Letters of Credence Ceremony - November 17, 2023

November 17, 2023

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, welcomed eight new heads of mission to Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

During the ceremony, the following new heads of mission presented their credentials to the Governor General:

His Excellency Jari Pekka Olavi Vilén
Ambassador of the Republic of Finland

Her Excellency Signe Fenja Burgstaller
Ambassador the Kingdom of Sweden

His Excellency Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic

Her Excellency Amal Bint Yahya Al Moallimi
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Martin Tlapa
Ambassador of the Czech Republic

His Excellency Carlos Alberto Franco França
Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil

His Excellency Gorgui Ciss
Ambassador of Senegal

Her Excellency Trine Jøranli Eskedal
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway

Upon their arrival in Canada, new heads of mission must present their letters of credence to the governor general before they can carry out their duties. Letters of credence are the official documents that accredit a diplomat as an ambassador or high commissioner to another country.