Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food  Minister Lawrence MacAulay has named Diedrah Kelly as Executive Director of Canada's new Indo-Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Office (IPAAO) in the Philippines.

Kelly has 20 years of international experience with Global Affairs Canada, served as Canada's Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and was also Consul General of Canada in Mumbai, India.

The Philippines office represents a $31.8 million investment from the Government of Canada and will support the trade pillar of Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Global agri-food and seafood imports into the ASEAN markets have increased by 177% from 2012 to 2022 (from CA$72 billion to CA$200 billion).

The Indo-Pacific region represents a key market for Canada.