Deirdre Kent, Ambassador of Canada to Norway
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Canada in Oslo, Norway.
It is an immense pleasure and honour for me to serve as Canada’s Ambassador to Norway.
The Canada-Norway bilateral relationship, anchored in a shared WWII history, is dynamic and forward-looking. We benefit from mutual commercial and foreign policy interests, which flow from our common commitment to multilateralism, Human Rights, free and inclusive trade, peace and security, and the rules-based international order. Our citizens have significant person-to-person ties underpinned by immigration past and present.
People and partnerships are at the heart of the Canada-Norway relationship, and our embassy team is working to expand these important connections, be it in trade, investment, innovation, culture, youth, Indigenous peoples, science, and knowledge.
In the months and years ahead, I look forward to advancing the following priorities:
- reinforcing the strong bilateral relationship between Canada and Norway;
- strengthening cooperation between Canada and Norway in the Arctic, particularly within the Arctic Council, and through supporting the links between Canada’s and Norway’s Indigenous peoples to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples;
- diversifying trade and investment and pursuing innovation in the areas of energy, blue and green economies to combat climate change while growing our economies;
- building on our strong people-to-people ties, by focusing on youth, diversity, gender equality, as well as cultural and knowledge diplomacy.
The Embassy stands ready to provide consular support to Canadians. It is important for Canadians to know their responsibilities before they leave Canada. Please refer to travel.gc.ca to keep abreast of Canada’s Travel Advisories and Travel Reports.
If you are a Canadian resident in or visiting Norway, please take a moment to register online: Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA).
Deirdre Kent is the Ambassador of Canada to Norway. Prior to this role, Deirdre Kent served as the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to India (2019 to 2021), with concurrent accreditation to Nepal and Bhutan.
Previously, Deirdre Kent was the Director General for International Assistance Policy within Global Affairs Canada (2015 to 2019) responsible for advancing strategic and emerging policy issues.
Deirdre Kent joined Global Affairs Canada in 1994. Since then, her career has spanned international development policy and programming, peace and security issues and human rights with a focus on multilateral diplomacy.
Deirdre Kent served as Human Rights Counsellor at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2002 to 2006 and served abroad in Israel and the West Bank/Gaza.
Deirdre Kent holds a Bachelor of Science and an International Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
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