I’m very happy to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Canada in Brussels. Our Embassy covers the full spectrum of our relations - political, economic, commercial, consular and cultural - between Canada on the one hand and Belgium and Luxembourg on the other. I hope that this website will allow you to appreciate the richness and scope of those relations.
Since arriving in Brussels, I have had the opportunity to visit several sites in Belgium and Luxembourg. Everywhere, I have been impressed by the warm welcome reserved to Canadians, by our shared history that is always present, by the solidity of our links and by the many events that continue to enrich those links.
Several examples of these types of events that I have been able to attend, come to mind: commemoration ceremonies to the memory of Canadian soldiers who were killed here during the First and Second World War; cultural events with Canadian artists; companies that announce new investments or new projects; our governments that often work together within multilateral organisations to find solutions to the many crises that affect our world.
Many Canadians live in Belgium or Luxembourg and I am also very pleased about the large number of Canadian visitors, students and professionals who come here and who enrich the links that unite us.
The year 2017 is a special year for Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary. It will be a new opportunity to congratulate ourselves about our relations, while looking to the future. Canadians, Belgians and Luxembourgers share the same fundamental values at a time when our societies face the same challenges: this is more than ever the moment for reflection, for openness and for dialogue, a dialogue that I find particularly productive and useful when our countries work together.
I hope that you find in these pages the information that you are interested in as well as the responses to the questions you may have. Do not hesitate to follow us via the Embassy Twitter account @CanEmbBeLux or via my personal Twitter account @NicoloffOlivier; send us your comments about the website by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you a productive visit.
Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
H.E. Mr. Olivier Nicoloff (BA [Political Science], McGill University, 1978; MA [International Relations], Laval University, 1982) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1987.
At Headquarters, he worked in the Human Resources Directorate (1991 to 1993) and held the position of coordinator of the Anti-personnel Mine Action Team (1999 to 2002). Overseas, he served in Abidjan (1988 to 1989), Dakar (1989 to 1991), Tunis (1993 to 1996), Moscow (1996 to 1999) and Prague (2002 to 2006).
Upon his return to Ottawa, he served as director of the Intergovernmental Relations Division (2006 to 2009), of the Democracy, Commonwealth and La Francophonie Division (2009 to 2012) and of the European Union and Europe Bilateral and Institutional Relations Division (2012 to 2016).
Mr. Nicoloff is married to Isabelle Guévin, and they have two adult children, Raphaël and Catherine.
Ambassador Nicoloff succeeds Mr. Denis Robert, who has returned to headquarters in Ottawa.
A high-resolution photo of the Ambassador is available for media upon request.