- Street / Area: Central Business District Area
- City: Abuja
- Country: Nigeria
- Phonenumber: +234 9 461 2900
- Email: Abuja@international.gc.ca
- Website: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca
- Government & Political parties: Embassies and Consulates
- Divisions: Foreign affairs
- Listed: October 13, 2017 1:37 pm
- Expires: 262 days, 16 hours
About High Commission of Canada to Nigeria
A native of British Columbia, Canada’s most western province, Christopher Thornley grew up in the Rocky Mountains.
His scenic hometown of Golden is surrounded by spectacular national parks and is known for world-class alpine skiing.
A graduate of the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University where he received a Master of Public Administration degree, he began his career with the Province of Nova Scotia in the field of international market development. Mr. Thornley subsequently joined the Canadian Foreign Service. His first posting was to Stockholm followed by an assignment to the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, U.S.A. From 1999 to 2002, he headed the Consulate of Canada in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of the Philippines from 2010 to 2013, and High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana from 2013 to 2016.
At Headquarters in Ottawa, he has served in numerous assignments, including as Deputy Director responsible for bilateral relations with India and as Director of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Division and Director of Foreign Service Assignments. He has also served as a Director and Acting Director General in the Markets and Industry Services Branch of the Canadian Department of Agriculture.
He was appointed High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Nigeria with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe and to Equatorial Guinea, as well as Permanent Representative of Canada to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). High Commissioner Thornley presented his credentials to the President, H.E. Muhammadu Buhari on October 4, 2016.
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