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Patrick Wittmann, Ambassador of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Patrick Wittmann, Ambassador of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein


Welcome to the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, in Bern!

Thank you for visiting our website.

Canada enjoys excellent relations with Switzerland and with Liechtenstein, and we greatly value the strong bonds between our countries, which include vibrant people-to-people ties.

Our common values also facilitate strong collaboration on important global issues, and our shared commitment to creating economic growth and prosperity reinforces dynamic and growing commercial partnerships.

Canada is a leading commercial partner with many unique advantages. This website provides information to help you explore investment opportunities with Canada and to discover Canada’s exceptional capabilities.

This website also addresses questions you may have about visiting, studying or moving to Canada.

For Canadians living in or visiting Switzerland or Liechtenstein, this website outlines available consular services, including passport and citizenship services.

We sincerely hope that you find the website useful, and we welcome your feedback on improving how we share information about Canada and the work of the Canadian embassy.


Patrick Wittmann studied at the University of Toronto and graduated with a BA Hons in History and Political Science in 1989. He continued his education at Oxford University, obtaining an MPhil in International Relations in 1991.

He worked as a special assistant to the head of the UN peacekeeping operation in Mozambique before joining Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1995.

During his time in Canada, he was the director of the UN and Commonwealth Affairs Division and of the International Defence Relations Division. He also served as the first Canadian political adviser at the North American Aerospace Defence Command in Colorado.

Most recently, he was assistant secretary to the Cabinet, foreign and defence policy, at the Privy Council Office.

In January 2022, he was appointed ambassador of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, with a 4-year mandate.

He is fluent in English, French and German. He is married to Catherine Stewart; they have 3 sons.

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