High Commissioner Marina B. Laker

Message from the High Commissioner

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the High Commission for Canada in Brunei Darussalam.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Brunei are friendly and constructive.  The two countries established formal diplomatic relations on 7 May 1984, following Brunei's independence.  We have come a long way since then, and continue to build a relationship that is strengthened by cooperation in multilateral forums including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the World Trade Organization, and the Commonwealth.  Canada and Brunei also engage through dialogue with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Brunei is a founding member.  During Brunei’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2013, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Trade conducted bilateral visits and attended Ministerial meetings in Brunei.

A key focus of the relationship is trade and investment opportunities.  Canada's trade relationship with Brunei includes commerce across a number of sectors where Canadian firms are working in defence and security, information and communication technologies and in the growing halal pharma industry.  Brunei also continues to be a potential market for Canadian companies in the following sectors: oil and gas, clean technologies, agriculture and agri-food, aerospace and education.  The High Commission for Canada in Brunei Darussalam is committed to nurturing existing linkages and to building stronger bonds of cooperation and understanding between our two countries.

In 2017, Canada celebrates an important national milestone – 150 years of Confederation – and the world is invited to participate, celebrate, and explore the best that Canada has to offer. Canada’s tradition of ingenuity and culture of innovation, our natural wonders, our vibrant cultural scene and world-class talent will be on display throughout 2017 for all to enjoy at home and abroad. Join Canadians at home and abroad as we reflect on our rich history, heritage and diversity and chart our course to continue to offer the world a premier destination to visit, study, work, invest and live.  Canada has a long history of collaborating with global partners to promote peaceful pluralism; to protect human rights; to promote gender equality; and to support international institutions and a democratic society that supports middle class values.  In 2017, Canadians celebrate the connections we make on the world stage to address global challenges (like climate change) and to innovate in trading relationships to support the global economy and jobs in Canada.  Canada also celebrates a long tradition of reaching out across the world to support vulnerable populations and those in crisis.

Also in 2017, Canada and ASEAN will mark the 40th anniversary of Canada’s status as an ASEAN Dialogue Partner.  Canada is committed to strengthening its engagement with ASEAN and its member states - including Brunei -  through ongoing collaboration and through exploring new areas for cooperation. This includes ensuring that Canada joins the East Asia Summit at the earliest opportunity.

I trust that you will find this website useful and informative.  I encourage you to explore the links for detailed information on the range of services we provide. You can also visit our Facebook page @CanadianBruneiDarussalam where you will find informative posts on initiatives of interest to both Canadians and Bruneians alike.

Marina B. Laker
High Commissioner


Biography

Marina Laker
High Commissioner for Canada in Brunei Darussalam

Marina Laker joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1992.  She has served abroad at Canadian diplomatic missions in New York City (Permanent Mission to the UN), Damascus, Berlin and Kabul.  Ms. Laker has held various assignments at Headquarters, including deputy director of the Non-proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament Division and director of the Peacekeeping and Peace Operations Group in the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force. She has also led Canadian delegations to multilateral peacekeeping consultations and to the Australia Group, which works to prevent the spread of chemical and biological weapons.

Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Laker was a successful entrepreneur, and worked for seven years as vice president and managing director of Canadian Soccer Supply Co. Ltd.

Ms. Laker was born in Montréal, Québec.  She studied at Dawson College and Concordia University (Bachelor of Arts, 1985).