Administrator welcomes new heads of mission to Canada

March 22, 2021

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Administrator of the Government of Canada, welcomed one new high commissioner and four new ambassadors to Canada during a virtual ceremony on Monday, March 22, 2021

The following new high commissioner and ambassadors presented their credentials:

His Excellency Bogdan Mănoiu
Ambassador of Romania

His Excellency Dr. Khalilur Rahman
High Commissioner for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Her Excellency Guisela Atalida Godinez Sazo
Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala

Her Excellency Michelle Cohen De Friedlander
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic

His Excellency Emil Druc
Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova

New high commissioners and ambassadors, along with their families, are normally welcomed to Canada at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. To protect the health and safety of all participants, the presentations are currently taking place virtually.

Quick facts:

  • A key responsibility of the governor general is to represent Canada at home and abroad.
  • The governor general must officially welcome to Canada both high commissioners from countries of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not the head of State and ambassadors before they can carry out their duties.
  • Upon arrival in Canada, high commissioners from countries of which The Queen is not head of State and ambassadors provide the governor general with an official document issued by their head of State, appointing them as their diplomatic representative and giving them the authority to speak on behalf of their country.
  • A high commissioner is a representative of a Commonwealth country.
  • An ambassador is a representative of a country that is not part of the Commonwealth.
  • Currently, there are more than 180 missions accredited to Canada.

Media information:
Rideau Hall Press Office

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