Consul General of Canada to speak November 18 at NIU

Roy Norton
Roy Norton

Roy Norton, Chicago-based Consul General of Canada, will speak at Northern Illinois University at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 227 of Barsema Hall in conjunction with International Education Week.

For students entering careers in a global economy, an understanding of international trade and the relationship between the United States and Canada might be very important. Canada is the largest export market for the State of Illinois, with an estimated $67 billion in bilateral trade.

Norton will discuss the economic and diplomatic ties between Canada and the United States. His talk and the following question-and-answer period will provide the audience an opportunity to learn more about global commerce and diplomatic ties with Canada.

The event is sponsored by the School of Public and Global Affairs and the Graduate School.

As the Consul General of Canada based in Chicago, Norton’s territory covers Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Canadian Consulate General promotes Canadian interests in the United States, including trade, investment, environmental, cultural and academic relations. The office also provides consular and passport services.

Norton previously was based in Detroit, serving as Canada’s Consul General to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, based in Detroit.

From 2006-2010 he served as minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for the Canadian government’s relations with the U.S. Congress, as well as for media and public relations, cultural and academic relations, the interests of Canadian provinces and territories in Washington, D.C., the activities of Canadian legislators in Washington and outreach to U.S. states. He was also a member of Canada’s negotiating teams for the intellectual property and investment chapters of NAFTA.

From 2000 until 2006, he was based in Toronto, working for the Government of Ontario. He previously worked in the Canadian Parliament and as senior policy adviser to the Canadian Foreign Minister.

Call (815) 753-0183 or email for more information.

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