Martin Loken has served as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis since July 2008. He is Canada’s senior representative in the Upper Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Martin leads a team of professionals building two-way trade and investment ties, engaging decision-makers and citizens on a range of issues important to both countries and helping Canadians living and travelling in the region.
Martin joined Canada’s Foreign Service in 1990. He has served overseas at Canada’s Embassy in Prague, from 1992 to 1994; and at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations in Geneva from 1998 to 2002. He participated in the negotiations to bring China into the WTO and in the launch of the Doha Round of trade talks.
In various assignments at the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa, Martin has worked on a broad range of issues, including science and technology relations and human rights. From 2002 to 2008 he worked on several major trade agreements and negotiations, including serving as Deputy Chief Negotiator for free trade talks with Colombia, Peru and the European Free Trade Association and as Deputy Coordinator for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Martin and his wife Marianne Loken, a Minnesota native and graduate of Carleton College, have two children. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1989 with degrees in Systems Design Engineering and Arts. In the course of his studies he worked as a guest researcher investigating ultrasound imaging techniques at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Martin’s leisure-time pursuits include running, cross-country skiing, tennis and learning golf. He is more than half-way towards his goal of running a half marathon in each of the five states of the Consulate’s territory.