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E.U. Ambassador's Lecture

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Relations between the European Union and Canada:

History and Recent Developments

May 25, 2011

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

This symposium brought the general public to the University of Saskatchewan campus to hear E.U. Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann speak about E.U. and Canada relations now and in the past. A panel of experts, including Professors Jeremy de Beer, Robin Hansen and William Kerr, followed the Ambassador's public lecture with commentaries on this topic. Members of the public were invited to discuss with the Ambassador and the symposium's panelists their questions and perspectives on CETA and Canada-E.U. relations more broadly.

EU Ambassador's Lecture


Ambassador Matthias Brinkmann officially took up his duties as Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Canada on October 2, 2009, when he presented his credentials to the Governor-General, Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, at Government House in Ottawa. Ambassador Brinkmann comes to Ottawa from Brussels, where he was Head of Unit in the Directorate General for External Relations (DG RELEX), responsible for relations with non-EU countries in Western Europe. Matthias Brinkmann joined the European Commission in 1983, where he has held several positions in DG XII (Science, Research and Development), and since 1990 in DG I (External Relations – now DG RELEX). From 1987 to 1990 he was seconded to the Danish Ministry of Research. From 1992 to 1996 he served in the European Commission's Office in Stockholm as Head of the Press and Information Section, and later as Chargé d'affaires. Before joining the European Commission in Brussels, Matthias Brinkmann worked for a law firm in Hamburg, then for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, before becoming a judge at the Administrative Court in Hamburg. Ambassador Brinkmann has studied law and political science at universities in Göttingen, Freiburg and Strasbourg. His doctorate is in international law. Mr. Brinkmann speaks German, French, English and Swedish. He is married to Madeleine Daumerie and has four children.

More details, as well as photographs and video, are available here through the TETE project's partner for this event, the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.