TORONTO — Rana Sarkar, an Indo-Canadian who was until recently national director for high growth markets at the Toronto-based multi-national KPMG, has been named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government as Canada’s Consul-General to San Francisco.
Simultaneously, Sarkar has also been named a member of the high-profile Canadian official team for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and Mexico.
The Indo-Canadian community is elated over this very high-profile appointment:
"Rana Sarkar (previously president of Canada-India Business Council) brings an impressive array of skills to his new position as consul general in San Francisco," said Kasi Rao, currently president of the Canada-India Business Council and vice-president of the Asia-Pacific Foundation. "First, Rana is a global Canadian and has operated in multiple geographies — Canada, UK and India. Second, he has brought individual networks and made them into institutional ones.
"Rana has maintained an abiding interest in the ideas and innovation space and therefore will be adept at positioning the Canadian advantage in a critically important global city of San Francisco."
Gary Comerford, who until recently was president of C-IBC, said in an interview that Sarkar "will be a very strong addition to the Canadian-U.S. trade team. His knowledge and considerable expertise in the areas of international trade will be invaluable as the NAFTA agreement is modernized."
Sarkar was also a Liberal Party candidate for the federal riding of Don Valley North (in Toronto) in 2014 but was not successful and he later became a member of Prime Minister Trudeau's team of advisers.
Sarkar was also a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science and more recently a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Sarkar's appointment to the high profile position is among a series of appointments of Indo-Canadians made by the Justin Trudeau government. They include four Indo-Canadian federal ministers: Amarjeet Sohi, Minister for Infrastructure and Communities; Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business and Tourism and House Leader; Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister for National Defense; and Navdeep Bains, Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
More recently Trudeau named Anil Arora as Canada's chief statistician.
Two other high profile appointments include Sabi Marwah and Ratna Omidvar as senators.
There are 19 Indo-Canadian Members of the House of Commons, 18 of whom are Liberals.