Canberra March 31, 2023
The High Commission of Canada to Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Simon Ward as the Honorary Consul of Canada in Adelaide, Australia.
The appointment of Mr. Ward will contribute to the visibility and presence of Canada, and highlight the many connections in Adelaide and throughout the state of South Australia. The role aims to increase exposure to Canada and its diversity, its culture, its environment rich in experiences for young people in Adelaide, its feminist foreign policy and its effort to enhance trade for shared and inclusive prosperity.
A resident of Adelaide, Mr. Ward brings great value as Honorary Consul of Canada in Adelaide. Simon has been an Adelaide based partner in the well known national commercial law firm Piper Alderman since its establishment in 1988 and was its managing partner between 1994 and 2006.
Simon attended Harvard Business School in 2001 and there undertook one of its short courses on Leadership of Professional Services Firms. Simon has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on leadership as well as on areas of legal practice special interests. He also has board experience as a director of organisations in the commercial, sporting, educational and philanthropic areas. With family in Canada, he has spent much time there over the years and has familiarity the Canada’s governmental systems and affection for its way of life which in so many ways are similar to those of Australia.
Mr. Ward looks forward to raising the profile of Canada’s many strengths and advocating key messages to increase opportunities for new connections between our two countries. Currently, Canada is the G7 member state with the second highest economic growth (source: IMF), the easiest country to start a business in the G20 (source: World bank), and its population is among the most educated in the world. Canada is also a global centre for innovation with strategic investments in education, sciences and industries.
With 15 free trade agreements covering 1.5 billion consumers and access to a combined GDP of 50 billion dollars, Canada is one of the most open and connected economies in the world.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which both Canada and Australia are signatories, provides new opportunities and drives increased economic activities.
Canada’s commercial relationship with Australia is strong and diversified. In addition to traditional sectors such as mining and transportation, Canada and Australia can enhance collaboration in infrastructure, defense, agri-food, information and communication technology (ICT), creative industries, health industries, and clean technology.
Mr. Simon Ward
Honorary Consul of Canada in Adelaide
Consular services (passports, citizenship and consular assistance) will continue to be delivered by the High Commission of Canada in Canberra, Phone +61 (2) 6270 4000