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The Future of Indo-Pacific Cooperation: An Australian Perspective

We were excited to host a virtual discussion with H.E. Natasha Smith, High Commissioner of Australia to Canada on July 8th! Watch the recording on YouTube here.

The discussion focused on Canada-Australia relations, security interests, transatlantic relations and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also touched upon many other interesting subjects!

The Australian High Commissioner to Canada is Her Excellency Ms Natasha Smith. Ms Smith took up her appointment in February 2018. Ms Smith is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Ms Smith has served overseas as First Secretary in Indonesia and Counsellor at the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York. Ms Smith’s career in DFAT and previously the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) spans over 25 years and has included a broad range of policy, program and corporate roles, in Australia and overseas. This has included leading the Afghanistan and Pakistan, Workforce Strategy and Security, and Humanitarian Response Branches. She was also a member of the Task Force charged with overseeing the major change process to integrate AusAID and DFAT into a single department. Ms Smith is also one of DFAT’s inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Champions.

NATO Association of Canada
The NATO Association of Canada (NAOC) strives to educate and engage Canadians about NATO and its goals of peace, prosperity and security. The NAOC ensures Canada has an informed citizenry able to participate in discussions about its role on the world stage.