The Australian Government is pleased to announce the appointment of new Consul Generals in Canada and Brazil, with a focus on strengthening trade and investment links with this globally important commercial hub.
Sir. Josh Riley took over as Consul General and Senior Commissioner for Trade and Investment in Toronto, and Mr. John Prowse will serve as Consul General and Senior Commissioner for Trade and Investment in São Paulo.
The appointment demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to promoting Australian exports and attracting foreign investment which is essential to the country’s continued economic growth and prosperity.
The Government thanks the Consul General and Senior Commissioners for Trade and Investment Grayson Perry and Greg Wallis from Toronto and Sao Paulo, respectively, for their services.
Sir. Riley, a proud Wiradjuri, brings to life the deep corporate, nonprofit and political experience gained in Australia and Canada. Former Director of Corporate Citizenship at the Business Council of Australia, Mr. Riley spearheaded the launch raise bars, combined an initiative with Supply Nation that saw 17 of Australia’s largest companies commit to spending more than $3 billion with Indigenous suppliers.
As Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto, Mr. Riley was also involved in the creation of the Australia-Canada Indigenous Economic Partnership.
Sir. Riley will lead Australia’s trade promotion and investment attractiveness priorities in Canada and will oversee the Consulate General in Toronto and the Consulate in Vancouver.
This appointment will provide an opportunity for Australia and Canada to work together on clean energy solutions such as green hydrogen, which is expected to create local jobs in Australia and help economies around the world meet their emission reduction targets.
John Prowse takes on his new role in Brazil, bringing extensive experience in the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining Austrade, Mr. Prowse has worked in government relations in the energy sector, including time in Canberra and as country manager in Timor-Leste. He has a lot of experience in negotiations between government and the resource sector.
In government, sir. Prowse worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with positions in Brazil and Egypt.
Sir. Prowse looks forward to returning to South America, where he expects his commercial experience to help showcase Australia as a provider of premium goods and services and an attractive investment destination.
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