Consular Corps of Alberta

Descriptions, duties and contact information for the province’s consular officers.


The Consular Corps of Alberta comprises the career and honorary consular officers resident in the Province of Alberta, representing countries from all areas of the world. In addition, certain consular officers who are located outside of Alberta have jurisdiction in the province.

For on information on foreign representatives in Canada, see the Government of Canada website.

Alberta's consular officers:

  • promote their country's trade, culture and tourist attractions in Alberta
  • assist citizens of the country they represent
  • administer oaths, legalize foreign documents, provide certificates, renew passports for their citizens, and provide visas to Albertans wishing to visit their country

Heads of Consular posts are divided into 4 main classes, namely:

  • Consul General
  • Consul
  • Vice-Consul
  • Consular Agent

Contact information

Career consular officers

Career officers are professional diplomats who are sent from their home countries to act as a representative in Alberta.

The career consular officers in Alberta are:

  • United States of America, Mr. Thomas Palaia, Consul General
  • Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Julius Torres, Consul General
  • United Kingdom, Ms. Caroline Saunders, Consul General
  • Japan, Mr. Kunihiko Tanabe, Consul General
  • United Mexican States, Ms. Paloma Villaseñor Vargas, Consul
  • People’s Republic of China, Ms. Xu Lu, Consul General
  • Republic of Colombia, VACANT

The Dean of the Calgary Consular Corps is Mr. Andres-Ignacio Talero Gutierrez, Consul General of the Republic of Colombia.

Directory of career officers in Calgary

Honorary consular officers

Honorary consular officers are Canadian citizens who have been asked by a country to be their representative in Alberta.

Directory of honorary officers in Alberta