The Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) is honored to present: “Diplomatic Dialogue” a reception and discussion with:
James K. Hill
Consul General of Canada
Co-organized by the Consulate General of Canada
Rejoin ACIR for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with James Hill, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta. The Consul General will return from the Southeastern U.S.-Canada Provincial Conference in Savannah earlier in the week and will discuss the dynamic Canada-U.S. commercial and strategic relationship with Mark Pierson, Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development at CARI. Participants (limited to 28) will be able to ask questions of the Consul General after the discussion. Comments are strictly confidential and are not recorded.
The reception will feature European wines sponsored by Medici International and Canadian beer and snacks sponsored by Chester County, South Carolina.
Free with validation, if parked in the Colony Square parking lot
$10 members, $15 non-members, $5 students (GATech and UNG only), free interns
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so no later than 48 hours before the event. No refunds can be made after this.
Closing of registrations Tuesday, June 21 at noon
About Consul General James K. Hill
James K. Hill: BEd, University of Saskatchewan, 1983; BA [History], University of Saskatchewan, 1985; Graduate Diploma [International Studies], Cândido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1998. Mr. Hill joined the Ministry of External Affairs in 1989. Prior to his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica with Joint Accreditation to the Republics of Honduras and Nicaragua, Mr. Hill has served overseas as Consul General in Seattle, Washington; Chargé d’Affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Kuwait; Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Chargé d’Affaires at the Canadian Embassy, Tripoli, Libya. These were preceded by postings as Canadian High Commissioner to Maputo, Mozambique; Consul General of Canada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Head of the Canadian Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission in Pristina, Kosovo (Yugoslavia) and Second Secretary and Vice-Consul at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
At Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Mr. Hill held senior positions as Director of Trade/Economic Relations for the Middle East and Africa, Director of Trade/Economic Relations for Europe and Central Asia , 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 U.S.-Canada Relations
The United States and Canada share the world’s longest international border, 5,525 miles with 120 land entry points, and our bilateral relationship is one of the closest and most extensive. Nearly $1.7 billion a day in trade in goods and services passes through us every day. The February 23, 2021 Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership highlights the depth and breadth of the relationship. It sets out a blueprint for an ambitious, whole-of-government effort against the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of our mutual prosperity. It builds a partnership on climate change, advances global health security, strengthens defense and security cooperation, and reaffirms a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and justice. Our two countries, drawing on our shared history and geography, are working closely together on many levels, including collaborating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, an inclusive and robust economic recovery, the global climate challenge, the border and national security, global affairs, the opioid crisis, environmental protection and free trade.
Two-way trade between Canada and the United States: The United States and Canada share a trillion-dollar trade and investment relationship. This economic partnership between the United States and Canada supports millions of jobs in both countries through foreign direct investment, cross-border trade, and our integrated economies. Canada buys more from the United States than any other country by a wide margin. Moreover, Canada buys more from the United States than the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany combined. No industry better describes the Canada-US relationship than the automotive industry, with its highly integrated supply chains that generate nearly $110 billion in two-way trade. Factories in both countries specialize in specific components of vehicle manufacturing. By the time a car rolls off an assembly line, certain materials/components have crossed the Canada-US border several times during the production process.
- Millions of US jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada
- Canada is the number one customer of most US states
- Canada and the United States trade an average of $1.4 million in bilateral goods and services every minute of every day.
- 76% of Canadian exports to the United States consist of raw materials, parts and components used to create other goods in the United States
- Canada is the second largest source of foreign direct investment in the United States
Two-way trade between Canada and Georgia: Of the six states covered by the Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia’s trade relationship with Canada ranks second, worth $11.2 billion per year in 2021 , and is surpassed only by Tennessee. Of the $6.2 billion Georgia exports to Canada, automobiles and plastics account for $944 million, or 15%. The Canadian footprint in Georgia is significantly concentrated primarily in the automotive supply chain link, lumber production and agriculture related sectors and includes notable Canadian companies such as Magna International, the giants of Canfor, West Fraser and Interfor lumber and Irving Consumer Products. It’s a relationship that hasn’t gone unnoticed as the consulate has been located in Atlanta for nearly 50 years.
- 367 Canadian-owned companies employ more than 45,000 workers in Georgia.
- Canada is Georgia’s largest customer.
- Canada sells more to Georgia than to South Korea.