Co-Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Symposium Luncheon* His Excellency Ambassador Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America
*Partnering Co-Keynote to be announced placed elsewhere
Taken from a Message from the Ambassador
The Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, along with a network of 15 missions and trade offices, works to strengthen and manage the Canada-US relationship. The links between our countries are deep, diverse and complex.
For over 55 years, Canada and the United States have stood shoulder-to-shoulder defending North America through NORAD, and this continental partnership has extended to other troubled areas of the world.
Canada is the United States’ largest customer. The economic prosperity of our two countries is intertwined, with two-way goods and services trade totalling $710 billion. Over 8 million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.
Key to our mutual prosperity is an efficient and secure border. Through the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the U.S. and Canada are working to address security threats together, and to expand our cooperation on trusted traveler and trader programs. We are also working to ensure our regulations enhance trade and competitiveness.
Canada is also America’s largest and most secure energy supplier. Advances in production are making possible an energy independent North America.
The joint stewardship of our shared environment has been a cornerstone of our relationship for over a century. The actions we take today will ensure that our continent is safe and clean for future generations.
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Ambassador, Gary Doer
Biography – Ambassador Gary Doer
In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States of America. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy.
Ambassador Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba with successive increased majorities. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and training and infrastructure. Ambassador Doer hails from Winnipeg. He is married with two daughters.