Diplomatic relations between Canada and Poland were first established with the Polish
government in exile in London on 9 February 1942.
Vanier George Philias
By October 1942, the Canadian Government decided that Canada's relations with the Allied
Governments then in exile should be handled by an Envoy Extraordinary and Minister
Plenipotentiary, who should reside in London, and be formally accredited to each of them;
namely, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Yugoslavia, Norway, the Netherlands, and Czechoslovakia.
Brigadier Vanier (later Major-General) fulfilled this role until December 30, 1943, when he left
London for Algiers to serve as the Canadian Government's Representative to the French
Committee of National Liberation.
From Vanier's departure until the end of the war, Canada's relations with the Allied Governments
in Exile were handled by Chargés d'Affaires.
Stone Thomas Archibald
On 6 July 1945, Canada officially recognized the Provisional Government of National Unity in
Poland and withdrew recognition from the authorities in London.
Kirkwood Kenneth Porter
A Legation was established in Warsaw on 7 May 1947
In view of the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, Mr. Kirkwood was instructed not to
present his credentials. Also, Canadian-Polish relations were disturbed at this time by the
question of the Polish Art Treasures.
McGreer Edgar D'Arcy
Mr. McGreer was appointed Chargé d'Affaires a.i. with the personal rank of Minister
Plenipotentiary. He presented his letter of introduction on 26 September 1950.
Southam Gordon Hamilton
On 24 May 1960, the Legation in Warsaw was raised to Embassy Status. Mr. Southam
became Canada's first Ambassador to Poland.