In recognition of his work with the Latvian Embassy and community in Canada, Ambassador Kārlis Eihenbaums presented the Ambassador’s Recognition Award to Mr. Marcus Kolga, a leading Canadian journalist and an active leader of the Baltic and Eastern and Central European communities of Canada.
Marcus Kolga is an international award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, digital communications strategist, and a leading Canadian expert on Russian and Central and Eastern European issues. He has a focus on communications and media strategies as tools of foreign policy and defence, and continues to write commentary for national and international media including the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Marcus is involved with international human rights organisations and national political organisations. In 2008 he spearheaded an effort to make 23rd August, the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a Canadian national day of remembrance for the European victims of Nazism and Communism —¬ Black Ribbon Day — by drafting a parliamentary resolution that was introduced and passed by the Honourable Bob Rae.