Consul General of Switzerland

 Consul General of Switzerland Urs V. Strausak

I would likeConsul General of Switzerland to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the Consul General of Switzerland in Vancouver. At the beginning of June 2011 my spouse, Martina Feil, and I arrived in Western Canada.
In 1981, my very first posting with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs was in Algeria. After this, I moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, and stayed in the southern regions of Africa for four and a half years before heading back to Europe where I was posted in Düsseldorf. Two years later, I returned to Switzerland for a time and then headed off to the Consulate General in Sydney. After this posting, I returned once more to Bern. In 2002, I moved to Los Angeles where I stayed for nearly four years before I found myself travelling back to Africa, and this time to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the Deputy Head of Mission.
In 2006, I was promoted to Consul General and called on by the FDFA to travel to St. Petersburg where I opened the Consulate General. Later, I was once again transferred to Düsseldorf, but this time as Head of post.
Over all these years, the needs and desires of the local Swiss community have always been close to my heart, and over time I have developed many important acquaintances as well as some very close friendships. I hope that it will be no different here in Western Canada and I look forward to having regular contact with you.
It goes without saying that I would like to get to know you personally and will take part in your local club’s activities whenever possible, and I hope you will also allow my colleagues at the Consulate to take part in your cultural events.
I wish you all the best, and look forward to meeting with you.
The Consul General of Switzerland
Urs Strausak
 Consulate General of Switzerland
790 – 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC  V6C 3E1
Tel.     604 684 2231
Fax     604 684 2806
 
Territorial jurisdiction: provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories

Consul General of Switzerland Urs V. Strausak