Visit by Judge Diane J. Humetewa

U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa and the first Native American woman to be presidentially appointed to the Federal bench, visited Montreal to address a variety of audiences on several topics including higher education, American cultural property law, Federal Indian Law and American Indian tribal court systems. During her visit, she toured the Ashukan Cultural Space and met with key ... Read More»

Mobile Consulate in Sherbrooke

Our third Mobile Consulate event took place in Sherbrooke, where we met with key decision makers from the fields of politics, business and academia. Sherbrooke is the sixth largest municipality in Quebec, with a population of 162,163, including 40,000 students. The City’s diverse economy is centered on the clothing and textiles industries, but also on ... Read More»

Montreal Pride Community Day

This year marked the 9th edition of  Montreal Pride and our forth participating in Community Day. Our booth offered information on U.S. policy towards LGBT rights in the United States and abroad, as well as services offered at the Consulate. As President Obama said in his 2015 LGBT Pride Month Presidential Proclamation : “During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate ... Read More»

50th anniversary of Laval

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the city of Laval, created on August 6, 1965 from the merger of 14 existing municipalities on its territory. Consul General Nina Maria Fite, Press and Cultural Attaché Brian Ferinden and Political and Economic Affairs Officer Jesse Potter attended the official ceremony and cocktail reception hosted by Mayor Marc Demers at ... Read More»

Ambassador Heyman in Montreal

Ambassador Bruce Heyman welcomed Iowa governor Terry Branstad and a delegation of 41 representatives from 20 Illinois companies to Montreal for the 12th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology . In addition to discussing the ongoing business development of the bio-based economy with U.S. and Canadian participants, Ambassador Heyman also met with local business and political influencers, and took a trip down ... Read More»

Ingrid Vanderveldt returns to Montreal

Ingrid Vanderveldt, American entrepreneur, investor, internationally renowned speaker and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 , returned to Montreal for a second collaboration with the Consulate on the theme of women and youth entrepreneurship. She first provided valuable insight into scaling your business internationally to a sold-out crowd of 120 young entrepreneurs at  Montreal New Tech’s public event hosted at Light speed Montreal headquarters. ... Read More»

Independence Day Reception

Consul General Nina Maria Fite hosted her first Independence Day reception in Montreal, during which a diverse crowd of Montrealers from the local political, business, cultural and academic community joined us to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Speakers included Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Kathleen Weil, Quebec Minister ... Read More»

Admiral Robert J. Papp in Montreal

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Department of State Special Representative for the Arctic, visited Montreal for a series of outreach activities including his first public speaking engagement in Canada following the handover of the Arctic Chairmanship from Canada to the United States. The Consulate was pleased to support a workshop and public conference on the topic ... Read More»

Harvard Club of Quebec Reception

  Thirty-five members of the Harvard Club of Quebec recently gathered at the residence of Consul General Nina Maria Fite for a networking reception. The Harvard Club of Quebec includes about 900 graduates from almost all faculties of the prestigious institution. It provides its members with regular events allowing social and professional networking and presents ... Read More»

Human Trafficking Prevention

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons leads the United States’ global engagement against human trafficking. This office produces an annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which gauges progress in achieving anti-trafficking goals, and identifies recent trafficking trends to support the global fight against the phenomenon. On June 1, the ... Read More»

Technovation Challenge Regional Competition

The young participants of the  Technovation Challenge in Montreal recently presented their mobile application projects to a jury composed of Vanessa Cherenfant, Vice President of the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal , Peter Szilagyi from the International Startup Festival and Amine Ben Ayed of Mtl NewTech . The jury selected three teams to present at the International Startup Festival in July, and two teams to present at ... Read More»

Second IX Symposium

The Société des arts technologiques (SAT) kicked off their second IX Symposium at the Biosphere with a special presentation by Allegra Fuller Snyder , daughter of the Biosphere’s architect, Richard Buckminster Fuller . Allegra spoke about her father’s vision of bringing people together to leverage our extraordinary inventory of collective experiences to create innovate solutions to global issues. In line with this vision, the goal of the SAT ... Read More»

Silent Night Montreal Premiere

The Montreal premiere of the Pulitzer prize-winning opera Silent Night by the Opéra de Montréal was held this past Saturday. The evening, which ended with a reception co-sponsored by the Consulate and Veterans Affairs Canada , was a true example of international cultural diplomacy. The opera tells the moving story of a Christmas Eve truce between enemy combatants during World War I and ... Read More»

Buckython: Digital Arts Hackathon

Press and Cultural Attaché Brian Ferinden helped kick off the  Buckython , the first-ever digital arts hackathon based on the work of American architect and visionary, Richard Buckminster Fuller. Over a period of 48 hours, teams of artists, developers, and designers congregated at Notman House to come up with original designs based on the iconic geodesic ... Read More»

24th Corvée du Mont-Royal

Every year since 1991, the Amis de la montagne organizes a clean-up of Mount-Royal, held the first Sunday in May. Under a radiant sunshine, more than 700 Montrealers took part in the 24th edition of the Mount-Royal Clean-Up (Corvée du Mont-Royal). Together, they collected 201 bags of trash and 31 bags of recyclable material, dismantled ... Read More»

Fulbright Canada Reception

Fulbright Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Montreal-area Fulbright and Killam alumni had the opportunity to gather at an informal reception at U.S. Consul General Nina Maria Fite’s residence. In their brief remarks, Fulbright Canada CEO Michael Hawes and Consul General Fite underlined the importance of the relationship between Fulbright Canada ... Read More»

2015 National Women in Business Conference

McGill University’s Desautels Women in Business hosted its second  National Women in Business Conference , dedicated to advancing the success of young women. The two-day event aims to empower women to be curious and involved in the wide range of opportunities and careers available to them in the business world. Students from Canada’s top universities had the chance to hear from industry leaders in ... Read More»

Technovation Challenge Workshop

The first-ever Technovation Challenge program in Montreal kicked off with a mobile application workshop at La Gare . Organizers Amina Gerba and Stéphanie Jecrois were inspired to launch a Montreal chapter of the program when they met Anar Simpson, Global Ambassador for the Technovation Challenge, in Silicon Valley while traveling in the U.S. on an International Visitor Leadership Program ... Read More»

Black History Month outreach

As part of our Black History Month outreach activities, two U.S. diplomats addressed audiences of cegep students on a variety of topics, including the economic challenges, the opportunities and the social justice issues faced by minorities in America. The Consulate’s Political and Economic Officer Andrew Zvirzdin engaged in a conversation with students at Dawson College on ongoing ... Read More»

Mobile Consulate in Longueuil

Our second Mobile Consulate event took place in Longueuil, the fifth largest municipality in Quebec. During a full day of meetings and events, we had the opportunity to meet with the political, economic and academic leaders of the city and talk about the opportunities and challenges of the region. Did you know that 80% of ... Read More»

Digital Videoconference on ISIL

We hosted an audience of academics and Consulate staff for a presentation via digital videoconference by Dr. Michael Ryan , Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation and adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute on “big picture ISIL.” Dr. Ryan is the author of Decoding Al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America . He focused his presentation on the history of ISIL as well as its ... Read More»

Exchange Program Alumni Meeting

The Montreal-area U.S. State Department exchange program alumni recently had the opportunity to gather at an informal working meeting at Consul General Nina Maria Fite’s residence to hear about funding opportunities. In addition, the meeting gave alumni, who work in diverse fields, the opportunity to network and discuss possibilities to work together on projects of ... Read More»

Mobile Consulate in Laval

Our first Mobile Consulate event took place in Laval, where we met with key decision makers from politics, business and academia. Laval is the largest suburb of Montreal and third largest municipality in Quebec. The city is known as an economic hub centered around the technology, pharmaceutical, industrial and retail sectors. Did you know that ... Read More»

Dance Therapy Workshop with Suzi Tortora

We partnered with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens and their National Center for Dance Therapy to offer a hands-on dance and movement therapy workshop with American board certified dance movement therapist  Dr. Suzi Tortora . Dance therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to teach patients to manage pain and other symptoms, improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills, and creating new options for coping with ... Read More»

Ingrid Vanderveldt at Dawson College E-Week

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dawson College welcomed former Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence and CEO of the  Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 movement Ingrid Vanderveldt  as one of their keynote speakers for  EWeek 2014. As a successful businesswoman, media personality, investor and mentor, Vanderveldt’s story inspired her attentive young audience to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. Some of her key messages were “one person with a clear ... Read More»

Visa Info Session at Université de Montréal

The United States wants to ensure international students know what is required to visit the United States. Those at Université de Montréal , HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal recently got a chance to have their visa questions answered by two Consular officers. Students from different parts of the world were informed about different types of visas, the application process, requirements, and more. ... Read More»

Doing Business Across the U.S.-Canada Border

Congressman Bill Owens organized a terrific event in Plattsburgh, NY, highlighting U.S.-Canada trade. Local businesses Derringer Logistics, Tulmare Manufacturing and Hill Electric, as well as Empire State Development focused on the nuts and bolts of exporting and shared their practical experiences across the U.S-Canada border. The participants also shared lessons learned and on-the-ground perspectives from ... Read More»

James W. Ceaser Talks About Midterm Elections

We were proud to co-sponsor the visit to Montreal of Professor James W. Ceaser , Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Professor Ceaser was here to discuss the upcoming midterm elections in the United States at the invitation of our longtime program partner the  Center for U.S. Studies of the Raoul Dandurand Chair for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies ... Read More»

Culinary Diplomacy with Chef Todd Gray

We were proud to partner with local non-profit organization La Tablée des Chefs to host the first culinary diplomacy program between Canada and the United States, in Montreal and Quebec City. Culinary diplomacy is defined as the use of food and cuisine as an instrument to create cross-cultural understanding in the hopes of improving interactions and cooperation. Its origins ... Read More»

Daniel Pearl World Music Days

We were delighted to partner with Concordia University’s Music Department to host a music concert to mark the Daniel Pearl World Music Days , created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. In her opening remarks, Consul General Nina Maria Fite reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to dialogue, tolerance and humanity, and reminded the audience ... Read More»

Reggie Love in Montreal

We were honored to host Reggie Love, former personal aide to President Barack Obama, and Vicki Heyman, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, in Montreal to talk about youth involvement in politics. In addition to hosting a small group of key contacts at the Consulate and connecting via digital videoconference with an audience ... Read More»

Visa Info Session at McGill University

The U.S. wants to ensure international students know what is needed to visit the United States. Those at McGill University recently got a chance to have their visa questions answered by two Consular officers. Students from different parts of the world learned how to apply for visas, which kind of visa is required for different ... Read More»

Commemoration of Battle of Plattsburgh

Consul General Nina Fite commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh with distinguished guests on Thursday, September 11, including a number of descendants of soldiers who participated in the battle. 2014 marks the Bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh in which American forces stopped the British advance during the War of 1812. The ... Read More»

Muriel Bowser at Institut du Nouveau Monde

We were pleased to facilitate Muriel Bowser’s participation as keynote speaker at a luncheon-conference as part of the Institut du Nouveau Monde’s Summer School program, co-hosted by McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies . This year’s Summer School brought together 400 young adults with the mission of inspiring civic participation within their age group through non-partisan discussion-based activities. Ms. Bowser, currently the Councilmember for Ward 4 in ... Read More»

Monica Dodi at Women in Technology Event

Eager to highlight the essential and diverse roles women occupy in today’s technological landscape in both Canada and the U.S. and to kick off Montreal’s International Start-Up Festival, the Consulate partnered with Montreal New Tech  and Montreal Girl Geeks on July 8 to present a “Women in Technology” meetup event. Each month, Montreal New Tech hosts a themed event to bring ... Read More»

Independence Day Reception

Consul General Andrew Parker hosted his final Independence Day reception in Montreal recently, during which a diverse crowd of Montrealers and Americans from the local political, business, cultural and academic community joined us at the Science Centre to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Key speakers included Julie Payette, ... Read More»

D-Day Commemoration at Régiment de Maisonneuve

The Consulate was delighted to co-host a commemoration event for the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the Régiment de Maisonneuve . Three speakers represented the different landings at Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword beaches: Colonel Creg Paulk of the United States Senior Defense Attaché System to Canada, Major Mathieu Lebrun of the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada ... Read More»

Montreal Welcomes Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman

The Consulate was pleased to welcome newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki to Montreal for their first official visit. During their day in the city, the Heymans met with a range of representatives from influential local institutions including Hydro-Quebec, Bombardier, Montreal International, State Department exchange program alumni and other ... Read More»

Discussion with UQÀM students

We were delighted to engage in an informal discussion with students at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) on the similarities and differences between the American and Canadian political systems. One of the speakers was an American Officer from the Consulate and the other was Christian Sénéchal, Canadian alumnus of a Department of State exchange program . As the Director of the newly established  National Centre for Dance Therapy ... Read More»

Reindustrialization and Exportation to the U.S.

Consul General Andrew Parker was the keynote speaker at the “Reindustrialization and Exporting to the United States” conference organized by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce recently. The event brought together over 140 business representatives and public officials to discuss emerging trends in North American manufacturing. Growing productivity, decreasing energy costs, and a skilled workforce are major advantages for businesses ... Read More»

Public Affairs Small Grants Program

Do you have a project aimed at promoting U.S.-Canada bilateral relations? If so, the U.S. Mission in Canada may have funds for you! The Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the Embassy’s “Public Affairs Small Grants” program to support activities that promote ... Read More»

Colloquium on Quebec’s U.S. strategy

Consul General Andrew Parker, along with staff from the Political and Economic section, Public Affairs section, and Homeland Security Investigation unit participated in a colloquium on Quebec’s U.S. strategy at the École nationale d’administration publique ( ÉNAP ), organized by the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec ( CIRRICQ ), ... Read More»

Study and Go Abroad Fair

EducationUSA Officer in Canada Michael O’Shea recently offered valuable insight to prospective students at Montreal’s Study and Go Abroad Fair at the Palais de Congrès. Public Affairs and Consular staff were also available to answer questions and encourage students to consider studying in the U.S. With over 5,000 accredited higher education institutions and as home to 6 out of the world’s top 10 ranked Universities , the U.S. is well ... Read More»

Honoring the 2014 Black History Month Laureates

Consul General Andrew Parker and his wife Sheryn Hylton-Parker were delighted to host a reception at their residence honoring this year’s twelve laureates of the Round Table on Black History Month . Black History Month has been officially celebrated in Quebec since 2007, but the Round Table has been organizing activities enabling Quebecers to discover the richness of the African diaspora’s ... Read More»

New Louisiana Studies Center

Consul General Parker traveled to Sherbrooke to take part in the inauguration of a new Louisiana Studies Center. The first of its kind outside of the U.S., the Center aims to bring together young people at different stages in their education to encourage the study of this unique and vibrant region of the United States. ... Read More»

Former Assistant Secretary visits Montreal

On January 9 and 10, Esther Brimmer , former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, was in Montreal to participate in a series of conferences. On January 9, she first spoke at a lunch organized by Connexion internationale de Montréal , a new group of recent graduates and young professionals interested in international relations. Later that evening, she was ... Read More»
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