Canadian Consulates in Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bengaluru are now headed by three women
Mumbai (Press Release) Ms. Annie Dubé, Ms. Mia Yen, and Ms. Nicole Girard have assumed their offices as Consul General for Canada to India, in the cities of Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bengaluru respectively. Ms. Dubé has replaced Mr. Jordan Reeves, Ms. Yen succeeds Mr. Christopher Gibbins and Ms. Girard has taken over from Ms. Jennifer Daubeny this month.
Welcoming the three Consuls General, High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel, said, “These three diplomatic appointments highlight the importance of ensuring that women are in key roles and they align with Canada’s commitment towards equal opportunity for all. I look forward to working with my three talented colleagues to continue deepening and strengthening our vibrant bilateral relationship.”
Annie Dubé joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2003. This is her second stint in India. Prior to coming to India, Ms. Dube was the deputy director of the EU Commercial Relations and Advocacy Division from 2016 to 2017 and the director of the Aerospace, Automotive, Defence and Information and Communications Technologies Practices Division from 2017 to 2018. Her previous assignments in Canada include, among others, deputy director in the Office of the Deputy Minister for International Trade from 2007 to 2009 and economic policy officer for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation from 2003 to 2004. She has served abroad in positions including, from 2005 to 2007, vice consul and trade commissioner at the consulate general in Mumbai; from 2009 to 2011, first secretary and trade commissioner at the embassy to South Korea; and from 2011 to 2015, counsellor and senior trade commissioner at the embassy to Switzerland.
Mia Yen joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a Foreign Service officer in 2001. At Headquarters in Canada, her assignments have included serving as departmental spokesperson, adviser to the deputy minister of international trade, deputy director in the office of the deputy minister of foreign affairs, head of a team responsible for South Asia bilateral commercial relations and senior policy adviser to Canada’s chief trade commissioner. In 2009, Ms. Yen was seconded to the Privy Council Office, where she served as director of operations of the Afghanistan Task Force and then chief of staff to its deputy minister. Overseas, Ms. Yen has served as legislative analyst at the embassy in Washington, D.C., and trade commissioner in Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, Ms. Yen began serving in Myanmar, where she was tasked with setting up Canada’s new embassy in the country. She was Canada’s first-ever resident chargé d’affaires there before becoming senior trade commissioner and head of mission administration. In 2016, she returned to Ottawa as director general responsible for Canada’s foreign service directives. Ms. Yen was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a recipient of the Head of the Public Service (Excellence in Service Delivery) Award.
Nicole Girard joined the Department of Employment and Immigration in 1989. In Ottawa, she held assignments related to immigration enforcement, strategic policy and refugee policy. In her most recent Headquarters position, she was director general of citizenship and multiculturalism policy. She served in Beijing from 2015 to 2018 in the position of migration program manager and area director for North Asia and Oceania, with oversight of Canadian migration programs in eight offices, including those in China, Japan, South Korea and Australia.