Jay Treaty Breakfast Event

U.S. Consul Tim Cipullo introducting Jennifer Wetmore of USCIS
U.S. Consul Tim Cipullo introducting Jennifer Wetmore of USCIS

In cooperation with World Trade Centre Winnipeg and the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, U.S. Consulate Winnipeg presented a breakfast event to explore opportunities for Canadian First Nations workers and businesses and the Canadian business community to fill the need for workers and services in the Bakken oil fields of the North Dakota and Montana.

Jennifer Wetmore of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Noel Halley, Chief Officer at CBP Pembina joined Darren Courchene of the TRCM to discuss the advantages afforded to Canadian First Nations workers who would like to work in the United States.

The session was of interest to Canadian businesses exploring opportunities in the USA and needing to send employees across the border – whether in the Bakken or anywhere in the USA.

We learned how partnering with Aboriginal business and communities could be a “win-win” scenario that may help Canadian businesses provide much-needed services to the Bakken region.

This session is the latest in a series of Breakfast Talks being rolled out under the World Trade Centre Winnipeg’s Bakken Market Access Program (MAP), which has been developed to assist Manitoba companies with their growing interest in a region that demonstrates tremendous commercial potential.

The Bakken is the vast oil-producing region spanning Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba. The rapid oil and gas sector development in this region creates significant opportunities for Manitoba companies to support the ongoing infrastructure and resource needs of oil companies, workers, and local communities.