Message from the High Commissioner

Thank you for visiting the website of the High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam. As the High Commissioner, I have the honour of welcoming all who visit this site.

Canada and Brunei Darussalam established formal diplomatic relations on 7 May 1984, following Brunei's independence.  Together we have built a constructive bilateral relationship strengthened by our cooperation in multilateral forums including APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), the World Trade Organization, and the Commonwealth.  Canada and Brunei also engage through Canada’s role as a Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Brunei is a founding member and I am very much looking forward to Brunei’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021. Canada’s partnership with ASEAN supports the region’s security, economic and resilience goals, centred on the close relationship between the peoples of ASEAN and Canada.

The team of professionals who work at the High Commission are committed to defending and promoting Canadian interests and values in Brunei, including consular assistance and business development services to Canadians, as well as a wide range of bilateral partnerships. For example, Canada’s 2018 G7 commitment to rid our oceans of global marine litter and plastic pollution will have a direct positive affect on Brunei’s beautiful coastline.

Canada’s commitments to promote women’s empowerment and invest in growth that works for everyone align closely with Brunei’s vision for the future, Wawasan 2035, which prioritises education and sustainable economic growth. Canada and Brunei share a focus on our trade and investment relationship in which Canadian companies work closely with Bruneian firms to explore opportunities and nurture existing partnerships. Our respective young people will be the beneficiaries of reinforced people-to-people linkages, as Bruneian students discover the benefits and opportunities of studying in Canadian universities, colleges and secondary institutions.

The High Commission works closely with our Bruneian partners to further develop and optimize the exciting opportunities to be found in the areas of trade and investment. In Brunei, Canadian firms are already working in the oil and gas, agriculture and agri-food, information and communication technologies, cleantech, aerospace, defence and security sectors. Brunei is also a potential market for Canadian companies in the areas of education, science, and technology and innovation and I look forward to further expanding our trade and investment relationship in pursuing opportunities between our countries.  I am happy to note that Canada’s early ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) gives us first-mover advantage to reduce tariffs and help Canadian businesses succeed in finding new partners in Brunei and across the region.

As a newcomer, I was immediately struck by the warm and friendly welcome I have received by the people of Brunei and I hope to engage with as many of you as possible, in person and via social media. I encourage you to visit our official Facebook page @CanadainBruneiDarussalam and Twitter @CanHCBrunei where you will find informative posts on initiatives of interest to both Canadians and Bruneians alike.

I hope that you will find this website helpful, whether you are a Canadian planning to visit or already living here or you are a Bruneian thinking about studying or holidaying in Canada or partnering with the High Commission.

Jeanette Stovel
High Commission of Canada in Brunei Darussalam

 

Jeanette Stovel, High Commissioner-Designate