Ambassador's Message

Welcome to the Canadian Embassy in Iceland!

Ambassador Stewart Wheeler

Welcome to the official website of the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik. Since arriving in Reykjavik in October 2012, I have been struck by the warm welcome of Icelanders and I look forward to exploring this stunning country and meeting many more of its people as I discover its fascinating culture. 

Canada has a long standing and very close relationship with Iceland, starting some thousand years ago with Leifur Eiríksson's famous transatlantic voyage and the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador. Our ties have continued with the strong cultural heritage brought by the many Icelanders who settled in Canada a century ago and more, but who still proudly remain "Western Icelanders".

This relationship has also grown through our cooperation in various fora such as the Arctic Council, NATO and the UN. Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the states of the European Free Trade Association – including Iceland –offers a strategic advantage to traders of all our countries. Cultural and youth exchanges celebrate our shared heritage and build even stronger ties for the future.

We hope that this website will be another means for exploring the Icelandic-Canadian relationship.

Interested in Canada’s international initiatives, business opportunities, travel, study, cultural events...? Consult this website for latest updates.

Stewart Wheeler
Canada’s Ambassador to Iceland

Stewart Wheeler (BA Honours [International Studies], Trent University, 1992) began his career in the public service in 1993, working in the Public Information Office at the House of Commons. In 1994, he joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada. He has served abroad in Washington, D.C., as second secretary, covering congressional relations and energy trade policy; Bogotá, as political counsellor; London, as head of the public affairs team at Canada House; and Kabul, as political program manager at the Canadian embassy in Afghanistan (2010 to 2011). Mr. Wheeler has also had a variety of assignments at headquarters, serving as parliamentary relations officer, departmental spokesperson in the Press Office, deputy director of Mexico Relations, deputy director of corporate and internal communications, and, most recently, director of Cabinet relations. He earned the Minister’s Award for Foreign Policy Excellence as a member of the Kosovo Task Force in 1999. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Wheeler served as press secretary to the governor general and in that capacity accompanied the governor general on her State Visit to Iceland in 2003. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. Mr. Wheeler succeeds Alan Bones.