The Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada, H.E. Alvin A. Smith, B.Sc., J.P., returned to The Bahamas on 7 November, having completed his tour of duty as The Bahamas’ Envoy to Canada. High Commissioner Smith assumed office in December 2017, becoming the 9th High Commissioner to serve as the Head of Mission in The Bahamas High Commission, and concurrently serving as The Bahamas’ Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Just before demitting office, High Commissioner Smith served as Chair of the CARICOM Caucus in Canada. He has had a long, varied and distinguished career, spanning from education as a teacher, holding managerial and leadership posts, and eventually entering politics in 1992 as a Member of the Free National Movement (FNM). He served, as Vice-President of the Senate from 1992 to 1995, and then as a Parliamentary Secretary from 1995 to 1997. His success in politics continued when he entered representational politics, winning his seat in the Constituency of North Eleuthera in 1997, 2002 and 2007 General Elections. He distinguished himself serving as the Leader of the Opposition from 2002 until 2005, and in 2007 he was given the further honour of becoming the Speaker of the House, in which capacity he served until 2012.
During his time as a Member of Parliament, Mr Smith also served as the Executive Chairman of The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation. He obtained his Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) Licence in 2014, and in the same year became a licensed life underwriter. This varied and successful career equipped the High Commissioner to execute his responsibilities with experience and honour as he represented The Bahamas in Canada, and at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Minister and the Ministry extend their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the High Commissioner for his dedicated service to the nation.
Ms Chanelle Brown, the First Secretary at the Mission in Ottawa, will serve as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., until a new High Commissioner is appointed and takes up post.