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Message from the Ambassador


Matthew Levin

   

 

Welcome to our Website!

It is an honour for me to be ambassador of Canada to Spain and Andorra. From our embassy in Madrid and our consulates in Barcelona and Malaga we work to promote Canada’s values and interests in Spain, Andorra and the world, and to strengthen the relationship between our countries.

2017 marks a very important milestone in Canada’s history: the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation ... We are a young country! On July 1, 1867, four provinces came together to give birth to the Dominion of Canada, which has since grown to become the Canada we know today.

Forged throughout history, the relationship between Spain and Canada is excellent. It dates back to the 16th century, when Basque fishermen hunted for whales on the shores of eastern Canada. They created what can be considered as the first foreign commercial operation on Canadian soil. In the 18th century, the numerous Spanish scientific expeditions undertaken on Canada’s west coast contributed to our history and helped us to better understand the life of Canada’s Indigenous people, the First Nations. These explorers left their mark in numerous places in Canada, such as Quadra Island, the city of Port Alberni and the Strait of Malaspina.

Today, Spanish companies bring their world-renowned skills and creativity to the Canadian economy in sectors such as agri-food, infrastructure and renewable energies, among others. They contribute to the economic development of the country and to the well-being of its citizens, as do Canadian companies in Spain. The exchanges between our citizens and especially among our young people have multiplied over the past few years. The resulting personal relationships will allow them to build bridges between our two countries.

Canada, Spain and Andorra share important values such as diversity and inclusion, which strengthen and enrich our societies. Canada and Andorra also belong to the great international community of the Francophonie, a fundamental pillar of our identity and our culture. Our countries are committed to the defence of human rights, the building of peace, democracy and international security. We share the same interest in working towards sustainable economic development and in combating climate change.

In 2016, Canada and the European Union signed a free trade agreement that will, once in force, create jobs and prosperity for the benefit of all. This progressive and inclusive agreement will allow us to increase labour mobility for our citizens, help small and medium-sized companies increase exports and overseas investments, and promote the values shared by Spaniards, Europeans and Canadians.

We invite you to visit our website. You will find detailed information about visiting, and studying in, Canada, business and investment opportunities as well as information of interest to Canadians visiting or residing in Spain.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any comments about our website or any other suggestions you may have.

Matthew Levin
Ambassador

 


Biography

Matthew Levin is Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra since September 2016.

His previous assignment was that of Director General of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at Global Affairs Canada. Through this Bureau and through Canada's mission network overseas, Mr. Levin was responsible for promoting bilateral and commercial relations with fifty-five countries and for managing institutional relations with the European Union.

Since he joined Global Affairs Canada in 1986, Mr. Levin has served abroad in Central America, Washington, and Moscow. He was Canadian Ambassador to Colombia from 2005 to 2008, and Ambassador to Cuba from 2010 to 2013.

Mr. Levin’s headquarters assignments include two years as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also Director of Operations at the Foreign & Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office (the Prime Minister’s foreign and defence policy department).

Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada, Mr. Levin taught English literature at the State University of Milan and worked for Amnesty International in Canada.

Matthiew Levin was born in Winnipeg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a Master’s degree in International Economics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California. He is married to Rosalba Imbrogno Levin. They have three adult children.

 

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2017-03-13