Christopher J. Gunning recently arrived in Winnipeg to take up the position of Consul and Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The U.S. Consulate in Manitoba was formally opened on December 4, 2001 by U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci and Manitoba Premier Gary Doer. The Consulate’s primary mission is to foster close U.S./Canada ties in the Canadian heartland of Manitoba. More information on the Consulate can be found at http://winnipeg.usconsulate.gov/
Mr. Gunning, a career diplomat, joined the State Department in March 2003, and has served in Bangladesh, Japan, Gabon (also accredited to Sao Tomé and Principe) and most recently in Sri Lanka (also accredited to Maldives). In Sri Lanka Chris served as the Deputy Chief of Political Affairs, and the Maldives Unit Coordinator. He speaks French, Japanese, and Bangla, with varying degrees of proficiency.
Chris was born in Illinois, but grew up in Dallas, Texas (which remains his home). He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BA in Political Science, Japanese and Criminology, and did graduate-level coursework in Political Science and History at the University of North Texas. He is married to a Manitoban and has two small children who were born in the province.