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Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN)

The Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN) is a forum for local companies to access current information on issues, practices and trends that influence all aspects of international trade. 

Network features: 

  • Speaker series - highlighting global thought leaders 
  • Discussions on current and emerging issues in global trade
  • Dialogue on global markets and business operations 
  • Networking opportunities 

Save the Date | Upcoming Event:

Why Canada Matters to Wisconsin and Wisconsin Business

October 28, 2015  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  D. J. Bordini Center  |  Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Canada and the United States share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade relationship, supporting millions of jobs in each country. Canada is Wisconsin’s #1 customer, buying more goods from the state than its next six largest foreign markets combined. 158,000 jobs in Wisconsin depend on Canada-US trade and investment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the strong economic ties between Canada and the Appleton Region and the importance of continued collaboration with Consul General of Canada, Dr. Roy Norton. Currently representing Canada in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana, Roy Norton also served as Consul General in Detroit. He has also served as the chief liaison with the United States Congress at Canada’s Embassy in Washington D.C. 

Cost: Free event - pre-registration is required


Featured speaker: Consul General Roy B. Norton

As the Consul General of Canada based in Chicago, Roy Norton represents Canada in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Canadian Consulate General, which he heads, promotes Canadian interests - trade, investment, the environment, culture and academic relations being among the principal ones. The office also provides consular and passport services.

Until March, 2014, Roy served as Canada’s Consul General to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, based in Detroit. From 2006 to 2010 he was Minister (Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Relations) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for the Canadian government's relations with the U.S. Congress, as well as for media and public relations, cultural and academic relations, the interests of Canadian provinces & territories in Washington, D.C., the activities of Canadian legislators in Washington, and outreach to U.S. states.

That was his second posting in Washington; he served in the Embassy's Economic Section from 1990-1994 and was a member of Canada's negotiating teams for the intellectual property and investment chapters of NAFTA.

From 2000 until 2006 Roy was based in Toronto, working for the Government of Ontario (in '05-'06 as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations & Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs; previously as Assistant Deputy Minister Export Development, and President/CEO of Ontario Exports Inc., in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade).

Prior to his earlier Washington assignment, Roy worked in the Canadian Parliament (first in the House of Commons, then in the Senate) and, subsequently, for five years, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Foreign Minister. After leaving the Embassy in 1994 he worked as a consultant to the Canadian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Industry and to several private sector firms.

Born in Ottawa, Roy graduated initially from Carleton University (MA in Canadian History). He also holds Masters Degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (in Public Administration) and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (in International Public Policy), as well as a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS (in International Relations).

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Topic: Why Canada Matters to Wisconsin and Wisconsin Business

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 
11:30-1:00 p.m. 
Fox Valley Technical College
D.J. Bordini Center 

Cost: Free Event - Pre-registration is Required


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