Canadians Head to Washington for IVLP on Transportation Safety and Security

Experts working in the field of transportation in Canada will visit Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities from April 13 to May 1 as participants in an International Visitors’ Leadership Program (IVLP) looking at best practices for improving transportation safety and security. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

This program will bring together officials involved in the transportation field and highlight the importance of safety and security and its role in trade facilitation. Canadian participants and their U.S. counterparts will meet to discuss the current status of transportation systems’ safety and security regulations, standards and their effect on cross-border transportation, risk reduction strategies and the benefits and further potential of trusted trader and trusted traveler programs. It will also focus on emergency management and environmental concerns.

Participants in this program are:

  • Martin Breault, Director of Land Transportation for Persons, Quebec Department of Transportation (Quebec)
  • Anne-Louise Chauvette, Public Affairs Advisor, Nova Bus (Montreal)
  • Victoria Balance, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (Calgary)

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Approximately 40 Canadians a year benefit from three-week study tours, as guests of the United States. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews before and after the program upon request.

Media Contact

Jennifer Young
Senior Media Specialist
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Tel: 613-688-5315