Canada's Ambassador to Norway. Former Director General of Security & Intelligence at Global Affairs Canada. Writing about life on posting
Artur Wilczynski is Canada's Ambassador to Norway. Prior to his posting, he served as Director General of Security and Intelligence at Global Affairs Canada. He previously served as a senior official in a number of federal departments including Public Safety Canada and Canadian Heritage.
He played a key role in negotiating "Beyond the Border" - the security and prosperity declaration signed by the Prime MInister of Canada and the President of the United States. He was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France for his role in securing the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.
Artur has a Masters of International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University with a focus on security and intelligence. He is married to Randy Stocker - his husband and partner of 28 years. They live in Oslo, Norway with their dog Colt and cat Lilly.
What does the arrival of thousands of refugees mean to me and my family? Will we be safe? Will they integrate into Norwegian or Canadian society? How much will all of this cost? Canada and Canadians have answered these questions about refugees before. We have the experience of rescuing waves of refugees. We have the will and we have the compassion. I know. My family and I have been there. I am one of them. This is my refugee story.