Canada gains new Australian High Commissioner
Louise Hand has been appointed as Australia’s new High Commissioner to Canada, to begin this month. She will be replacing Justin Brown who has served in the position since 2008.
Australia and Canada have a close relationship, sharing many values underpinned by a common Commonwealth heritage. The two countries work closely together at an international level at the UN and in the G20.
While peak industry bodies have recently launched reviews into increasing the economic links between the two countries, there is currently strong growth in bilateral trade and investment flows between Canada and Australia.
People-to-people links are a strong feature of the relationship between the two nations, including 200 agreements between Australian and Canadian universities, with Canada being Australia’s largest research partner.
Hand is a career DFAT officer and is currently Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change.