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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Consul général


Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul
Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul© GKChengdu/Schmidt

Dear readers,

No doubt, there is a lot going on. The new freedom allows at least those who have been fully vaccinated to return back to normal working life, even if saying goodbye to the « home office » they have grown fond of is not always easy. In any case, our Consulate General in Vancouver is back in « normal mode ».

But also in a figurative sense, we feel that changes are in coming, new things are emerging, socially, politically and economically. In the past few months, many had time to take stock of their private and professional lives, to « clean out » and set new goals. The much-cited « crisis as an opportunity »?

« Together in E-Motion » is the motto of a kind of time travel to which we would like to invite you on September 28th and 29th in Vancouver. First of all, it is about rediscovering German « landmarks » such as the Roedde House, named after Gustav Roedde, who was born in Thuringia. As an emigrant, he opened a bookbinding shop on Barclay Street in Vancouver in 1888. His home at the time is now a museum. The « German Friendship Globe » in West Vancouver was set up in 2004 in Dundarave Park in West Vancouver. « The Drop », the blue steel sculpture on the harbor in front of the « Convention Center », designed by a German group of artists in 2009, is a popular photo object. Not to forget the « German Canadian Heritage Plaza », donated by the German community in 1986 on the occasion of the « Expo‘86 » in Vancouver, 35 years ago.

Topics such as e-mobility and « urban farming », which we will also address together with event partners, show that the past and the future can be combined well.

The German-Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature almost exactly 75 years ago, describes in his much-quoted poem « Stufen » (« stages ») life as a process of « cheerfully strolling through » rooms with the aim of « getting well » when arriving or saying goodbye:

« Es wird vielleicht auch noch die Todesstunde
Uns neuen Räumen jung entgegensenden
Des Lebens Ruf an uns wird niemals enden…
Wohlan denn, Herz, nimm Abschied und gesunde! » 

« Maybe death’s hour too will send us out new-born
Towards undreamed-lands,
Maybe life’s call to us will never find an end
Courage my heart, take leave and fare thee well. »

These days we are saying goodbye to Bernd Reuscher, who recently passed away in Edmonton at the age of 78. Bernd Reuscher was the German Honorary Consul in Edmonton from 2004-2013, and in 2012 he received the Federal Cross of Merit in recognition of his sustained commitment to the development of German-Canadian relations. Even later, as the founder and president of the German-Canadian Center for Innovation and Research, he remained connected to our consulate general in word and deed. Born in Leipzig, he remained connected to his Saxon homeland throughout his life. His commitment to the victims of the flood disaster in Saxony in 2002 remains unforgettable.

Our condolences go out to his family, wife and children.

We will keep an honorable memory of Bernd Reuscher.

Dr. Klaus Schmidt

Curriculum Vitae

Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children

1976 - 1981

Law Studies
University of Würzburg

1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
2nd State Exam
PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)
1985 - 2003

Press and Information Office
Federal Government Bonn/Berlin

Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office

1987 - 1988

Press Section
German Consulate General Los Angeles, USA

1991 - 1995

Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
German Embassy Ottawa, Canada

2003 - 2005

Head of Division K 01
Political and Public Relations abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2005 - 2008

Political Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2008 - 2011

Head of Division 603 and 608
Multilateral and Media Policy / Public Diplomacy abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Head of Cultural Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2012 - 2015

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
German Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 - 2018

Consul General

German Consulate General Chengdu, China

since 8/2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Vancouver, Canada

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