My team and I are here to help Canadians working, visiting and living in our territory and to promote trade, investment and facilitate migration into Canada. We work closely with the private, public and voluntary sectors and with local, state and federal authorities.
David Fransen was appointed Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles by Prime Minister Harper in September 2008. He is Canada's senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
Prior to his appointment, he served as the Associate Vice President (Strategic Relations) at the University of Waterloo (UW) and as Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, also at UW. He was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) (Policy) at Industry Canada from 2004 until January 2006, responsible for the Government of Canada’s policies related to foreign investment, research and development, science and technology, commercialization, intellectual property, and small business. During this period, he was the Director of Investment Canada, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, Secretary of the Minister’s Expert Panel on Commercialization, a founding member of the Board of the Council of Canadian Academies, co-chair of the Interdepartmental ADMs’ Committee on Science and Technology, and member of the Board of the Standards Council of Canada.
From 2002 until 2004, Mr. Fransen was ADM (Industry Sector), responsible for the Government of Canada’s policies and programs relating to the auto, aerospace and defence, life sciences, cleantech, tourism, and manufacturing sectors. Also at Industry Canada, from 2001 until 2002, he was the Associate ADM (Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications), with particular responsibility for the policies and programs related to Canadians’ participation in the online world.
As Director General of the Center for Healthy Human Development at Health Canada from 1998 until 2001, Mr. Fransen led in the development of a federal-provincial agreement on early childhood development, a national diabetes strategy, and a national cancer control strategy. He was the Director General of the Office of Consumer Affairs from 1997 until 1998, and the Director of Economic Framework Policies at Industry Canada from 1995 until 1997.
Mr. Fransen served at the Privy Council Office from 1988 until 1995, first as an intelligence analyst (1988 until 1990), and then for five years as the Senior Officer for Environment. During this latter period, he led the interdepartmental efforts which developed Canada’s $3B Green Plan, established the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Mr. Fransen began his public service career as an historian at the Department of National Defence.
Mr. Fransen has a PhD in History from the University of Toronto, a BA and MA from the University of Waterloo, and a BTh from Canadian Mennonite Bible College.
He and his wife have two married children and five grandchildren.