Zaib Shaikh began his mandate as Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles in December 2018. He is the
Government of Canada’s senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
He comes to the posting after an extensive career in the media and entertainment industries having
worked as an actor and producer in theatre, film and television. His work includes acting roles in Deepa
Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children, as well as starring in the CBC comedy series Little Mosque on the
Prairie, which has been seen in more than 80 countries. Mr. Shaikh co‐produced the special Long Story
Short: CBC Turns 75 and co‐wrote, directed and co‐produced the film Othello: The Tragedy of the Moor.
He also co‐founded and served as an artistic producer of the Whistler Theatre Project in British
From 2014 until his appointment in 2018, Mr. Shaikh was the Film Commissioner and Director of
Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto. In that role, he oversaw and grew the city’s screen,
music, live festival, sporting event and tourism sectors, helping to double the value of film production in
Canada’s largest city which surpassed $2 billion in 2016.
Mr. Shaikh has served as a board member for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the Canadian Centre
for Diversity and Inclusion, and most recently, on the board of AFC (formerly the Actors Fund of
Canada). He has served on juries and committees for the Gemini Awards, ACTRA Awards, Ontario Arts
Council, and Theatre Ontario Youth Program as well as an ambassador for the Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health and for Amnesty International Canada.
Mr. Shaikh is married to Ms. Kirstine Stewart. They have two children.