Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman paid a one-day visit to Montreal during which they attended a lunch at the Conférence of Montreal, a key event for influencers in North America, visited with Consulate staff, and met with Rising State Leaders. The Rising State Leaders program was created and is funded by the Embassy of Canada in Washington. Since 2006, it has provided outstanding state leaders an opportunity to participate in a working tour of Canada, which includes meetings with key government officials and trading partners. In coordination with provincial partners, the program is built to foster relationships with U.S. leaders at the state level while providing participants with a deeper understanding of the U.S.-Canada relationship. Participants this year were state legislators from Tennessee, West Virginia, Kansas, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Arizona.
Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman’s day ended with a dinner for the Mayor of Montreal’s Living Together Summit. This one-day closed session event for mayors from around the world was aimed at discussing how municipalities can promote tolerance and democratic values, while taking measures necessary to counter violent extremism.