Ambassador Artur Wilczynski

Message from the Ambassador

Many thanks for visiting our website. I hope it will be another useful vehicle for you to explore and strengthen the already thriving ties between Canada and Norway.

Our work at the Embassy here in Norway is all about people and partnerships. 

People means helping to introduce everything Canada has to offer as a destination for education, exploration, travel, and as a place to invest and do business with. It also means working hard on behalf of Canadian citizens who may need consular assistance in Norway.

Partnerships means joining with our Norwegian counterparts to expand our trade, investment, innovation and knowledge.  It is the opportunity to discover the spirit of our societies through arts, culture, and sport. It is about sharing best practices.  

And it means cooperating to make the world safer, more secure, more respectful of human rights and a better place for all.

Please visit often to find out about events we are planning or to read stories about our activities.  You can also follow the work of the Embassy and me as Ambassador on our respective Twitter feeds, on Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Biography - Ambassador Artur Wilczynski

Artur Wilczynski was named Ambassador to Norway on September 26th, and presented his credentials to HM King Harald V on December 11th 2014.  Prior to this he was the Director General of the International Security and Intelligence Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.  His responsibilities included counter-terrorism, combating transnational organized crime, human smuggling and international defence relations.  This covered work with a number of international organizations including NATO, the OSCE and the UNODC.  From 2010 to 2012, he was the Departmental Security Officer, and responsible for the security of Canadian missions abroad.

Prior to joining the then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2010, Artur held a number of positions within the federal government including Director General of International Affairs and Border Policy at Public Safety Canada.  He also served as Director General of Strategic Policy, Planning and Research at Public Safety Canada.
Artur led security sector needs assessments to Mexico and the Caribbean, and was a member of the whole of government “Rolling Start” team planning civilian deployments in Afghanistan.  He served as Public Safety Canada’s representative on the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force Advisory Board, as well as the Anti-Crime Capacity Building and Counterterrorism Capacity Building Program advisory boards.  Artur led discussions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security aimed at advancing a shared vision of security between Canada and the United States that resulted in the “Beyond the Border”.    

He served as the Director of International Relations at the Department of Canadian Heritage, was Chair of the Organisation of American States’ Inter-American Committee on Culture, and Chair of the Working Group on Globalization at the International Network on Cultural Policy (INCP).  He was elected Rapporteur for the negotiations of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions by members of UNESCO.  Artur was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France for his work on cultural diversity.

Artur has a Bachelor of Arts, High Honours in Political Science from Carleton University, as well as a Master of Arts, International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs where he focused his studies on terrorism and intelligence.  He is married to Randy Stocker.