The Consulate-General in Vancouver
Our consulate-general is in the city of Vancouver in the province of British Columbia, Canada. We represent the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
The city of Vancouver
Vancouver is around 7,300 kilometres – 9.5 hours’ flight – from Amsterdam. The city has a population close to seven hundred thousand and is part of Greater Vancouver, a metropolitan region with a population of nearly 2.5 million. (Statistics Canada, 2016)
The city’s GDP is ~6% of Canada’s total GDP. Statistics Canada, 2017) Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and is the country’s tech hub.
With an immigrant population of more than 40%, Vancouver is like Toronto one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The five main ethnic groups are Chinese, English, Canadian, Irish and Scottish. Vancouver is a melting-pot of religions and cultural groups from all over the world and, of course, Canada’s indigenous communities. British Columbia has a population of nearly five million, nearly half of whom live in Greater Vancouver. (Statistics Canada, 2017)
Team Vancouver consists of eight staff members headed by Consul General Sebastiaan Messerschmidt. We represent the interests of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its citizens in the western part of Canada (Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan and the Yukon and Northwest Territories). The Consulate General’s work focuses on economic cooperation and supporting the Dutch business community in this area. René Borghouts is the Deputy Consul General. The Economic Affairs team comprises Maarten den Ouden and Ima Nahumury. Irene Visser is the General Affairs officer, Marieke Luit is the personal assistant to the Consul General. Given the many Dutch nationals in West Canada, consular services are an important part of our work; Mitra Davari and Toon van den Heuvel make up the consular team.
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