New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

Simon Tucker - New Zealand's High Commissioner

H.E. Simon Tucker New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada

New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada, Ottawa

Simon Tucker was appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada in February 2013.

He is concurrently High Commissioner to Jamaica.

Prior to taking up his appointment in Ottawa, Simon spent ten years in the New Zealand dairy industry, including in leadership roles at DairyNZ, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand and Fonterra Cooperative Group, New Zealand’s largest company and the world’s leading exporter of dairy products.  While at Fonterra he undertook both commercial and strategy roles, including several years based in Washington DC as Fonterra North America’s Vice President of Trade Strategy and Government Relations.

Simon has also acted in a number of governance and advisory capacities, including as a Board Director of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, the company that oversees economic growth for New Zealand’s largest city, as a Cabinet appointee on the Government’s Agricultural ETS Advisory Committee, and as a trustee of the Land and Water Forum, New Zealand’s preeminent advisory NGO on resource management issues.

Before he joined the dairy industry, Simon spent twelve years at New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with postings to Tehran and to Washington DC.   He also spent several years working in Parliament as adviser to the New Zealand Minister for Trade.

Simon studied at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts with first class honours.

Simon is married to Penny and they have three school-age daughters.  He is a keen sailor and enjoys other outdoor sports, reading and music.





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