The Embassy’s main objective is to further cement the amicable bilateral ties between Ethiopia and the Canada, which dates back to 1965. The Embassy carries out official diplomatic activities and serves as a vital resource for Ethiopians in Canada as well as partners and friends of Ethiopia.
Fitsum Arega is presently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Canada. Following his appointment in December 2018, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the United States for over three years. In his capacity, Ambassador Fitsum leveraged his background as former Investment Head to promote trade and investment between the two countries.
From April 2018 to December 2018, Ambassador Fitsum served as Chief of Staff to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and steered the Office to a series of transformational economic and democratic reforms.
Since 2013 he served as a Commissioner (Head) of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). Under his leadership, the Commission played a catalytic role in Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth and has received broad accolades for his efforts as evidenced by the numerous international awards including from UNCTAD and The WB. He also promoted Ethiopia as an investment and sourcing destination, traveling to over 40 countries and meeting with businesses and brand leaders.
Before these appointments, he served as Head of the Addis Ababa Investment Agency, Head of the Addis Ababa Trade and Industry Bureau, and served in different public enterprises as board chairman and member.
Ambassador Fitsum is a Diplomat and a senior public sector leader who demonstrated capacity in communication and fundraising skills; also known for promoting and successfully engaging with diplomats, private sector, diaspora, academia and community leaders with an emphasis on economic and social development.
Ambassador Fitsum has an MA in Development Economics and Policy Management from the University of Manchester, an MBA from the Open University Business School, a PGD in Local Government Systems and Management from the University of Birmingham, a Certificate in Leading Economic Growth (Executive Education) from Harvard University Kennedy School. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ambassador Fitsum is married with three boys and a girl.
Deputy Head Of Mission
Ambassador Legesse Geremew Haile
Ambassador Legesse Geremew Haile assumed his post in Canada as Deputy Head of Mission on January 2021.
Responsible for coordinating the Embassy’s trade and investment activities and promoting Ethiopian tourism. The Department assists with enquiries from businesses that are looking to expand, or initiate, their activities in Ethiopia and works to increase trade relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.
Responsible for strengthening the political and economic relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.
Administration & Finance
Responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the embassy and for all matters related to finance, both internal and external.