Ambassador Julie Shouldice

Message from the Ambassador

«AKWABA! » or welcome to the Embassy of Canada in Côte d’Ivoire’s website.

You will find useful information about bilateral relations between Canada and our two countries of accreditation: Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, as well as services offered by the Embassy.

In addition to the consular and passport services offered to Canadian citizens in Côte d'Ivoire, the Embassy also offers services to those who are interested in learning more about Canada, business opportunities, immigration and working and studying in Canada.

You can count on the whole team at the Embassy of Canada in Abidjan to help you with consular matters, or to assist you with your projects, be they economic, commercial, academic or of another nature.

2017 is a special year for Canada: it was in 1867 that the Canadian Confederation was created.  This year, Canada celebrates the 150 anniversary of this Confederation. A number of activities are taking place until the end of the year, in Canada and abroad, including in Côte d’Ivoire. There is no better way to celebrate than with friends! 2017 is also the time to visit Canada and enjoy the celebrations that will take place across the country, from the Maritimes on the East coast to British Columbia on the West coast.

2017 is also a special year for Côte d’Ivoire with Abidjan having hosted the Francophonie Games in July. The 8th edition of the games gathered more than 4000 participants from over 45 countries competing in 8 athletic competitions and 7 artistic contests. Canada was represented by over 350 participants. This Francophonie celebration highlighted our membership in the Francophonie community and was a success for the host country, Côte d’Ivoire.

The year 2017 will also be noted, I hope, by strengthening the already excellent relations between Canada and Côte d’Ivoire.  The strong relations between our two countries are showing signs of expansion, as demonstrated by growing trade relations and the increasing number of visitors and Ivoirian students in Canada.  This relationship is also based on common values: openness, diversity of culture, harmonious co-existence and tolerance. We also share the desire to ensure that the world is more stable and secure.

Canada wishes to continue supporting Côte d’Ivoire towards its emergence. Social stability and inclusive growth are key not only for the future of Ivoirians, but for that of the sub-region.  I hope that this year, and the ones to come, are those of the development and fulfillment of Canadian and Ivoirian people, and of the strengthening of cooperation between our two countries.

I invite Canadians and other visitors to like our Facebook page and to follow us on Twitter (Côte d’Ivoire) and Twitter (Liberia) to stay informed of our activities including the next #Canada150 celebrations.  If you are a Canadian citizen residing in or visiting Côte d’Ivoire or Liberia, I encourage you to register on the Registration of Canadians Abroad service, which will inform us of your presence and help us in contacting you in case of emergency.  You can also read the Travel Advisories for Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and neighbouring countries.

It is an honour for me to represent Canada in Côte d’Ivoire.  I invite you to explore our website.  Do not hesitate to send us your comments on the site and any questions you may have for the Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Enjoy our website!

Julie Shouldice


Julie Shouldice (BA Hons [Political Science] University of Toronto, 1998; MA [Peace and Conflict Studies] University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, 2002) was most recently working abroad at the Canadian high commission in Pretoria as head of cooperation for South Africa and director of the Kenya and South Africa development programs.

Prior to this, at Headquarters, Ms. Shouldice was director for education, child protection and gender equality, and acting director general for social development. She has held other positions in the Government of Canada in the areas of humanitarian assistance, public health and multilateral programming. During her time with Global Affairs Canada, she has represented Canada in numerous international forums, including during the renegotiation of the Food Aid Convention and the Global Partnership for Education.

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Ms. Shouldice worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh and Burundi, for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Croatia and for the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa.

Ambassador Julie Shouldice