QUEBEC CITY, 3rd Oct 2016: Today ambassador Henk van der Zwan is officially on the job: he presented his credentials today to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
Ambassador Van Der Zwan is looking forward to work with Canadians to maintain and expand the already rock solid relationship between Canada and the Netherlands. Deputy Head of Mission Frederieke Quispel accompanied ambassador Van Der Zwan to the capital of Quebec.
The newly appointed ambassador will raise awareness of “the Netherlands in Canada” in its broad sense and will brand the Netherlands as an innovative and green country, keen on sustainable solutions in urban environments (smart & liveable cities), education, focusing on trade and energy and working together on peace and security, and other important topics that bind Canada and the Netherlands.
Ambassador Van Der Zwan is looking forward to meet as many Canadians as possible and to have a firm understanding of the country and its people by talking to people from all walks of life in his host country. He feels honoured to serve in Canada, and is in awe of its magnificent beauty and space. The rock solid and unique relationship the Netherlands and Canada has developed over the years is not seen as a given, but as a huge privilege to work with and to further develop in the coming years.
Accreditation occurs when a new ambassador presents "letters of credence", or diplomatic credentials, to the host country's official head of state. Letters of credence, which are signed by the ambassador's own head of state, confirm that the ambassador is authorised to represent his or her country, and ask that the host country respect this fact.