Consul General Khawar Nasim
Message from the Consul General
It is a privilege to serve as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis and represent Canada in the beautiful Upper Midwest and Great Plains region!
Canada and the United States share a unique and vibrant relationship as the closest of friends, partners and allies. Our two countries have the largest trading relationship in the world, one that is driven by our shared geography and based on similar cultures and values, and exemplified in this region by countless cross-border ties between individuals and institutions. Indeed, I was encouraged upon arrival to learn that Canada is the number one export destination for all five of the states in this territory.
As a career diplomat, this is my fifth international posting. I chose to come to the U.S., and more specifically the Upper Midwest, because, professionally, I know that my work here will be important, and personally, that this will be a wonderful place to raise a family. I am honoured to continue the Canadian diplomatic presence that has endured in this region for 46 years.
I lead a team that works hard to grow the robust connections we share, including building two-way business, tourism and academic relationships, engaging local decision-makers and citizens on issues of mutual interest, and helping Canadians living and travelling in our region. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to suggest ways we can work together.
Consul General Khawar Nasim
Biography - Consul General Khawar Nasim
Khawar Nasim serves as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis with accreditation to Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Mr. Nasim is a career diplomat who joined the Canadian Department of External Affairs in 1993. During his time at Headquarters, Mr. Nasim served in the European Investment and Technology Division, the South Asian Trade Division and the Trade Operations policy unit. His overseas career has included postings in Rome from 1999 to 2002, where he served as Second Secretary (Commercial), Barcelona where he was Consul from 2004 to 2007 and Rome for a second time where he served as Minister-Counsellor (Commercial-Economic) from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, Khawar took a leave from government to work as Vice-President of External Affairs, for one of Canada’s largest gold companies, Yamana Gold of Toronto (2010 to 2013). In 2014, Khawar returned to the Diplomatic service and served as Counsellor (Commercial) in The Hague where he served from 2014 to 2016. In July 2016, Mr. Nasim was named Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis. Khawar has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Carleton University) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (McGill University). He is married to Lise Beaulne Nasim; they have two children, Nico and Olivia.
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