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Diplomatic Dialogue: A meeting with James K. Hill, Consul General of Canada

  • 06/23/2022
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Consulate General of Canada, Atlanta, GA 30361-6205
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Diplomatic Dialogue reception with James Hill, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta

Join us for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with James Hill, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta. The Consul General will be returning from the Southeast U.S.-Canadian Provinces conference in Savannah held earlier in the week and will discuss the vibrant trade and strategic relationship between Canada and the U.S. with Mark Pierson, ACIR's Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development. Attendees (limited to 28) will be able to ask the Consul General questions after the discussion. Remarks are strictly off-the-record and not recorded.

The reception will feature European wines sponsored by Medici International and Canadian beer and snacks sponsored by Chester County, South Carolina.

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m - 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Consulate General of Canada

1175 Peachtree Street, NE,

100 Colony Square, Suite 1700,

Atlanta, GA 30361-6205

(Free parking available with validation if parked in the parking deck)

For your safety and the safety of others, ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people or those immune from a previous COVID Infection  attend.

About Consul General James K. Hill

James K. Hill: B. Ed., University of Saskatchewan, 1983; BA [History], University of Saskatchewan, 1985; Post Graduate Diploma [International Studies], University Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1998. Mr. Hill joined the Department of External Affairs in 1989. Prior to his assignment as Canada’s Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica with cross accreditation to the Republics of Honduras and Nicaragua, Mr. Hill served abroad as Consul General in Seattle, Washington; Chargé d’ affaires at the Embassy of Canada in Kuwait; Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Canada, Tripoli, Libya. These were preceded by assignments as High Commissioner of Canada in Maputo, Mozambique; Consul General of Canada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Head of the Canadian Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission in Pristina, Kosovo (Yugoslavia) and as Second Secretary & Vice Consul at the Embassy of Canada in Tehran, Iran.

At Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Mr. Hill held management positions as Director for Middle East & Africa Commercial/Economic Relations, Director for Europe & Central Asia Commercial/Economic Relations, Deputy Director of the Latin America Division and Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Summits Office.

Mr. Hill was born and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

About United States - Canada Relations

The United States and Canada share the world’s longest international border, 5,525 miles with 120 land ports-of-entry, and our bilateral relationship is one of the closest and most extensive. Nearly $1.7 billion a day in goods and services trade crosses between us every day. The February 23, 2021 Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership highlights the depth and breadth of the relationship. It establishes a blueprint for an ambitious and whole-of-government effort against the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of our mutual prosperity. It creates a partnership on climate change, advances global health security, bolsters cooperation on defense and security, and it reaffirms a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and justice. Our two countries, building on our shared history and geography, work closely together on multiple levels including collaborating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, an inclusive and robust economic recovery, the global climate challenge, border and national security, global affairs, the opioid crisis, environmental protection, and free trade.

Canada – U.S. Bilateral Trade: The United States and Canada share a trillion dollar trade and investment relationship. This economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada supports millions of jobs in both countries through direct foreign investment, cross-border trade, and our integrated economies. Canada buys more from the U.S. than any other country by a wide margin. Moreover, Canada buys more from the U.S. than the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany combined. No industry better depicts the relationship between Canada and the U.S. than the automotive industry, with its highly integrated supply chains resulting in nearly $110 billion in bilateral trade. Factories in both countries specialize in specific components of manufacturing a vehicle. By the time a car rolls off an assembly line, some materials/components have crossed the Canada-U.S. border multiple times during the production process.

  • Millions of U.S. jobs depend on trade & investment with Canada
  • Canada is the #1 customer for most U.S. states
  • Canada and the U.S. trade an average of $1.4 million in bilateral goods and services every minute of every day.
  • 76% of Canadian exports to the U.S. are raw materials, parts, and components used to create other goods in the U.S.
  • Canada is the #2 source of foreign direct investment in the U.S.

Canada – Georgia Bilateral Trade:  Of the six states covered by the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, Georgia’s trade relationship with Canada ranks #2, equaling $11.2 billion annually in 2021, and surpassed only by Tennessee. Of the $6.2 billion that Georgia exports to Canada, automobiles and plastics account $944 million of that, or 15%. The Canadian footprint in Georgia is considerable concentrated primarily in the automotive supply chain nexus, lumber production and agriculture related sectors and includes notable Canadian companies such as Magna International, lumber giants Canfor, West Fraser and Interfor and Irving Consumer Products. It is a relationship that has not gone unnoticed, as the Consulate has been located in Atlanta for nearly 50 years.

  • 367 Canadian-owned businesses employ over 45,000 workers in Georgia.
  • Canada is Georgia’s #1 customer.
  • Canada sells more to Georgia than it does to South Korea.

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