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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.

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. They contribute to the economic development of the country and to the well-being of its citizens, as do Canadian companies in Spain. The free-trade agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU offers multiple new business opportunities between our countries. 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. 

There is a great similarity of vision and values in many priority issues for our countries —gender equality, climate change, renewable energy— as well as a progressive trade agenda, which ensures that trade and economic growth benefit everyone. We share a firm commitment with respect to an international order based on fair and equitable rules, to multilateralism and to diverse and inclusive societies. Canada and Andorra also belong to the great international community of the Francophonie, a fundamental component of our identity and our culture.

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. He is also Head of the Canadian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

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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2019-02-27