October 13, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario – Her Excellency Ines Coppoolse, the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada, presented the Letters of Credence, signed by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, during a virtual ceremony today.
The welcoming of new Heads of Missions usually takes place during an in-person ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. However, to ensure the health and safety of the participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was adapted to take place virtually.
Ambassador Coppoolse studied History/International Relations at the University of Amsterdam and commenced her career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. Prior to being appointed Ambassador to Canada, she was the Dutch Ambassador to Sweden.
In regards to her new posting in Canada, the Ambassador states: “Canada and the Netherlands have always shared a deep and enduring bond. During the Second World War, Canadian troops played a pivotal role in the liberation of the Netherlands and Canada provided shelter to members of our Royal Family. This forged a very special and unique relationship that still continues in the present.
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She continues: “More than 1 million Canadians are of Dutch descent. Both Dutch and Canadians share many of the same common values, including democracy based on the rules of law, the protection of human rights, and the fostering of an inclusive society. Our trade and investment relations are strong and we recognize that global challenges can only be tackled if we all work together.”
“When I joined the Dutch Diplomatic service, a posting in Canada was very high on my wish list. So I am really grateful that I now have the opportunity to contribute to the unique and special ties between our two countries during my assignment. The COVID-19 pandemic is of course a complicating factor for a new Ambassador, but I am sure that we will find pragmatic and creative ways to adapt. I look forward to get to know this fantastic country and meet as many people as possible. Digital or in person!”