Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to the virtual gateway between Canada and Guyana, CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and Suriname.

Canada enjoys a long history of positive relations with Guyana, CARICOM and Suriname. As part of Canada’s engagement in the Americas, a key foreign policy priority for the Government of Canada, our goal is to expand and deepen Canada’s political, economic, trade, security and development agendas in Guyana, the CARICOM region, and Suriname while ensuring that they are mutually reinforcing and mutually beneficial. 

Canada and Guyana share many similarities.  Both countries are endowed with remarkable natural beauty and abundant natural resources that provide the foundation for our economies.   The economies of Guyana and Suriname are significantly concentrated on the agriculture and extractive industries which means they are subjected to commodities price volatility. However both countries are amongst the top economic growth performing countries in the Caribbean. Over the years Canada, Guyana and Suriname trade relations have increased due to the growing interest from major Canadian companies, in the extractive, infrastructure and financial sectors. Guyana is also among Canada’s largest trading partners within CARICOM The presence of Canada’s largest banks in Guyana and Suriname and multiple Canadian companies in the extractive            sector (mining and oil and gas) of both countries are to our mutual benefit and speak to our growing commercial relationship.  Canadian businesses have much to offer as they continue to contribute to job creation and prosperity in Guyana and Suriname. 

Canada and Guyana gain from being multicultural societies with unique characters.  Both our democracies must accommodate differences and forge a consensus between diverse peoples.   The several hundred thousands of Guyanese who have made Canada their home are making an invaluable contribution to Canada’s economy, political life and culture. 

Security is yet another area where Canada and Guyana have shared interests.  Globalisation has meant that strengthened security in Guyana leads to strengthened security in Canada, and vice versa.  Canada will partner with Guyana to address the mounting regional security challenges that we both face.

The High Commission also represents Canada at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown.  Canada’s engagement in the CARICOM region focuses on promoting Sustainable Economic Growth, advancing regional integration and cooperation strengthening security and democratic institutions, and building lasting relationships.  The Caribbean region is one of Canada’s countries of focus for international development.

In Suriname, bilateral relations are characterised by the important contributions of Canadian companies in the mining sector and the presence of major Canadian banks. 

The High Commission is actively engaged in strengthening Canada’s relations with Guyana, CARICOM and Suriname by promoting a range of common interests, including trade, (commercial and trade are used interchangeably) commercial, and aid, as well as by promoting education and providing consular services to Canadians.  We are here to support you.

I encourage you to explore this website and our social media platforms: on Facebook Page – The High Commission of Canada to Guyana and Suriname and on Twitter - @canambguyana to learn more about Canada and Guyana, CARICOM and Suriname. 

Welcome!

Pierre Giroux
Canada's High Commissioner to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
CARICOM Representative
Canadian Ambassador to Suriname (designate)


Biography – Pierre Giroux

Pierre Giroux (BA [Economics], Université de Montréal, 1974) has worked in the federal public service for 34 years, during which time he has held a wide range of positions relating to international affairs. Overseas, Mr. Giroux has served as ambassador to El Salvador, chargé d’affaires en pied to the Dominican Republic, deputy head of mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., Canadian representative on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s development assistance committee in Paris, adviser in the Canadian embassies to Venezuela and to Algeria, cooperation section chief in the Canadian embassies to Tunisia and to Guatemala, and technical expert in planning for the governments of Mali and Haiti. He speaks fluent French, Spanish and English.