Minister-Counsellor Jyrki Nissilä is the newest addition to the Embassy's team. Deputy Head of Mission moved to Canada in August 2018 and has been enjoying his time both in Ottawa and at the embassy.
Nissilä graduated from the University of Turku in 1994 with M.A. in Political Science and received his teacher’s degree in 1995. His diplomatic career started in 1996, after which he has been posted at the Embassies of Finland in Indonesia (1997-2000) and Germany (2000-2004) as well as at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the United Nations in New York (2009-2012). Before being posted to Ottawa Nissilä worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki serving as Director of the Civil Society Unit for four years.
Nissilä has two children who are active in sports. His 10-year-old son plays soccer and hockey and 12-year-old daughter enjoyes synchronized skating. Canada is a great country for winter sports, which was one of the reasons behind Nissilä's decision to apply for this posting in Ottawa. Nissilä had listed three possible countries for his next posting. Out of these countries Canada was the biggest favorite for the whole family and Nissilä decided to apply for Canada. Everyone was happy when the news about Nissilä's nomination for the position came.
Already before his arrival Nissilä had heard good things about Canada from his colleagues. After the first two and half months in Ottawa he can fully agree with them. Both of the children are doing well at school, have made new friends and have also been selected to the sport clubs and teams of their wishes. "And if children are happy, parents are happy", Nissilä concludes.
Nissilä enjoys meeting new people and learning about new countries and cultures while serving Finland. In his work he appreciates the close co-operation with Canadian colleagues and the EU delegation in Canada. Sharing best practices is one of the most valuable things in closely working together. Ideas are shared and improved in regular interactions.
Nissilä talking about the Finnish School Meal System at the Championing Public Health Nutrition -conference.
"One highlight so far has been attending the Championing Public Health Nutrition - conference in Ottawa as a key note speaker earlier this month." Nissilä reflects. In the seminar the Minister-Counsellor gave a presentation about the Finnish School Meal System, which he has learned to appreciate even more after his years abroad. Another highlight he mentions is a recent visit of Jussi Niinistö, Finland's Minister of Defense. Last week Minister Niinistö met with his Canadian Colleague Minister Saijjan in Ottawa.
Jyrki Nissilä, Jussi Niinistö and Ambassador Lehtonen in Ottawa.
Naturally diplomatic work can occasionally get stressful too but because every posting only lasts for a limited amount of time Nissilä has decided to enjoy every moment. As his motto he quotes Monty Python: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ".