In the conversation following the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Rava and Governor General reaffirmed the good relations between Estonia and Canada. “Canada has a large and vibrant Estonian community that dates back to the time when Estonians were fleeing occupation,” Rava said. “Canada opened its doors and hearts to us and it was also one of the first countries to recognise the restoration of our independence. All this is a testament to our friendship.”
Rava added that now Canada and Estonia are standing with Ukraine together, as it is fighting for its sovereignty and democratic values in Russia’s brutal war for seven months now. “I am happy to note that both Estonia and Canada provide humanitarian and defence aid to Ukraine, until Russia loses this war.”
The ambassador thanked Canada for its notable contribution in NATO and to European security. Estonian entrepreneurs are also very interested in the market of Canada, a top global economy. “Canada’s investments in Estonia are visible every day in a famous brand on our wholesale fuel market, and we are also connected by the production of earth elements that are critical for global supply chains.”
Margus Rava was born in 1964 in Tallinn. In 1989, he graduated from the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute with a degree in electrical engineering, and in 1992, he graduated from the Estonian School of Diplomacy. In 1991, Margus Rava joined the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1994 and 1997, he worked as a diplomat in the Estonian embassy in Riga and from 2000 to 2002, he was an economic diplomat at the Estonian embassy in London. From 2002 to 2006, Margus Rava was the Director General of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department. Between 2006 and 2010, he was the Estonian Ambassador to France and the Permanent Representative of Estonia to UNESCO. From the autumn of 2010 to summer of 2013, he worked as an Ambassador at Large for Energy and Climate. From 2013 to 2018, Rava was the Estonian Ambassador to Greece, Cyprus and Albania. From 2018 to 2020, he was Director of the Division for Trade Policy and Economic Organisations, an Ambassador at Large for economic cooperation with Africa, and until his appointment to Canada in August this year, he was Acting Director of the Division for Business Diplomacy Development.
Photo credit/Mention de source: Sgt Mathieu St-Amour, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG Ottawa, ON, Canada