Capilano University Business instructor, Luis Villalba, has a new title to add to his name. As of March 29, Luis a resident of Burnaby, is the Right Honourable Luis Villalba after being appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Paraguay to British Columbia at a ceremony in Victoria.
Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo and the minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay issued a presidential decree on February 3 appointing Luis to the prominent post, which is based in Vancouver. The diplomatic credentials were presented to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) by Paraguayan Ambassador to Ottawa, Manuel Shaerer Kanonnikoff. Those credentials were accepted and then sent to the province of B.C. Luis was accredited by the province in a ceremony on March 29 with Mr. Marc-André Ouellette, director and chief of protocol – Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Office of the Premier.
“My main tasks will be to foster commercial, cultural and educational relations between B.C. and Paraguay,” the Right Honourable Luis Villalba said. “I believe that it is worth noting that the appointment was partially made by the fact that Capilano University participated in the Paraguay community-based tourism training program and we had the chance to contribute in a small way to Paraguay’s development.
“I believe that by bringing educational and professional perspectives from different points of the globe, including distant, yet growing countries such as Paraguay that today belongs to the South American common market powerhouse, will benefit our students and our academic community by fostering global citizenship.”
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