Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Toronto: Planned Demonstration

The U.S. Consulate General Toronto informs U.S. citizens that due to a protest at the Consulate General on Monday January 30, 2017, it will have limited operations and there will be no Visa or American Citizen Services appointments on January 30, 2017.
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Facebook Chat on U.S. Student Visas

On October 12, 2016, the Public Affairs and Consular Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a live Facebook chat on U.S. student visas. The chat started with a short video presentation by Consular Officers Amelia VanderLaan and Ann Marie Warmenhoven followed by a Q&A session. During the chat , the officers shared information ...
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University of Windsor Newspaper Interviews Toronto Consular Officer

University of Windsor’s newspaper “The Lance” covered the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s presentation on U.S. visas for students at the university. The majority of the students who attended the presentation were international students from India and China, with others from countries like Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Iran to name a few. Some students were present on ...
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Sheila Hicks Exhibition Opening in Toronto

On October 5, 2016, representatives from the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto attended the opening reception for the Sheila Hicks Exhibition, entitled “Sheila Hicks: Material Voices,” at the Textile Museum of Canada (“TMC”). The exhibition was supported by the Consulate in Toronto through the PD grant program. The reception was followed by a VIP preview ...
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Consulate Toronto Hosts Absentee Voter Registration Open House

As part of the Mission’s Absentee Voter Week, the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Consular and Public Affairs Sections jointly held an Absentee Voter Registration Open House on September 28, 2016. Consular Officers answered questions about receiving an absentee ballot overseas and assisted the U.S. citizens in the absentee voter registration process. Consular Chief Scott Renner was ...
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Consulate Toronto Participates in Study Abroad Expo

On October 1-2, 2016, alumni from the Killam and Fulbright Programs joined representatives from the Consular and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto at the Study Abroad Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The team spoke to hundreds of students who were thinking of studying abroad in the USA. High ...
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Congress to Campus Program Addresses U.S. Presidential Election in Toronto

On Monday, September 26, two former Congressmen, Republican U.S. Representative Steve Kuykendall from California and Democratic U.S. Congressional Representative Martin Lancaster from North Carolina, visited and spoke at three educational institutions in Toronto — Glendon College and McLaughlin College at  York University , and the  University of Toronto . The speaker series was part of a program sponsored by the ...
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Consulate Toronto Participates in Go Global Expo

On Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2016, representatives from the Killam and Fulbright Programs, and Consular and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto spoke to hundreds of students who were thinking of studying abroad in the USA at the Go Global Expo at Ryerson University. High numbers of students visited the ...
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Consulate Toronto Fall Student Outreach Launches At Trent University

On September 21, 2016 Consular Officer Amelia Vanderlaan, Media Specialist Madina Turdieva, and Senior NIV LES Althea Brathwaite, traveled to Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. They presented to students at Trent University on what students should know when applying for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. The trip included a consular outreach ...
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Consulate Toronto Sponsors Brilliant Science Program at ROM

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto sponsored the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Family Fundays event on September 17-18, 2016 which was attended by more than 8,500 people. The program titled “Brilliant Science” was part of the educational programming related to the Dale Chihuly Exhibition at the ROM from June 24, 2016 to January 2, 2017. ...
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert Visits Toronto

Utah Governor Gary Herbert visited Toronto as the head of a 40-person business development delegation with the objective of promoting his state’s travel, trade and investment with Canada. During his time in Canada, the Governor met with Ambassador Bruce Heyman, followed by a lunch at which Ambassador Heyman delivered welcome remarks and the Utah trade ...
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Creating Cultural Understanding and Cooperation at TIFF Cocktail Reception

On the evening of September 13th, Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, co-hosted a reception with Consul General Juan Alsace and his wife Nancy for 200 guests in honor of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) at the Consul General’s residence. This fourth annual TIFF reception provided networking opportunities between U.S. and Canadian entertainment ...
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Inside the Issues Interviews Acting Special Representative Thomas Debass

Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships Thomas Debass visited Waterloo on August 30, 2016 to meet with the tech and innovation community as well as to visit the educational institutions. As part of his visit, he was interviewed by Inside the Issues Podcast at the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and discussed Diplomacy Lab ...
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Toronto CG Visits Northern Ontario

Consul General Juan Alsace was interviewed by daily newspapers The Sudbury Star and The North Bay Nugget during a recent visit to Sudbury and North Bay. The Consul General informed the readers about his meetings with business, law enforcement, and various government representatives as well as academic institutions that are key to U.S.- Canadian bilateral relations in the area. The Consul General ...
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Toronto Hosts U.S. Academic Exchanges Speaker Christa Olsen

On August 18-19, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a two-day U.S./Canada academic exchanges program with U.S. speaker expert Dr. Christa Olson as part of the Consulate’s academic exchanges working group focused on increasing student mobility. PAS Toronto also arranged two separate meetings with Ontario Universities International and the Council Of Ministers Of ...
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Consulate Toronto Supports Theaster Gates Exhibition at AGO

The U.S. Consulate Toronto is supporting the public programming of the Theaster Gates exhibition which opened on July 21, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with a lecture by the artist to a standing room only audience. “Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum” will run from July 21, 2016 to Oct. ...
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Security in Advance at Pearson International Airport

United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of the Preclearance Field Office Randy Howe helped celebrate the completion of a two-year collaborative Security in Advance (SIA) project at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The SIA project was developed and ...
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Toronto Celebrates America’s 240th Independence Day

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto celebrated the United States of America’s 240th Independence Day on July 6, 2016 at Toronto’s community cultural institution Wychwood Barns. This year the Consulate’s annual Fourth of July celebration also commemorated the National Park Service’s 100 Year Anniversary, which commences a second century of stewardship of America’s 407 national ...
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Toronto Consulate General Hosts Ethnic Media Briefing and Tour

The U.S. Consulate General Toronto hosted 7 ethnic media outlets to visit its Consular Section for a tour and briefing on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The group was composed of print, online, and broadcast media that provide services to targeted ethnic populations residing in Canada from China, India, Pakistan, Iran, and Russia. Consul General Juan ...
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CBP Announces a New Payment Option for Commercial Truck User Fee

U.S. Customs and Border Protection began a pilot program at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso ports of entry this month allowing commercial trucks to prepay the single-crossing user fee online prior to arrival at a port of entry.
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Consulate General Toronto Supports 150th Anniversary of Battle of Ridgeway History Conference

On June 2, Consul General Juan Alsace and Toronto’s Public Affairs Section attended the Fenian Raids Historical Conference in Fort Erie, Ontario to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway. Organized by the Ridgeway Reads Literary Society, the conference gathered distinguished guests and authors from Canada, Ireland, and the United States to discuss ...
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Toronto Consulate Honors American Filmmakers at Hot Docs Reception

On May 3rd, the U.S. Consulate in Toronto along with Ambassador Heyman, Mrs. Heyman and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival hosted a cocktail reception in honor of American filmmakers and directors present for this year’s 10 day festival. Hot Docs, which organizes North America’s largest documentary festival in Toronto every year, welcomed ...
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Ambassador Heyman Attends Symposium Featuring Leslie Hewitt

On May 1st, Ambassador Heyman and Mrs. Vicki Heyman attended a symposium featuring New York-based artist, Leslie Hewitt. Held at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto and programmed by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, this one-day symposium gathered artists, curators and writers who presented theoretical and practice-led perspectives on the topic of “still and moving ...
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Toronto Supports Education USA at U.S. College Expo

On April 30, Cultural Assistant Claudia Valladolid, EducationUSA Advisor Jenika Heim, and two members of the Toronto Consular team, represented Education USA at the U.S. College Expo at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The U.S. College Expo is Canada’s largest U.S-specific university fair with universities and college representatives from more than 70 institutions. The ...
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Toronto Public Affairs Section Visits Peterborough to Meet with Contacts

On April 28, Public Affairs Section (PAS) conducted the Consulate’s first ever outreach trip to Peterborough, Ontario. Peterborough is modest-sized city in Central Ontario of 80,000 people, and the regional business, education, cultural, and health care hub. To create a strong foundation for the Consulate’s relationship, PAS visited a broad range of organizations in the ...
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Toronto Produces Live Facebook Chat on Student Visas

Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate General Toronto held a second #AsktheUSConsul Facebook Chat focused on student visas on April 27, 2016. This activity supports the outreach plan of the Consular Section which a main component focuses on student visas, nearly 25 percent of all visa applicants in Toronto. During this chat, PAS ...
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Assistant Secretary Kumar Highlights Select USA with Toronto Media

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, Arun Kumar, gave media interviews while in Toronto attending the Great Lakes Forum on April 25, 2016. Kumar first spoke to Rita Trichur of the Wall Street Journal Canada discussing his presentation at the forum and the importance of the U.S.-Canada bilateral trade relationship. He also mentioned several commercial engagement ...
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2016 Fishackathon Toronto: A Success in Developing Technological Solutions to Protect Fisheries

On April 22, Consul General Juan Alsace delivered opening remarks at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto to officially launch Fishackathon 2016 Toronto. This three-day event was hosted by the Consulate General Toronto, in partnership with the U.S. Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, PortsToronto, IBM, Coca Cola, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment ...
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Toronto Consul General Speaks at Buffalo Club

On April 21st, Consul General Juan Alsace visited Buffalo, New York to deliver a speech at the Upstate New York Cross-Border Reception, hosted at the Buffalo Club. The event was co-sponsored by the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the Buffalo World Trade Association, and the Returned ...
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Toronto Inaugurates Speakers Bureau at Chinguacousy Secondary School

As a part of the Consulate’s Speakers Bureau Program, Vice Consul Amelia VanderLaan gave a presentation to 11th grade International Business students at Chinguacousy Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario on April 21, 2016. The school is part of the Peel School District and is ethnically and socio-economically diverse. VanderLaan’s PowerPoint presentation focused on an overview ...
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Toronto Speakers Bureau Presents at Humberview Secondary School

Vice Consul Shannon Petry spoke to a American History class of Grade 11 students at Humberview Secondary School in Bolton, Ontario on April 18, 2016 as part of Toronto’s Speakers Bureau Program. Humberview, part of the Peel School District, is a regional school, with students attending the gifted and talented, french immersion, vocational, and advanced ...
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Toronto Speakers Bureau Presents at Robert Bateman Secondary School

As a part of the Toronto Consulate’s Speakers Bureau Program, Management Officer Lisa Liao gave a presentation to International Baccalaureate (IB) students at Robert Bateman Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario on April 12, 2016. Robert Bateman Secondary School has an academically diverse student body and is a smaller school of 800 students in the Halton ...
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Toronto Speakers Bureau Presents at Bramlea Secondary School

On April 8th, 2016, Vice-Consul Gloria Chou participated in an outreach event with Bramlea Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, as a part of the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Speakers Bureau Program. During this visit, Gloria presented on the topic of technology and diplomacy in the 21st century, and engaged in a lively discussion with the diverse ...
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Toronto’s Speakers Bureau Pilots at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga

Toronto Vice Consul Matthew Scranton spoke at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario to a class of high-school students who are interested in U.S. diplomacy and international relations on April 6, 2016. Named for a famous Canadian Diplomat to UNICEF and Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS, Stephen Lewis is part of Peel School. Senior level ...
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Toronto Consul General Meets with Ontario Legislature Interns

On April 1, 2016, Toronto Consul General Juan Alsace hosted Ontario Legislature Internship Program (OLIP) interns for a meeting and discussion on U.S. politics, the U.S. elections and the Consul General’s experience as a diplomat. This meeting was requested in preparation of the intern’s trip to the State Legislature in Columbus, Ohio which took place ...
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EPA Announces $1 Million in Pollution Prevention Funding for Great Lakes States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing approximately $1 million in funding to support pollution prevention work in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Toronto Gives Back: NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service

Toronto Consul General Juan Alsace, Vicki Heyman (spouse of United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman) and staff from US Consulate Toronto joined basketball stars Isaiah Austin, Ron Harper, Detlef Schrempf and nearly 1,000 members of the NBA family in an NBA Cares service event during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto.
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Collective Stance Exhibition by New York-Based Artist Opens in Toronto

The "Collective Stance" exhibition by New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt, featuring her collaboration with renowned cinematographer Bradford Young, opened on Friday, January 29, 2016 at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.
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Public Affairs Officer Hilary Renner Talks Cultural Diplomacy’s Role

During her visit to Waterloo, Ontario on December 4, 2014, PAO Hilary Renner was interviewed by ‘Inside The Issues’ podcast of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). During this  podcas t, Hilary spoke about cultural diplomacy’s role in foreign relations, some of the new initiatives such as 100,000 Strong in the Americas and many others. ...
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Consul General Alsace Speaks at Anti-Counterfeiting Conference

On December 2, 2015, Consul General Juan Alsace provided the keynote address at Toronto's 20th Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference on the importance of intellectual property rights and laws in fostering continued economic growth and innovation in both the United States and Canada.
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Toronto Hosts First Edition of SelectUSA Canada Conference

The first edition of the SelectUSA Canada Conference, themed “Expanding for Growth,” took place in Toronto on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Building on the success of the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. last March, this conference was designed for Canadian companies of all kinds, from start-ups to well-established manufacturers, from a broad range of ...
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Ambassador Heyman Delivers Closing Address at Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk Summit

Ambassador Bruce Heyman delivered the closing address to over 400 financial service professionals at the annual Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk Summit in Toronto on November 23, 2015. Summit participants included Maureen Jensen, Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission and Janet Ecker, former Ontario Finance Minister and Executive Director of the Toronto Financial Services ...
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Ambassador Bruce Heyman Addresses the Second Annual U.S. Thanksgiving Dinner Participants

United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman gave the keynote address at the Second Annual U.S. Thanksgiving Dinner of The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. Approximately 100 guests, including business leaders and U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDO) representatives, attended the dinner on November 16, 2015. “We share the world’s largest trading relationship,” Ambassador Heyman ...
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Consul General Juan Alsace Visits the Aga Khan Museum

Consul General Juan Alsace toured the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Center with the Center’s Executive Director Mohammed Dhanani and Museum Director Henry Kim on Friday, November 20, 2015. The Consul General discussed expanding cross-border and cross-cultural dialogues during the visit to the museum. The museum is dedicated to the collection, research, preservation and display ...
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SelectUSA Launches SelectUSA Canada 2015

The first edition of SelectUSA Canada, themed Expanding for Growth, will take place in Toronto on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Building on the success of the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., last March, the Canada 2015 event is designed for Canadian companies of all kinds, from start-ups to well-established manufacturers, from a broad range ...
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Consulate Supports Holocaust Education Week

Consul General Juan Alsace gave remarks at the opening night reception of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre’s 35th annual Holocaust Education Week. The Neuberger Holocaust Education Week program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive educational vehicles for learning and teaching about the Holocaust in the world educating over 300,000 people ...
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Consulate Visits Social Media Lab and DMZ at Ryerson University

The U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Public Affairs Section visited the Social Media Lab and the DMZ at Ryerson University on October 29th to learn about their research and programs and discuss potential areas of collaboration. The Social Media Lab is a multi- and interdisciplinary research laboratory which studies how social media is changing the ways in ...
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2015 Gairdner Awards Recognize Two American Scientists

On October 29, 2015, Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Consul General Juan Alsace attended the 2015 Gairdner Awards Gala at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto to honor recipients for their original contributions to medicine resulting in increased understanding of human biology and disease, including American awardees, Dr. Lewis Cantley and Dr. Lynne Maquat. The Gairdner ...
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Consul General Alsace & Governor Rick Snyder Promote Bilateral Trade at Economic Summit

On October 28-29, 2015, Consul General Juan Alsace attended the Ontario Economic Summit and provided opening remarks for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on the importance of the U.S.-Canada relationship. They emphasized the partnership between Michigan and Ontario, and discussed opportunities for further economic collaboration including supporting infrastructure development, educational and cultural exchange, and environmental partnerships. ...
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Consul General Alsace and Governor Rick Snyder Promote Bilateral Trade at Ontario Economic Summit

On October 28-29, 2015, Consul General Juan Alsace attended the Ontario Economic Summit and provided opening remarks for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on the importance of the U.S.-Canada relationship. They emphasized the partnership between Michigan and Ontario, and discussed opportunities for further economic collaboration including supporting infrastructure development, educational and cultural exchange, and environmental partnerships. ...
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Consulate Hosts International Exchange Roundtable

On October 21st, 2015, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto organized a roundtable entitled i>Advancement of International Exchange attended by 18 representatives of Ontario’s universities and colleges and the Government of Ontario. Representatives from nine of the 23 universities in Ontario (including Brock, Queen’s, Ryerson, Western, Toronto, McMaster, Wilfred Laurier, ...
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U.S. Consulate General Toronto Hosts Tampa Bay-St.Petersburg Trade Mission

On October 20-21, U.S. Consulate General Toronto facilitated a number of meetings, including a roundtable discussion with the Mayor of Hamilton, a nearby business hub, on ideas for collaboration and trade promotion with Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg. The Tampa Bay Export Alliance organizers were joined by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, and ...
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Consul General Juan Alsace Meets Premier Kathleen Wynne

On October 19, 2015, Consul General Juan Alsace met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to discuss impending election results, explore avenues for bi-national cooperation, and gain insights on her provincial priorities. CG Alsace and Wynne agreed that trade and environmental issues, including water use and protection, present opportunities for expanding collaboration.
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Consul General Alsace Discusses City Priorities with Toronto Mayor

Consul General Juan Alsace met with Toronto Mayor John Tory on October 13, 2015 to gain insight on the city’s priorities for infrastructure and investment, and to discuss U.S.-Canada bilateral trade and partnership opportunities. The two discussed cultivating stronger business and cultural ties, including public-private partnerships, jobs, and investment, and agreed to explore prospects for ...
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Consulate Partners with Gardiner Museum on Kent Monkman Exhibition

On October 14th, 2015, PAS Toronto attended the opening of the U.S. Consulate-supported Kent Monkman exhibition at the Gardiner Museum. The Rise and Fall of Civilization exhibition was supported through the PAS grants program. PAS Toronto has worked closely with the Gardiner Museum to craft the programming behind the Kent Monkman exhibition which centers on ...
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Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman Visit Oakville

Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki, visited Oakville on October 1, 2015. As part of their visit aiming at promoting bilateral business and cultural exchange opportunities between the United States and Canada, they visited Sheridan College and met with the students of the creative and digital media arts programs. Accompanied by Dr. Jeff Zabudsky ...
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Consul General Welcomes Virginia Governor to Toronto

On September 24, 2015, Consul General Juan Alsace delivered remarks at a reception welcoming a trade mission comprised of the Honorable Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd Haymore, and President and CEO of Virginia Tourism, Rita McClenny. “With over $5 ...
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Symposium on Investigating and Prosecuting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

On September 23-24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) held a Symposium on “Investigating and Prosecuting the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property.” This is the second such event held between the two organizations, the first of which was held in 2014 at the Royal Ontario Museum; this ...
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Commemorating the 205th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico

U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Public Affairs Officer Hilary Renner attended the Mexican Independence Day flag raising ceremony at Queen’s Park on September 15, 2015. Commemorating the 205th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, the Consul General of Mexico, Ambassador Mauricio Toussaint, spoke about the Canadian-Mexican relations, the contributions Mexicans make in Canada and raised the Mexican ...
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U.S. Consulate Hosts the Third Annual Reception in Honor of TIFF15 and U.S. and Canadian Film Partnerships

The United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki joined the recently arrived Consul General Juan A. Alsace and his wife Nancy to host the third annual reception in honor of the Toronto International Film Festival, and U.S. and Canadian Film Partnerships on September 14th, 2015 at the Spoke Club in Toronto. ...
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First-Ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase Takes Place in Toronto

From August 8-10, 2015, the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, hosted the first-ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase, exhibiting the latest advances in accessibility technologies and assistive devices from both sides of the border. Celebrating the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 10th ...
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Wheelchair Tango Performs at Pan AM Closing Ceremonies and PANAMANIA

Leveraging the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S Consulate General in Toronto hosted “Wheelchair Tango” of the American DanceWheels Foundation as part of the cultural programming in PANAMANIA which took place during the Pan Am Games in July 2015. From July 21-22, Wheelchair Tango was featured as a part of the free PANAMANIA program ...
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Wheelchair Tennis Envoy David Wagner Hits Grand Slam with Canadian Youth

As a way to celebrate the Parapan Am Games taking place in the Province of Ontario from August 7-15, 2015, the U.S. Consulate General Toronto programmed wheelchair tennis star, David Wagner, as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy to teach youth with disabilities the art of playing wheelchair tennis. Paralyzed from the mid-chest down with only 30% ...
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Sharing-Economy Media Tour Leads Alumna Lucy Gao Down a Path Previously Not Taken

In October 2014, at the invitation of U.S. Consulate Toronto, activist blogger Lucy Gao joined the Sharing-Economy Media Tour organized by the Department of State’s Washington Press Center. During this 10-day reporting tour Gao and her cohorts spanned the United States, traveling to New York City, Las Vegas and San Francisco. She participated in on-the-record ...
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IVLP Alumnus Writes about the Diversity of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Host City

In his July 12, 2015, Huffington Post article, “The Pan Am Games Has Brought the City of Toronto to Life,” alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Gary Pieters, describes the rich cultural distinctiveness of Toronto that adds to the luster of the Pan Am and the Parapan Am Games. An educator, social-policy commentator, ...
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The Water’s Edge: James Balog comes to Toronto with photographic evidence of climate change

On July 9-11, American environmental photographer James Balog participated in the Panamanaia photography exhibit “The Water’s Edge” in Toronto. Funded by the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, the local arts and environment organization No. 9 was able to bring the internationally acclaimed photographer to feature his brilliant work at Toronto’s two busiest transportation hubs, Union ...
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U.S. Consulate Celebrates USA Day

Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman and Vicki Heyman joined the U.S. Consulate Toronto and its 600 guests to commemorate the USA Day — the 239th anniversary of the U.S. independence — and to celebrate the close ties shared by the United States and Canada. This year, the U.S. Independence Day event in Toronto was especially exciting ...
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U.S. Soccer Envoy in Thunder Bay and Sudbury

As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports United Envoy Program as well as the mission’s sports engagement strategy in relation to the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup and upcoming Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the U.S. Mission in Canada is programming two Olympian female soccer envoys across Canada in June. Sports Envoys are athletes ...
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The Flame of Hope for Special Olympics

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers carrying the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics, joined together on the Rainbow Bridge to light the cauldron signifying unity. For the 29th year, law enforcement officials carried the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout various communities raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. ...
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Fishackathon 2015 Toronto Winners Announced

The U.S. Consulate Toronto, B-Notions, and North of 41, hosted the first ever international Fishackathon from June 5th to 7th, 2015 as a pre-event leading up to World Oceans Day 2015 on June 8th. This hackathon gave coders and hackers in Toronto 48 hours to create applications and tools that address sustainable fishing challenges, including ...
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Ambassador Heyman Speaks at Horatio Alger Launch

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman delivered opening remarks announcing the nationwide expansion of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s (HAAC) scholarship program at the press conference on May 19, 2015. Association Members The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, Rebecca MacDonald, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh announced a new $10 million endowment available to ...
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25th Anniversary of Fulbright

On Thursday, May 7th, 2015, Consul General Jim Dickmeyer held the Fulbright Reception in his residence to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Fulbright Canada, championing its recent achievements. At the reception, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, made opening remarks highlighting the importance of the Fulbright program globally. Fulbright Board Chair Ronald T. Covais and ...
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2015 Hot Docs Festival

On April 30th, the Consul General of the United States Jim Dickmeyer hosted a cocktail reception with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival at the U.S. Consul General’s Residence. The event honored the American filmmakers at the 2015 Hot Docs Festival, which was held on April 23 – May 3, 2015. Hot Docs ...
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Earth Day Alumni Networking Event

U.S. Consulate General Toronto celebrated Earth Day, April 22nd, by hosting an Alumni Evening Networking Event with alumni pertaining to the Toronto area. Approximately 30 people filled the Cambria Gallery with alumni who represented the business sector, academia and other affluent organizations. From Fulbright scholars to IVLPs of programs that happened over 15 years ago, ...
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Consul General Meets with Civic and Business Leaders in Brampton

U.S. Consul General Jim Dickmeyer met with Mayor Linda Jeffrey and other civic and business leaders yesterday for a roundtable discussion on strengthening Brampton-U.S. business relationships. Talks ranged from longer-term and strategic alliance opportunities in the Health and Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing sectors, to more current opportunities related to Brampton’s strong local economy and ...
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U.S. College Expo 2015 in Toronto

Educational Advisors from the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, along with Canada EducationUSA Advisor, Jenika Heim, participated at the U.S. College Expo 2015 on Apr 17-18, 2015. Taking place at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the team spoke to more than 150 counselors and to over 500 students interested in studying in the U.S. ...
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Consul General Dickmeyer Welcomes the ILNY Networking Reception Participants

Consul General Jim Dickmeyer welcomed a networking reception for I Love New York, New York State Division of Tourism in Toronto on April 15, 2015. Representatives of Canadian travel media publications and the travel trade (tour operators) met with destinations from New York State and had an opportunity to get familiar with the New York ...
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Public Affairs Section Visits the City of Guelph

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate Toronto visited the City of Guelph on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 with the purpose of discussing the future educational-cultural partnership between the U.S. Consulate and the City of Guelph. The visiting PAS delegation consisted of Public Affairs Officer Hilary Renner, Cultural/ Academic Program Assistant Claudia Valladolid, and ...
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U.S. Consulate Support Retrospective Exhibition American Ceramist at Clay & Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery presented its newest exhibition,Rethinking Mythos: A Mid-career Retrospective of Neil Tetkowski on March 29, 2015. This exhibition has been made possible in part by a grant though the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Small Grants Program. Curated by Christian Bernard Singer, Rethinking Mythos is a comprehensive exhibition that celebrates the creative ...
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Trafficking in Persons: Perspectives, Challenges, and Solutions Roundtable

U.S. Consulate Toronto and the University of Toronto’s Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies co-hosted a Trafficking in Persons: Perspectives, Challenges, and Solutions Roundtable, on February 27, 2015. The roundtable featured opening remarks by Jim Dickmeyer, Consul General of the United States of America. The Consul General was interviewed by the Munk School’s Global Conversations ...
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Ambassador Heyman Tours the Canadian International Auto Show 2015

Ambassador Bruce Heyman toured the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) on February 13, 2015. He visited the booths of U.S. automakers to highlight their innovative achievements and celebrate their successes over the past year. The automotive industry is a key element in the U.S.-Canada commercial relationship, with highly integrated supply chains and production processes that ...
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Consulate Co-hosts Youth Radicalization: Policy & Education Response Conference

‘Youth Radicalization: Policy & Education Response’ conference was co-hosted by Midaynta Community Services, @OISE/University of Toronto and the US Consulate Toronto on February 12-13, 2015 in Toronto. The conference brought youth organizations, parents, community organizations, educators, faith communities, religious leaders, government policymakers and implementers as well as the law enforcement agencies of Canada, the U.S. ...
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Foreign Commercial Service Leads a Canadian Delegation to World of Concrete

As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program, the Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Consulate Toronto led a 31-member Canadian delegation to the World of Concrete 2015 (WOC). WOC is an annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries showcasing leading industry suppliers featuring innovative products, construction ...
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Ambassador Heyman addresses Going Global: Toronto-Chicago Forum

Mayor John Tory, Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Sam Sebastian, the Managing Director of Google Canada, provided the opening addresses at Going Global: Toronto-Chicago, an international business development forum organized by INcubes Inc. on January 15, 2015. “Both cities can boast leading centers of academic and business excellence, and a civic environment,” said Ambassador Heyman during ...
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Meets with Minister Raitt in Toronto

U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt had a productive meeting in Toronto on December 18, to discuss key bilateral transportation issues, including proposals to align U.S. and Canadian rail safety standards. Secretary Foxx noted that U.S. and Canadian transportation networks are closely connected across all modes of transportation, and ...
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Ambassador Heyman Visits Markham

Accompanied by Consul General Jim Dickmeyer, Ambassador Bruce Heyman visited the City of Markham to meet with Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of City of Markham, and other municipal and regional business leaders as well as to visit Markham’s Pan Am Center on December 15, 2014. After his meeting with the Mayor Scarpitti, Ambassador Heyman spoke to ...
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U.S. Consulate and Ashoka Canada Bring Social Entrepreneurs Together

U.S. Consulate Toronto and Ashoka Canada marked the Global Entrepreneurship Week by holding a discussion on North American scaling and growth in partnership on November 18, 2014. The event featured two special guests: Vicki S. Heyman, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and Thania Panopoulos, an entrepreneur and consultant and a member of SVP ...
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Ambassador Heyman and Vicki Heyman Celebrate Thanksgiving with AmCham Canada

Ambassador Heyman and Vicki Heyman joined the AmCham Canada’s Annual U.S. Thanksgiving celebration of on Monday, November 17th at the National Club. Mrs. Vicki Heyman welcomed more than 100 guests of this dinner reception with a speech. Noting that Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to give back, Mrs. Heyman mentioned Canadian changemakers such as We Day ...
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Supporting LGBT Youth Homelessness Summit

On November 17- 18, the U.S. Consulate supported the participation of six U.S. LGBT housing experts to participate in Out@Home: The LGBT Youth Homelessness Summit. This summit organized by the Canadian non-governmental organization Egale brought together national and international experts to work collaboratively to evaluate a model for the first LGBT specific youth housing facility ...
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U.S. Consulate Hosts Educational Roundtable

On Friday, November 14, the Toronto Consulate hosted an educational roundtable “Perspectives on Ontario’s Educational System” with superintendents, academics, education experts, and governmental policy representatives from Ontario and the State of Kentucky. The group from Kentucky was visiting Ontario as part of an educational leadership program organized by the College of Education and Human Resources ...
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Paying Respects to Corporal Nathan Cirillo

On Tuesday October 28, a contingent of Custom and Border Protection Officers and Border Patrol Agents from the Buffalo Field, Toronto Preclearance, and Buffalo Sector Offices represented U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Regimental Funeral for Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Thousands of military and law enforcement personnel participated in the procession from Bayfront Park to ...
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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Meets with Canadian and Mexican Counterparts in Toronto

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade, and Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Secretary of Economy, for the fourth North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference ( NACIC ) on October 31 in Toronto. The conference — organized by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Canadian International Council in collaboration with ...
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Ambassador Heyman Speaks at 2014 Ontario Economic Summit

On Thursday, October 23rd the United States Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman spoke at the 2014 Ontario Economic Summit. The Ontario Economic Summit is an annual three day event held in Niagara on the Lake that brings together private and public sector leaders to share insights, explore partnership opportunities, and shape public policy. Ambassador Heyman ...
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Youth in Politics Speaker Anne Johnson in Toronto

 On Monday, October 13th the United States Consulate General in Toronto welcomed Executive Director of Generation Progress Anne Johnson as a part of the Department of State’s Youth in Politics Speaker Program. Generation Progress is the youth division of the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of ...
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2014 Midterm Elections Speaker

Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William Mary, and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, recently visited Canada as part of the U.S. Consulate’s 2014 Midterm Election speaker series. He conducted presentations for Canadian students and the general public on the upcoming ...
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Youth Ambassadors Program Alumna Speaks at WeDay

2013 U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassadors Program Alumna Melanie-Rose Frappier spoke at WeDay’s Aboriginal panel on October 2nd at the Air Canada Centre. Congratulations on this achievement! Melanie Frappier is an active youth member of the Métis Nation of Ontario; she also participates in various Aboriginal events such as Louis Riel Day and National Aboriginal Day in her Sudbury community. She is ...
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NASA Administrator Meets Students at the Ontario Science Centre

On October 1, 2014, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. visited the Ontario Science Centre as a part of NASA’s science education outreach program. More than 300 students from Don Mills, Mark Garneau, David and Mary Thomson and Winston Churchill Collegiate Institutes as well as Senator O’Connor College School attended Bolden’s motivational presentation and discussion. The NASA Administrator talked about NASA and shared some ...
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U.S. Consular Affairs Official Speaks With Ethnic Media

The U.S. Consulate General hosted a press conference for Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele Bond with 20 representatives of ethnic media on Thursday, September 25th during her recent visit to Toronto. Bond had the opportunity to update and answer questions from print, broadcast, and radio journalists on recent improvements and innovations to Consular ...
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CBP and CBSA Ramp-Up Trusted Traveler Enrollments in Toronto

Office of Public Affairs September 26, 2014 Contact: CBP Public Affairs (202) 344-1780 News Release CBP and CBSA Ramp-Up Trusted Traveler Enrollments in Toronto WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will hold a Trusted Traveler enrollment event to expedite pending NEXUS applications at the Toronto preclearance facility beginning next ...
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Go US Paralympic Soccer Team!

Consul General Jim Dickmeyer recently visited the University of Toronto’s newly renovated Back Campus athletic fields to cheer on the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team in their America Cup first round match against Mexico. The American squad played a fabulous game, winning 3-0 in convincing fashion. Consul General Jim Dickmeyer congratulated the team after the ...
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Border of the Future

Consul General Jim Dickmeyer spoke at the Eastern Border Transport Coalition Annual Workshop on “The Border of the Future” on September 16, 2014 to an audience of business representatives and other border stakeholders at the Ontario Investment and Trade Center. Speaking about what was already accomplished under Beyond the Border (BTB,) Consul General Dickmeyer lauded ...
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Toronto International Film Festival 2014

The United States Foreign Commercial Service hosted the first-ever luncheon on the occasion of the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday which was followed by the second annual reception in honor of U.S. and Canadian Film Partnerships. Hosted by the U.S. Consul General Jim Dickmeyer at his residence, the event was attended by a diverse group ...
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Toronto Reporter on U.S. Tour

In March, Toronto writer Fraser Los took part in a 10-day energy reporting tour coordinated by the U.S. Consulate General Toronto and the Washington Foreign Press Center. Here’s a blog he wrote on his energetic trip: Our relationship with energy in Canada is undergoing a major transformation, as it is throughout the globe. And whether ...
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Neighbourly Knowledge

With spring finally releasing Toronto from the cold grip of winter, more fresh air was to be had at York University’s Glendon College over the last weekend of March. Students at the Toronto school organize an annual symposium focusing on a country of their choice and this year it was Canada’s closest neighbor, the U.S. ...
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Toronto healthcare round table

Two American Fulbright scholars in Canada as visiting research chairs at the University of Alberta and McMaster University respectively participated in an informative round table on health, welfare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the U.S. Consulate General Toronto Friday afternoon. Interested Canadians from nearby hospitals, think tanks and universities heard the professors present ...
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Harvard Gathering in Toronto

Harvard graduates from decades ago to future students heading there this fall gathered for a talk recently at the U.S. Consul General to Toronto, Jim Dickmeyer’s residence. The event was coordinated by local Harvard Kennedy School alumni and featured a discussion led by a recent graduate. Karim Bardeesy, MPP’08, addressed the two dozen attendants on ...
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Show what you know!

Think you know everything there is to know about the United States? Students at York University’s Glendon College want to challenge this assumption and help you discover more about Canada’s closest neighbor. Every year, organizers in the school’s International Studies Symposium choose a place to highlight, and this year’s symposium showcases America. It’s the 19th ...
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American goodies

Representatives from all over the U.S., including places closer to Canada such as Illinois and Pennsylvania, have gathered at this year’s Canadian Restaurant and Food services Association (CRFA) Show in Toronto. The annual CRFA Show  is a chance for people involved in food service and restaurants, everything from menus to plates to food and drinks and more ...
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Studying down south!

Close to 100 students and their parents dropped by the EducationUSA booth at the recent  Study and Go Abroad Fair   held at the Toronto Convention Centre. EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of advising centers around the work – including Canada. This office provides international students with accurate, comprehensive and current information about how to apply to ...
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Aspiring diplomats get inspired

Aspiring diplomats gathered at the U.S. Consul General to Toronto’s residence recently for a rare opportunity to hear two seasoned diplomats discuss the importance of the U.S.-Canada relationship. Speaking from the Canadian point of view was Michael Kergin. He was Canada’s ambassador to Washington from 2000-2005 and before that held senior positions in both the ...
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Empowering Muslim Communities

In a two-day visit organized by the U.S. Consulate, Tayyibah Taylor, founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah magazine, spoke to audiences in London and Toronto regarding the identity and representation of Muslims in North America. Throughout her visits, Taylor stressed the importance of educating both Muslim and non-Muslim communities about the non-monolithic nature of the ...
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Peace Bridge BTB Project

Leaders of various American and Canadian government and other agencies gathered at the Peace Bridge linking Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, Monday morning for a snowy tour of phase two of a pilot project aimed at expediting the flow of legitimate trade and travel while ensuring border security and integrity. The project is ...
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Cross Border Connections

What do you get when you take 400 e-mails, 12 months and 10 artists from the U.S. and Canada? A calendar celebrating cross-border connections. After more than a year of collaboration — and many e-mails and meetings — the U.S. Consulate General Toronto and OCAD University have produced a beautiful calendar filled with artwork from ...
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Toronto Black Film Festival

It’s the second year that Toronto has hosted a Black Film Festival and for the sophomore edition the organizers brought in a special speaker. American executive and best-selling author Stedman Graham is in town this week talking about his nine-step plan for success. Graham has written just under a dozen books and they often focus ...
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Connecticut visits Toronto

Representatives from Connecticut visited Toronto this week to give the city a sampling of their tasty treats and wonderful tourism spots and take Canadian minds off their long cold winter. The Toronto office of the U.S. Commercial Service worked with the state’s government, food and tourism industry to put together a great one-stop-shop of all ...
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Race to Indy!

If you’re looking at a map and want to circle a city to visit you might pick Indianapolis – and not only because it’s called Circle City. Nicknamed for the great downtown ring called Monument Circle, the city is steeped in history and making history. With a storied past and an exciting present, Indianapolis is ...
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Did you know that?

With information overload coming at you from all directions – the TV, the radio, your smart phone, your tablet, your desktop, your four-year-old – sometimes it’s nice to have one document of clearly organized information that will make you stop and say, “I didn’t know that.” The U.S.-based Wilson Center has such documents. As a ...
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Toronto Energy Talks

North American energy independence is a topic often dissected in the news these days so the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a roundtable discussion on the matter. American speakers were brought to Canada as part of a larger full-day conference put on by the University of Toronto titled Fueling the Future. A professor from ...
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Consulate Launches Facebook Page

In a speech to a group of high school students in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Obama reiterated the spirit of diversity that defines the American nation. Reminding his audience of the importance of preserving and embracing their history, he stated, “…we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are—in our bones…immigrants helped ...
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First Nations Educator heads to D.C.

Five Canadians in the education sector are visiting Washington, D.C., now as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Higher Education in the America. This program enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts ...
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Duluth a Midwestern Gem

People in Duluth have a reason to feel superior and it’s not only because their fair city lies on the shores of Lake Superior in Northeast Minnesota. This Great Lake, one of the four out of five that the U.S. shares with Canada, has provided Duluth with commerce, sport and beauty since the city was ...
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