Nadir Patel serves as Canada’s High Commissioner to India, with concurrent accreditation as Canada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Nepal and to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Prior to his arrival in India, Nadir served as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.His responsibilities included strategic planning, finance, human resources, information management and technology, risk management, performance, contracting, procurement, material and asset management, real property and accommodation services.In 2009 to 2011, Nadir was Canada’s Consul General in Shanghai, China, managing Canada’s presence in Eastern China, promoting trade and investment between Canada and China, leading Canada’s participation in World Expo 2010, and managing the incoming visits of countless high-level government and business delegations.Prior to that, Nadir held a series of high-level government positions, including Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, where he helped write Canada’s first national security policy.
He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, where he helped launch the Commission of Inquiry into the bombing of Air India Flight 182. He subsequently became Canada’s Chief Air Negotiator, travelling to 35 countries over three years and negotiating an unprecedented 43 international airspace treaties, including a ground-breaking open-skies agreement with the European Union. Nadir began his career as a tax auditor at the Kitchener-Waterloo offices of Revenue Canada, and subsequently served in progressively senior positions in the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s offices in Montreal and Ottawa, including Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue, Director of Ministerial Services, and Corporate Secretary.Nadir currently serves on the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre, a Canadian Crown Corporation that supports research and innovation in developing countries to promote sustained growth and development.
He also serves on the Ottawa Advisory Board of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics, and is a Founding Board member of Suits his Style, an Ottawa based not-for-profit organization supporting employment opportunities of men in need by providing professional attire. From 2011 to 2014, Nadir served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Executives of the Federal Public Service (APEX), the association comprised of Canada’s public service executives. From 2012 to 2014, he also served on the Global Client Advisory Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and in 2012, Nadir served as a Director on the Board of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. He has also previously served as a Director on the National Capital Region’s Board of Directors for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and as Chair of the Ottawa Business Council of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. While in China, he served as Honorary President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and cofounded the Chamber’s Network of Young Canadian Professionals in Shanghai.Nadir was appointed by India Abroad to its inaugural (2008) list of the Top 40 most influential Canadians of Indian descent. On January 1, 2011, Nadir was profiled by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper as one of 45 Canadians Changing the World. He has been selected as one of 100 all-time Alumni of Achievement during Wilfrid Laurier University’s 100th year anniversary celebration in 2011, and was honoured by the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber with its 2011 Award of Excellence for career achievement. In 2012, Nadir was selected by Embassy Newspaper as one of Canada’s top 80 most influential in Canadian foreign policy and in 2014, Nadir was selected by Power and Influence Magazine as one of the top 100 Canadians most influential in Canadian foreign policy.
Nadir has been a guest lecturer at Dalhousie University’s School of Public administration, at New York University’s Shanghai campus at East China Normal University, and at Shanghai Donghua University’s School of International Affairs. Nadir has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University’s Stern School of Business, the London.