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His Excellency Ambassador Pedro Brêtas

His Excellency Ambassador Pedro Brêtas

Ambassador To Canada

Federative Republic Of Brazil

Ambassador Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He obtained joint degrees in both Law and Social Sciences at the Federal University of Brazil and later went on to pursue an additional degree in Public Administration at the Brazilian School of Public Administration of the prestigious think-tank Getúlio Vargas Foundation.

Ambassador Brêtas has an accomplished and very successful career as a diplomat. He received the Lafayette de Carvalho de Silva Award, first place in the national entrance examination for the preparation course for the diplomatic career and was awarded the Rio Branco gold medal for graduating first in his class.

Prior to becoming an ambassador, Mr. Brêtas was appointed the title of Advisor at the Central and North America Division (desk officer for Canada) later, the Executive Coordinator at the Office of the Minister of External Relations and finally, Head of the Southern America Division. His illustrious career has provided him with the opportunity to live abroad, working in many major and influential cities around the world.

In 2005, Ambassador Brêtas served as Special Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Transports of Brazil. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Director of the Secretariat for International Relations of the Presidency of the Brazilian Federal Senate.

Also in 2005, Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos was honourably awarded with the title of Ambassador for Brazil. He represented the country of Brazil in Dublin, Ireland for five years before accepting the title of Ambassador of Brazil in Canada. His new position brought him to Canada’s capital Ottawa, where he graciously represents Brazil and the continent of South America.

Ambassador Brêtas was awarded with decorations by the three branches of Brazil’s Armed Forces, by the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (Grand Cross) and by the Governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Portugal.

Ambassador Brêtas arrives in Canada with the purpose of deepening Brazilian-Canadian bilateral relations with a heavy emphasis and common interest in economic growth, science and technology, culture, multilateral commercialization, consular and education. He strongly regards and advocates for “Science Without Frontiers”, a program which is placing thousands of Brazilian students in Canadian universities. Furthermore, he acclaims and welcomes the high level of bilateral visits to Brazil by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in 2011, and Governor General David Johnston, in 2012.

He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Dr. Margarida Castanheira Rodrigues Brêtas Bastos and their three children.

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