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Canada and Brazil Build a Common Agenda

As Canada's Ambassador to Brazil and on behalf of my colleagues, Consuls-General Sanjeev Chowdhury in Rio de Janeiro and Stéphane Larue in São Paulo, and our team – welcome to our website.

I am delighted to represent Canada in this warm and dynamic country, working to enhance our already positive bilateral relations.

The Canada-Brazil relationship is multidimensional. Our countries are developing a common agenda for innovation, guided by the inaugural Joint Science and Technology Action Plan, which was launched during the Governor General’s visit to Brazil in April last year.  A key focus of this Action Plan is research and development for commercialization in strategic areas (life sciences, ocean technology, information and communications technology, clean energy/green technology and nanotechnology), as well as researcher and student exchanges. It is an ambitious plan to accelerate cooperation between our scientific and technological communities and to forge deeper ties between our educational institutions, industry and governments.

There’s no doubt that we have an exciting and promising agenda on education. In April 2012, Canada’s Governor General visited Brazil to meet with President Dilma Rousseff and jointly launch Canada’s contribution to the Brazilian flagship education program – Science without Borders.  The Governor General also led, along with a growing host of Canadian partners (including AUCC, ACCC, CALDO, CBIE and Mitacs), an unprecedented delegation of 30 university presidents.

This puts Canada among the main international partners of Science without Borders. As a centre of educational excellence, Canada is the ideal destination for young Brazilians in this program. We also offer a wide array of scholarships to study in Canada, including the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), in which Brazil is the largest recipient.

Our six Government of Canada offices in Brazil – the Embassy in Brasilia, the Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and our trade offices in Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Recife work closely with Brazilian partners to promote opportunities for our new generation of leaders and innovators. Our objective is to create and market new technologies to help shape global trends over the next decades.

It is an honour to be the Ambassador of Canada to Brazil at such an exciting moment for both our countries.


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