Randolph Mank is a global business executive and a three-time former Canadian ambassador in Asia, with over thirty years of experience in the region and around the world. He founded MankAsia Consulting in 2014 to assist companies doing business in Asia. He also serves as a Board Director for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, and as a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
In his previous role as President Asia-Pacific for SICPA of Switzerland, he led a team offering systems to governments and corporations for tracking and tracing of illicit trade, as well as brand protection. Before that, in the role of Senior Advisor and Vice President Asia for BlackBerry, he handled high level government relations, public policy and business development for the smartphone maker across Asia.
In the public sector, Mank served as Canada’s Ambassador to Malaysia, where he supported a variety of companies, including Petronas and their Canadian partner on a major investment in the Canadian energy sector. He was also the Founding Patron of the Malaysia-Canada Oil and Gas Council.
Between 2008-10, he served as Ambassador to Pakistan, following five months of overseeing the Canadian Civilian Task Force for Afghanistan. He developed a Pakistan-Afghanistan border initiative and chaired the 2010 G8 working group, which collaborated with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank on financing cross-border infrastructure development. He supported Barrick Gold in their large mining investment in Balochistan during the period, as well.
Mank was Director-General for Asia at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade between 2006-08, guiding the work of eighteen missions and ambassadors in the region. He devised a re-engagement strategy with India and a plan for recalibrating Canadian representation there. At the same time, he served as Canada’s Senior Official for ASEAN, representing Canada at regional negotiations and conferences and advancing a Canadian action plan for ASEAN.
From 2003-06, he was Ambassador to Indonesia, where he led the Canadian response to the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh, while also working to boost trade and investment in mining, oil and gas, IT, financial services and other sectors. He advocated on behalf of Canadian companies investing in gas field development in South Sumatra, as well as nickel mining in Sulawesi. He had previously served as Counselor in Indonesia between 1988-90, with special responsibility for the oil and gas sector.
His other international assignments included Greece, Sweden and Japan. In Tokyo he spearheaded relations with the Japanese parliament for four years, advocating on behalf of a full range of Canadian interests, including aviation, building products and financial services. He then headed the G8 Foreign Minister’s Secretariat for Canada from 1999-2003, while serving as Director for Policy Planning in Ottawa. In the same role, he quarterbacked a Canadian foreign policy review.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, former Ambassador Mank obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and pursued PhD research on energy policy at The London School of Economics. He speaks Indonesian and Japanese, in addition to English and French. Among honours, he was Canadian Public Service Mentor of the Year in 1999, a Laurier Top 100 Alumni of Achievement in 2011, and shortlisted for Executive Director of APEC in 2012.