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Canadian Studies Center September 2010 Report


September 2010 Report

Graduate Student News

Welcome New Graduate Affiliates!

Four graduate students joined the Canadian Studies Graduate Development Program this summer: Kyle Antonelis, Amanda Barney, Matt Klein, and Jill Woelfer. Please join us in welcoming them to the program!

Kyle AntonelisKyle Antonelis, Marine Affairs, plans to develop a transboundary model for addressing the issue of derelict fishing gear (lost or abandoned fishing gear) based on lessons learned from previous and ongoing projects around the world, most specifically on the US West Coast. He then plans to estimate the extent of derelict fishing gear and the impacts it has on the marine environment in the British Columbia waters of the Salish Sea, and to use these estimates with the model built to develop a step-by-step plan for surveying and removing derelict fishing gear in British Columbia.

Amanda BarneyAmanda Barney, Marine Affairs, will be conducting interviews in the communities on Fogo Island Newfoundland in order to measure community resilience as an indicator of social sustainability. The communities of Fogo Island have shown remarkable resilience in their history moving through changes to, and the eventual collapse of, the northern cod fishery. Amanda hopse to understand the ways that they have generated and sustained their communities in order to share their skills with other coastal and fishery dependent communities who are facing major changes.

Matthew KleinMatthew Klein is pursuing an MS degree in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a certificate in Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics. His research interests include freight transportation logistics and policy, and is currently working with Professor Anne V. Goodchild to analyze the environmental impact of commercial freight operations at the Washington State-British Columbia border. Read more about his research with Anne Goodchild here.

Jill WoelflerJill Woelfer, Information Science, is a PhD student investigating the use of information systems and digital technologies by homeless young people. For her dissertation research, Jill is planning a comparative study of the uses of information systems by homeless young people in Vancouver, BC, and Seattle, WA. Over the last three years, in addition to conducting research studies, she helped co-create a community technology center for homeless young people where she volunteers as a teacher of computer-related life skills.

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Canadian Leadership Orientation Program 2010: The Canadian Perspective on the North American Trilateral Relationship

By Chris Bajuk

Chris Bajuk is a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Real Estate concurrent-degree student at the University of Washington. He recently attended the Canadian Leadership Orientation Program in Ottawa and Montréal and will lead a study tour to Toronto next March.

The US Ambassador's Residence. David Jacobsen (center lower row) was appointed as the US Ambassador to Canada by President Obama.
The US Ambassador's Residence. David Jacobsen (center lower row) was appointed as the US Ambassador to Canada by President Obama.

During the first week of June, 2010, twenty four MBA students from around the US and Mexico joined fifteen MBA students from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa for a week of activities aimed to increase our mutual understanding about each other's countries. Prominent speakers from the political realm, academia, and industry presented to us on the importance and intricacies of the trilateral relationship as it pertains to politics, economics, and business. Some of the issues we discussed and learned about were trade and commerce, defense, energy, and innovation.

The first two days, we heard from a number of engaging speakers, notably the Honorable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce. I was completely transfixed as he stressed the importance of ensuring ease of commerce traffic across the US-Canadian border. He made the case that security measures along the border implemented post 9-11 have had a negative effect on the flow of commerce, effectively rolling back the gains made from NAFTA. By adopting a broader geographic approach to border security, similar to the way we cooperate with Canada for common air defense in NORAD, we can reduce security at the border which will facilitate greater flow of commerce. We also heard from the Mexican Ambassador to Canada, and had a reception with David Jacobson, US Ambassador to Canada, at his residence overlooking the beautiful Ottawa River.

On the third day, we traveled to HEC Montréal, where we learned about the relationship between Québec and the rest of Canada and the dynamics of Canadian economics and demographics. Later that day, we took a city tour of Montréal and visited with MBA students from HEC Montréal. The next day saw our group visiting the Port of Montréal and a hydroelectric power facility at a large dam.

Ottawa skyline with the Canadian Parliament on the right
Ottawa skyline with the Canadian Parliament on the right

Returning to Ottawa, we concluded our week with a visit to Wesley Clover Technologies, an incubator for entrepreneurial ventures.

Overall, the Canadian Leadership Orientation Program was enormously informative and fascinating. It was well organized and the quality of presenters was superb. The lessons learned and the friends made will prove useful in the future for fostering cross border business.

The 2010 Canadian Leadership Orientation Program was organized and sponsored by the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, HEC Montréal, The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and Foreign Affairs Canada. Principal financial sponsorship was provided by TD Bank.

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