Message from the High Commissioner David Angell

Welcome to the website of the High Commission of Canada to Kenya. I am honoured to be representing Canada in this beautiful country, to build on an already strong relationship between Canada and Kenya. I am also honoured to represent Canada as its High Commissioner to Rwanda and Uganda as well as its Ambassador to Burundi and Somalia, in addition to being Canada’s representative to the United Nations Office in Nairobi, where the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are headquartered.

The dedicated staff at the High Commission in Nairobi and our Office in Rwanda work to deliver a wide range of programs, including consular services, political and economic relations, trade and investment, international education, development cooperation, defence and security cooperation, and immigration processing. Through our Consulates in Kampala (Uganda) and in Bujumbura (Burundi), we also offer a gateway to consular services to the large number of Canadians living in or vacationing in these countries.

The bilateral relationship between Canada and Kenya continues to be strong and founded on shared interests. Indeed, Canada and Kenya have a shared Commonwealth heritage and we continue to collaborate on multilateral issues including as members of the United Nations. We are like-minded partners on many issues, including governance, security and cooperation in international fora. In November 2012, Kenya was elected to a seat on the 47-member UN Human Rights Council. Kenya’s membership on the UN Human Rights Council is an opportunity for it to be a regional leader on human rights issues, and for Canada and Kenya to work together on global human rights issues.

Canada’s cooperation with not only Kenya but with Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda is both multifaceted and significant. We value our relationships and continue to build on a strong foundation.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about Canada and our bilateral relationships with our countries of accreditation.

Canada is, geographically speaking, the second largest country in the world and the third largest economy of the Americas. Its multicultural society has a unique character, and both French and English are official languages and are spoken in the country. Canada is a world leader in energy, telecommunications, information technology, transportation, construction, mining and environmental technologies. Canada is also well-known for the excellence of its educational institutions. If you would like to learn more about Canada or on visiting Canada, our website provides an excellent starting point for you to find the information you need. This website also describes the services we provide to Canadians living, visiting, and doing business in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

If you are a Canadian resident or citizen visiting, working or living in any of our countries of accreditation, please take a moment to register online using the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) webpage, or by coming to the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi, or any of our offices in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda so we can have your coordinates should we need to contact you in the case of an emergency.

I invite you to explore our site, hoping that it will be useful for you.


David Angell
High Commissioner

Biography - High Commissioner David Angell

David Angell (BA [Political Science], Yale University, 1986; MA [International Relations], University of Toronto, 1987; MPhil [International Relations], University of Cambridge [Commonwealth Scholar], 1988) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1989 and served abroad in Washington, D.C. (1991 to 1993); in Northern Ireland as adviser to Gen. John de Chastelain in the peace process (1995 to 1996); at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1996 to 2001), including as Alternate Representative on the UN Security Council (1999 to 2000); and as High Commissioner in Nigeria and  Ambassador to the Economic Community of West African States (2004 to 2007). In Ottawa, he served as Director General of the Africa Bureau (2007 to 2008), the International Organizations Bureau (2008 to 2009) and the integrated International Organizations, Human Rights and Democracy Bureau (2009 to 2012). He served as the G-8 Deputy Africa Personal Representative from 2001 to 2004 and, from 2007 to 2012, as the G-8 Africa Personal Representative and, as such, was closely involved in the organization of the 2002 and 2010 G-8 Summits in Canada, at Kananaskis and Muskoka. He is married to Kate, and they have two children, Alexandra and Jonathan.