All Ford operations in the British Empire/Commonwealth outside of Britain were divisions of Ford Canada (which for a long time was a completely separate company from the US company) until Ford Canada became a division of Ford’s US operations.
This included Ford Australia, Ford New Zealand, Ford South Africa, Ford India, and several more operations. This means that, very technically, the ute is a Canadian invention as the first “ute” was produced by Ford Australia. Kinda. Not really though.