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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
December 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence


Nadir Patel, BA (Political Science) '93, Asst Deputy Minister, CFO, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Nadir Patel was recently appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Finance and Operations, and Chief Financial Officer for the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. He has just returned from an appointment as the Consul General in Shanghai, promoting trade and investment between Canada and China, and leading Canada’s participation in Expo 2010. Prior to that, Patel held a series of high-level government positions, including Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, where he helped write Canada’s first national security policy, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Clerk of the Privy Council.

In 2006, Patel helped launch the Commission of Inquiry into the bombing of Air India Flight 182, collaborating with families, like his own, that lost loved ones in the tragedy. He subsequently became Canada’s Chief Air Negotiator, travelling to 35 countries over three years and negotiating 43 inter-governmental Canadian airspace pacts, including a groundbreaking open-skies agreement with all 27 countries of the European Union.

Patel began his career in 1990 as an auditor at the Kitchener-Waterloo offices of Revenue Canada, while attending Laurier as a student. In 2011, Patel was profiled nationally as one of 45 Canadians Changing the World. He has been instrumental in assisting Laurier in establishing an alumni network in China.