A native of British Columbia, Canada’s most western province, Christopher Thornley grew up in the Rocky Mountains. His scenic hometown of Golden is surrounded by spectacular national parks and is known for world-class alpine skiing. A graduate of the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University where he received a Master of Public Administration degree, he began his career with the Province of Nova Scotia in the field of international market development. Mr. Thornley subsequently joined the Canadian Foreign Service. His first posting was to Stockholm followed by an assignment to the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, U.S.A. From 1999 to 2002, he headed the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of the Philippines from 2010 to 2013 and High Commissioner to Ghana with concurrent accreditation to Togo and Sierra Leone from 2013-2016. At Headquarters in Ottawa, he has served in numerous assignments, including as Deputy Director responsible for bilateral relations with India, Director of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Division and Director of Foreign Service Assignments. He has also served as a Director and Acting Director General in the Markets and Industry Services Branch of the Canadian Department of Agriculture. He was appointed High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tomé and Principé on August 11, 2016. Mr. Thornley is married to Catherine Thornley who is also a Canadian public servant. They have two sons.