Supporting Women Entrepreneurs and Mothers

The U.S. Consulate in Vancouver is a proud supporter of women’s empowerment, education and leadership. This fall, the Consulate supported two outstanding conferences that brought light to these issues, EXCELerate: Grow Your Business with the Speed of Collaboration and Mothers as a Catalyst of Change: Inspiration from Around the World. EXCELerate 2015: Grow Your Business ... Read More»

Promoting Study and Work in the USA

Are you interested in studying or working in the USA? This fall, staff from the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver traveled to numerous events to provide resources and information for Canadians and third-country nationals resident in Canada who want to study or work in America. UBC’s Alumni Centre invited the Consulate to speak at Your Next ... Read More»

Consul General Lynne Platt Highlights U.S. Arctic Policy

The week of November 16, Consul General Lynne Platt attended two separate events focused on Arctic issues, discussing the role of the United States-Canada partnership in responsibly and sustainably developing the Arctic. CG Platt traveled from November 14-18 to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories for the Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER) legislative legal assembly ... Read More»

Border, Ports, and Rail Tour Comes to British Columbia

On October 27, 2015, Consul General Lynne Platt hosted a reception for a delegation from the United States as part of the Canada Border, Ports, and Rail Tour 2015 organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle. The tour came just ahead of the ... Read More»

Summer Updates

It has been a busy summer at the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver! To find out what we have been up to, read on below about the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, our Annual Independence Day Party, Indian Summer Fest, and more! Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Joe Biden came to Vancouver as a Presidential ... Read More»

Kicking it in Vancouver!

As FIFA Women’s World Cup play unfolded in Canada, U.S. Consulate General Vancouver welcomed Lori Lindsey to the city to start the soccer superstar’s Sports Diplomacy tour in Canada. The Department of State’s Sports United worked with the Public Affairs section to bring the former U.S. women’s team midfielder to Vancouver on June 16 and ... Read More»

Valentine Road in Vancouver

Emmy nominated American film director, writer, producer and advocate, Marta Cunningham, visited Vancouver two weeks ago as part of a speaking / film screening tour to Canada. Her first feature, the documentary Valentine Road, was acquired by HBO documentaries and premiered to great acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She has screened Valentine Road ... Read More»

Spring Updates

Chasing Ice Documentary Screening & Discussion On April 23, 2015, CG Platt and PA hosted a film screening of “Chasing Ice” in celebration of Earth Day. 57 individuals were in attendance, and included academia, environmental experts, and students. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and a networking reception. The screening and discussion was ... Read More»

Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center in Blaine

Consul General Lynn Platt helps open the new Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center (EC) in the Birch Bay Square business center, Blaine, Washington. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the relocation and expansion of a joint “Trusted Traveler” Enrollment Center (EC) in the Birch Bay Square business center, ... Read More»

The Vancouver Writers Fest 2014

The Vancouver Writers Fest is an annual event which brings together literary notables from around the globe for five days of book readings, lectures and other events. For the past 27 years, it has provided a platform for authors and readers to meet, engage in discussion, and exchange inspiration and ideas. The Writers Fest events ... Read More»

TEDxRenfrewCollingwood 2014

The 2nd annual TEDxRenfrewCollingwood was a daylong event that showcased and celebrated dynamic ideas and peoples from the East Vancouver neighborhood, as well others from across North America. All the talks were presented at Windermere Secondary School’s auditorium on Saturday, October 25. This year’s theme was “Rock, Paper, Scissors!” which incorporated a varied series of ... Read More»

9/11 Commemoration and Memorial Ride 2014

On Thursday September 11, 2014, Deputy Principal Officer Joe Salazar and representatives from the US Consulate attended the 13th annual 9/11 Memorial Ride and Service at the Peace Arch Boarder Crossing. Members of Canadian and American emergency services, border officials, and military personnel rode motorcycles and emergency vehicles to Peace Arch from the River Rock ... Read More»

New CG Lynne Platt and Ambassador Heyman Visit Yukon

During her first week as Vancouver’s Consul General, Lynne Platt accompanied Ambassador Bruce Heyman to Whitehorse for the 11th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (CPAR). The conference was attended by approximately 150 people including parliamentary representatives, indigenous peoples, organizations affiliated with the Arctic Council, and local dignitaries. The discussions addressed the issues of ... Read More»

Qatuwas 2014: Tribal Journeys Converge upon Bella Bella, BC

The United States Consulate General Vancouver was pleased to send a representative to attend the Qatuwas 2014 Canoe Journey and inaugural Indigenous Economic Opportunities Summit. The Qatuwas Tribal Journey, which was originally first held in Bella Bella, British Columbia in 1993, is a week-long cultural event in which coastal tribal communities from Alaska to Oregon ... Read More»

Young Canadian Leaders Headed to U.S. for Youth Ambassador Program

The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the State University of New York (SUNY) in Plattsburgh and Fulbright Canada, are pleased to announce the selection of 18 Canadian youth and three Canadian adult educators for a Youth Ambassadors Program. Over 150 people across Canada applied for this program, and 21 participants were selected from a variety ... Read More»

Indian Summer Festival

The 4th annual Indian Summer Festival was a wonderful opportunity for South Asian art and culture to truly shine in Vancouver. Through public art exhibitions, literary presentations and mesmerizing performances by poets, musicians and dancers alike, this vibrant community has shown off its best and brightest throughout the last ten days. The U.S. Consulate General ... Read More»

Happy Independence Day

The Consulate General in Vancouver was delighted to ring in another July 4th this year in a celebration truly reflective of the close ties of the United States and Canada. Consul General Anne Callaghan welcomed over 400 guests to the celebration of the 238th anniversary of American Independence at her 4th of July garden party. ... Read More»

USS Decatur visits Vancouver

The United States Ship (USS) Decatur, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, visited Vancouver this week. The visit is an outward demonstration of the commitment that the US and Canada have to sustaining their cross-border cooperation. The U.S. Navy performs many friendship missions in order to foster relationships with their international partners, and in addition to ... Read More»

USS Nimitz Visits Victoria

On route to RIMPAC, a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in the north Pacific Ocean and is held every two years by the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the USS Nimitz dropped anchor near Esquimalt Harbour for a friendly visit to the city of Victoria, which it last visited in 2007. This visit ... Read More»

Dr. Christopher Sands visits Vancouver

The U.S. Consulate welcomed Dr. Christopher Sands, former Fulbright scholar and senior fellow at John Hopkins University, as part of a state department-sponsored cross-Canada speaker series. Vancouver was the first stop on a visit which will also include programs in Calgary and Toronto. During his time in Vancouver, Dr. Sands spoke to business leaders, researchers ... Read More»

Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration has come to a close in a whirlwind of vibrant colors and sounds. The week long celebration, held in the cities of Vancouver and Surrey, was an opportunity for performers from across Canada and the U.S. to showcase their talents and passion for Bhangra. The Consulate sponsored four American Bhangra ... Read More»

Ambassador and Mrs. Heyman Visit Vancouver

Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki are in Vancouver this week kicking off their cross-Canada trip which will take them to more than ten cities over the next few weeks. During the visit, Ambassador Heyman met with government, business, First Nations, community, and cultural leaders to discuss bilateral relations and learn about issues relevant ... Read More»

Vancouver Welcomes Innovative U.S. Companies to GLOBE 2014

Consulate General Vancouver and Commercial Service from Consulate General Calgary welcomed dozens of U.S. companies to GLOBE 2014, North America’s Largest International Forum on Business & the Environment. Held biannually in Vancouver, GLOBE is at the forefront of new ideas and insights on business and sustainability, bringing thousands of environmental business leaders, corporate environmental managers, ... Read More»

CG Visits Tesla’s Growing Vancouver Operation

During a visit to Tesla Motors’ Vancouver Service Centre Consul General Anne Callaghan test-drove the Tesla S and learned about the California-based manufacturer of electric cars’ expansion in Canada. Robin Peterson, Tesla’s Field Director for Western Canada, talked about upcoming plans for expansion, including the showroom set to open this spring on Robson Street in ... Read More»

Consulate Celebrates Newest American Citizens

The American Citizen Services Unit decorated the office in pink, blue, and white on March 11 to welcome families who visited the Consulate to register their babies as United States citizens. Consul General Anne Callaghan and Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Russel Brown, who was visiting from Ottawa, received families and presented commemorative certificates and ... Read More»

American Agriculture on Display at Annual CPMA Event

Dozens of American agricultural producers and exporters participated in the annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre last week. The event is CPMA’s keystone event and Canada’s largest event dedicated to the fruit and vegetable industry. The event provides a unique forum for industry leaders to ... Read More»

Non-Immigrant Visa Q&A

The US Consulate General Vancouver hosted a Google Hangout to answer questions from the web about Visas. Our two consular officers answered dozens of questions that were submitted both in advance, and live during the web chat. Consular officers spoke for more than 45 minutes, and questions came from a variety of sources, and were ... Read More»

Ryan Mulholland Visit

The US Consulate Vancouver co-sponsored a visit from Ryan Mulholland, a Senior Renewable Energy Trade Specialist at the US Department of Commerce. Mr. Mulholland visited Vancouver in order to speak at an energy conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, organized by the Sauder School of Business. The conference was attended by more than 200 industry ... Read More»

Foreign Commercial Service Officer Visits Vancouver

Cindy Biggs, the Principal Commercial Officer at the US Consulate General in Calgary, visited Vancouver to attend the 1st Annual Indigenous Energy Summit , and the BC Association of Mineral Exploration (AME)’s 2014 Mineral Exploration Roundup . We talked with her about some of the work the Commercial Service does to help facilitate the movement of goods, services, and individuals more swiftly across the Canada-US ... Read More»
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