual student, the right program, the right campus, the right city, the right lifestyle, rather than only considering places you may have heard of through the media or friends. So we encourage you to focus on the best place for individual success. This is our website, there is lots of information on it. Everything that I've said and more detail is on the website, there's also a tool to help you find schools offering the programs you're looking at, and the tools that help you figure out costs and Study Permits and Work Permits, there are also student testimonials which are lot of people find quite helpful. So thank you very much for your interest, I'm going to be at the table out there for the rest of the evening. If you have any questions I'm happy to try and answer them and if I can't answer them tonight I'm happy to get your details and get back in touch with you and answer them after. Thank you.


High Commissioners

Order Name Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Sir Thomas Glasgow 12 September 1939 1945 5–6 years
2 Alfred Stirling 1945 1946
3 Frank Forde 18 January 1947 1953
4 Sir Douglas Copland 1953 1957 3–4 years [2]
5 Walter Crocker 1957 1959
6 Sir Walter Cawthorn 1959 1960
7 Kieren Desmond (acting) 1960 1961
8 David Hay 1961 1964
9 Sir Kenneth Bailey 1964 1969
10 David McNicol 1969 1973
11 James Ingram 1973 1975
12 Max Loveday 1975 1977
13 John Ryan 1977 1980
14 Barrie Dexter 1980 1983
15 Rowen Osborn 1983 1985
16 Robert Laurie 1985 1989
17 James Humphries 1989 1991
18 David Spencer 1991 1993
19 Frank Murray July 1993 May 1997
20 Gregory Wood May 1997 July 2001 [3]
21 Tony Hely July 2001 February 2005 [4]
22 William Fisher February 2005 November 2008 [5]
23 Justin Brown November 2008 December 2011 [6][7]
24 Louise Hand January 2012 14 January 2015 [8][9]
25 Tony Negus 15 January 2015 30 November 2017 2 years, 319 days [10]
26 Natasha Smith 30 November 2017 incumbent 1 year, 348 days [1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ Harper, Marjorie (1993). "Copland, Sir Douglas Berry (1894 - 1971)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Archived from the original (First published in hardcopy.) on 7 July 2015.
  3. ^ Downer, Alexander (27 March 1997). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ Downer, Alexander (2 May 2001). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ Downer, Alexander (29 November 2004). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  6. ^ Smith, Stephen (6 August 2008). "Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Farewell from High Commissioner Brown" (PDF) (3). Australian Government. Australia News - High Commission Ottawa. November 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ Rudd, Kevin (29 December 2011). "Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Canada" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  9. ^ Beaulne-Stuebing, Laura (14 January 2015). "Diplomatic Circles - Hand waves goodbye". Embassy News. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. "High Commissioner to Canada". Australian Government. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

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