Ambassador Neil Reeder

Message from the Ambassador

On behalf of the Government of Canada I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.

The relationship between Canada and the Philippines has come a long way since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1949.  From then until now, both our countries have engaged on a number of significant issues to which Canadians and Filipinos attach great importance:  democracy, good governance, rule of law, and economic prosperity. 

The ties binding our two nations have grown much stronger and deeper in recent years.  This is evident in many levels – political, cultural, commercial, development assistance, and the movement of people between our countries.  The Embassy is committed to deepening our relationship by nurturing existing linkages and working to develop stronger ties of cooperation and understanding with the Government of the Philippines, members of civil society, and other international organizations. 

Canada is proud of the more than 800,000 Canadians of Filipino origin who continue to distinguish themselves by way of their immense social, cultural and economic contributions to our nation. As a community, they serve as the primary bridge between our two countries - “ambassadors of goodwill,” who are a driving force behind the vibrant engagement that Canada and the Philippines enjoy. 

I trust that you will find this website useful and informative. I encourage you to explore the links for detailed information on the range of services we provide. You will also find updated information on Canada’s ongoing activities in the Philippines and initiatives of interest to Canadians and Filipinos alike in our Highlights section.


Neil Reeder

Biography - Ambassador Neil Reeder

Bachelor of Arts, High honours, University of Saskatchewan, 1979; Bachelor of Journalism, Honours, Carleton University, 1981.

Neil Reeder joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1981 and has served abroad at Canadian diplomatic missions in Rabat, Washington, and Hong Kong. He was High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei, Darussalam from 1999 to 2002, and until August 2005, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada in Mexico. He was Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica with concurrent accreditation to Nicaragua and Honduras, from 2007 to 2010. He was awarded the “Order of Francisco Morazán” by the President of Honduras in recognition of his efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the political crisis in Honduras in 2009.

In Ottawa, Mr. Reeder undertook assignments in the East Asia Division, the Francophone Africa Division, and the Caribbean and Central America Relations Division. He also served as Public Liaison Officer in the Arms Control and Disarmament Division. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Foreign Policy Analyst (Asia Pacific) in the Foreign Affairs and Defence Secretariat in the Privy Council Office, where he was awarded a Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award by the Clerk of the Privy Council.

From 1997 to 1999, he was Director of the Media Relations office. From 2005-2007, he was Director General of the Communications Bureau.

Prior to his assignment in Manila, Mr. Reeder was Director General of the Latin America and Caribbean Relations Bureau from 2010-2013.

He was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of the Philippines in 
July, 2013 and presented his credentials to H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III on December 2, 2013.

Mr. Reeder is married to Irene Hansen-Reeder and they have three children.