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Welcoming the region’s new Consul General

September 30, 2010

Above: President of the Canada-America Society, Michael Herbst (left), and Washington State Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen (center), welcome Canada’s new Consul General, Denis Stevens, to the region.

In late September the Center partnered with the Canada-America Society of Washington, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region to welcome Canadian Consul General Stevens to the regional community. Mr. Stevens was welcomed to the region by Michael Herbst, president of the Canada-America Society. Herbst described the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship to the region in his welcome. Lieutenant Governor of the State of Washington, Brad Owen, also welcomed Consul General Stevens.

Stevens provided a brief presentation on the role of the Canadian government in the U.S. and the importance of the Canada-U.S. economic partnership – one of the largest trade relationships in the world.

Attendees included the CEO of Esterline Technologies, and Honorary Consul for the United Kingdom, Bob Cremin; the Consul-General of Japan Kiyokazu Ota; Ambassador Alejandro Garcia Moreno, Consul of Mexico; Consul of the Republic of Korea, Haryong Lee; and, from the Canadian Consulate, Consul Wendy Baldwin and Trade Commissioner, Robert Fosco.

Several University of Washington faculty and students were there to welcome the new Consul General including Associate Dean of Public Health, Mark Oberle (Oberle just received a Government of Canada Conference Grant for a project on cross-border public health); Mike Giambattista, Foster School of Business faculty advisor for the MBA 2011 Study Tour; Greg Shelton, Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies; Nadine Fabbi from the Center; Morna McEachern, Affiliated Faculty of Canadian Studies in the School of Social Work; Lucas Olson, 2009-10 Killam Fellow now with UW International and English Language Programs; and Victoria Choe, Assistant to the Director for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium and International Studies major.

Consul General Stevens joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) in 1996. Since 2007, he has been the Director General of Intergovernmental Relations and Public Outreach at DFAIT.

The reception was hosted by Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt.

This event was supported, in part, by funding from the Center’s Title VI grant, U.S. Department of Education, Office of International Education Programs Service.