Émigré April 27 2015

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Canadian stays, Mexican goes.



Canadian Consul General Ian Burchett confirmed for one more year

Sources confirm that the popular Canadian Consul General  Ian Burchett will be staying on for one extra year.  Canadian diplomats normally work on 3 year rotations but can be extended.  Hong Kong is a popular post and the past two Consul Generals also requested and received extensions.

Mr Burchett’s time in Hong Kong started with a whirlwind flurry of senior level Ministerial visits reflecting the tight Hong Kong-Canada ties. More ‘fun’ elements of the role included the opening of Cavalia on the Hong Kong waterfront and a steady stream of Canadian related community groups being welcomed into the official residence.  More challenging has no doubt been monitoring Occupy Central and turmoil at the Canadian International School. The Ministry is likely happy to keep him on to ensure a knowledgeable and skilled operator during ‘interesting times’.

Another reflection of tight ties is the recent announcement regarding the recently ‘retired’ (from politics) Hon. John Baird. The effective former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs was named an advisor to Richard Li and just days ago was announced as a Non-Executive Board member to FWD by Chairman Ronald Arculli. FWD is part of  the Pacific Century Group that also owns PCCW and HKT and is chaired by Mr Li. He will also play a role with Pinebridge Investments, a subsidiary of FWD.


Adios Amigos!

Héctor Rodrigo Martínez Elizondo is heading back to Mexico City. He recently became a father and will no doubt be happy to have a little Mexican influence on his new arrival. He will continue with ProMéxico, working with the Asia team in Mexico City.


Diplomats, as always, please send news on your new arrivals and departures.