Exciting news out of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development as Sara Wilshaw has been named the Consul General for the Dallas region. Wilshaw, who succeeds the outgoing Paula Caldwell, will represent Canada in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
“The ties that bind 35 million Canadians to the 39 million people in this region are strong and growing,” wrote Wilshaw in an announcement on the consul general’s website. “And I’m eagerly anticipating being part of that.”
Wilshaw noted the strong Canadian-American partnerships in the energy sector as well as Canada’s ties to Oklahoma in her post.
“We defend North America together,” she wrote. “At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, for example, 43 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army form the Canadian Component.”
The new consul general promised business and government leaders in her jurisdiction that her office would also focus on sectors that are growing between the North American neighbors.
“Our team at the Consulate General engages local leaders on issues that affect North Americans, helps Canadians living and traveling in our region, and assists in building business relationships,” wrote Wilshaw.
Wilshaw worked for Customs and Revenue Canada and Statistics Canada prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996.
She has served as Canada’s first secretary in Tokyo and counsellor at the country’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Wuksgaw has also served as a trade commissioner in the North Asia Commercial Relations Division, senior policy officer in the Multilateral Trade Policy Division, assignment officer in the Assignments and Pool Management Division, executive director of the Strategic Policy Division, director of the Innovation Science and Technology Division and of the Trade Commissioner Service Support Division, and director general of the Office of the Chief Trade Commissioner. Most recently she was a commercial minister at the Canadian high commission in India.