New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Daniel Mellsop with IITIO Chair, Wayne Garnons-Williams
March 29, 2018 – New Zealand High Commissioner discussing Indigenous trade with IITIO
Great meeting with New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada, Mr. Daniel Mellsop briefing his office on the work of the IITIO executive (www.iitio.org) and discussing Indigenous Trade policy, law and meaningful economic opportunities between Canada, New Zealand and others nation-states to embrace Global Indigenous Trade.
IITIO is pleased to announce that the 5th International Indigenous Trade Mission and Conference in British Columbia. Canada September 21-23, 2018 will be key-noted by His Excellency David Mellsop, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada. To register and learn more about the fall Conference simply click on the Register button on the IITIO website. http://www.iitio.org
We talked about the real possibility of conducting International Indigenous Trade between New Zealand and Canada and we explored the possibilities of raising not only Canada’s Indigenous Trade Chapter (as originally developed by IITIO and Global Affairs in NAFTA) but also about New Zealand raising their own Indigenous trade chapter with Canada in the Pacific Alliance negotiations. Two nation states, each raising their own version of an Indigenous Trade Chapter to build a mutually agreeable mechanism as a carve out between the two nation states in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could bring much needed economic development and growth to many tribal nations!
Daniel Mellsop was appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada in February 2016. He is concurrently High Commissioner to Jamaica.
Daniel is a career diplomat. During his time in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he has worked on a wide range of issues, from trade negotiations to counter-terrorism. Previous appointments included postings to the New Zealand embassies in The Hague and Seoul. He also undertook a secondment to the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully.
Prior to taking up his appointment in Ottawa, Daniel was the Head of the International Branch at the Ministry of Defence. The branch is responsible for providing policy advice to the government on international military deployments and other international defence engagements. As a senior official, Daniel was heavily involved in leading bilateral and multilateral defence diplomacy activities.
Daniel attended the University of Waikato in New Zealand where he studied Korean and Economics graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Management Studies with honours.
Daniel is joined in Ottawa by his partner Jane Hooker and two children. Daniel and his family are passionate about embracing the great Canadian outdoor lifestyle.