EU and Canadian Relations: History and Future (Upcoming Lecture)

Matthias Brinkmann3_1Location: Room 212, Geography Building – UBC

The IES is proud to announce that, as part of the Jean Monnet Outreach Series, the Head of the EU Delegation to Canada, Matthias Brinkmann, will be giving a talk titled ‘EU and Canadian Relations: History and Future’. The talk will take place on 08 March 2011 at the Geography Building on the UBC campus.

To RSVP, email europe(at)interchange.ubc.ca. Please RSVP no later than Thursday 01 March as space for this event is limited.

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.