Rita Rudaitis-Renaud
Ambassador of Canada to Guatemala and High Commissioner of Canada to Belize

Message from the Ambassador

I welcome you to Canada’s web page for Guatemala and Belize.  It is an honour and a privilege to represent Canada in these two beautiful countries.

Canada and Belize have positive bilateral relations, based in part on our shared historical traditions, systems of government and cultural ties as members of the Commonwealth. Canada works in Belize in several areas including development, defense, citizen security and climate change.  We invite you to follow us on our Facebook page of the High Commission of Canada to Belize or on Twitter at @CanadainBelize.

Canada has an overall good relationship with Guatemala, spanning more than 58 years of bilateral engagement and 45 years of development cooperation. We collaborate to promote security, human rights, good governance and economic opportunities for all. We work together to improve the lives of the most vulnerable - women, youth, Indigenous populations and marginalized groups. Our commercial relations continue to grow and diversify as we work on promoting responsible business conduct and a mutually beneficial trade and investment relationship.

The Canadian Embassy aims to providing Canadian visitors all the information they might need to enjoy their stay in Guatemala or Belize, and visit their beautiful touristic sites, under the advisory of our Consular Section.  Before starting your trip, visit the information available in our pages for Travel to Guatemala, or Travel to Belize.

The Commercial Section works closely with different Canadian companies that wish to establish links with Guatemala and/or Belize.  These companies have a lot to offer and many of them make important contributions to the economy of both countries.  In Guatemala there is a Canada-Guatemala Chamber of Commerce, which supports its members to expand their opportunities for investment in the country.

Canada and Guatemala maintain an active cooperation in a number of key areas for both countries.  Canada supports growth that works for all and inclusive governance, with a focus on Indigenous women and youth. Canada is helping to improve food security and nutrition while increasing climate change resilience and economic growth opportunities in the agricultural sector. Canada also supports Guatemala’s anti-corruption efforts and access to justice for the most vulnerable. Canada is engaged in building capacity for women’s organizations and supporting women leaders to ensure that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are integrated into all initiatives.  Belize benefits from the Caribbean Development Program. Canada’s security programs (including the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program and the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program) have funded projects aimed at improving citizen security, justice, and fundamental human rights over the past several years in both countries.

Young people, who wish to explore the possibilities to study in Canada, visit our site to see the many alternatives offered by Canadian institutions.

It is a pleasure for me to represent my Government and invite you to take a look at all that Canada has to offer in every area, culture, education, tourism, trade.

The Visa Application Process is simpler, providing our visitors with a more agile process.  I invite you to read about the different options available and choosing the option that best fulfills your needs.

I am sure that when exploring this web page you will get to know more about the services offered by this Mission and answer questions you might have.

Sincerely,

Rita Rudaitis-Renaud
Ambassador to Guatemala
High Commissioner to Belize

Biography

Rita Rudaitis-Renaud (Master’s of Public Administration [MPA], Queen’s University, 1986, BA Honours (Political Science), University of Toronto, 1984).  She joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in January 2001 as Associate Director, Planning Program Analysis and Planning Division, and has held positions as Director, Property Program, Executive Director, Employee Services and recently Director, Client Relations Division in the International Platform Branch.

Positions overseas included Moscow from 2007-2010 where she served as Counsellor (Management) and Consul General and was later posted to Mexico City where she served as the Minister Counsellor (Management) and Consul General from 2012-2015.

Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Rudaitis-Renaud was Director of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat.  Previously, she has also worked in the Department of National Revenue Customs and Excise both at headquarters and in the region in Shawinigan, Quebec.  She also worked in the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Housing and at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

She is married to Jean-Louis Renaud.

Ambassador - Rita Rudaitis Renaud