Message from the Ambassador

François RivestThank you for visiting our website.  I also invite you to follow us on social media in English and French (twitter: @CanEmbAFG, @AmbCanAFG, Facebook: Canada’s Engagement in Afghanistan, L’engagement du Canada en Afghanistan).

Canada remains committed, together with the international community and the Government of Afghanistan, to helping Afghans create a sustainable future, a more peaceful environment that is safe and secure and a country that is well governed and in control of its own destiny.  In July 2016, Canada announced a comprehensive package of $465 million in security and development support to Afghanistan.  

In keeping with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy announced in June 2017, our assistance and activities in Afghanistan prioritizes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls while also emphasizing human dignity (which entails access to health care, nutrition and education) inclusive governance (gender equality, human rights, rule of law, and capacity building), and peace and security.

Canada is determined to improve the rights of women and girls and their participation in leadership roles which we see as profoundly linked to Afghanistan’s prospects for peace and stability. Lasting gains can only be made with the participation of all members of society.

Canada has a long and proud history of service in Afghanistan, including in Kandahar. This includes the sacrifices of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and our civilian employees.

Like our predecessors, my team and I are passionate about working with the Government of Afghanistan, our partners and most importantly with the people of Afghanistan, to build a peaceful and prosperous future for all Afghans.

François Rivest
Ambassador to Afghanistan


François Rivest joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1991

He served twice at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, including from 2002 to 2006 as program manager and head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Section, where he also managed the Canadian government offices in Sapporo and Hiroshima.  From 2006 to 2008, he was senior trade commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong. In 2008, he was appointed consul general of Canada in Guangzhou, China. From 2013 to 2016, he served as minister-counsellor and senior trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy in Mexico City, where he also acted for a period as deputy head of mission.

At Headquarters, Mr. Rivest completed assignments in ministerial outreach, international trade finance, overseas operations and trade policy. In 2016, Mr. Rivest was appointed deputy head of mission and minister-counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Kabul.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Rivest served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Air), worked for the City of Winnipeg and for the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Mr. Rivest holds a Bachelor of Management Science from the University of Ottawa (1983) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba, (1991).