Canada’s top diplomat for Upper Midwest to visit UND campus

Consul General Jamshed Merchant

The top Canadian diplomat for the Upper Midwest region of the United States will be a special guest on the University of North Dakota campus Thursday, Jan. 24, when he will meet with University leaders and  lunch with campus community guests – many of whom hail from or have strong ties to Canada.

Consul General Jamshed Merchant, Canada’s senior representative in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, also will take part in a UND Canadian Studies class, led by Assistant Professors Kyle Conway and Timothy Pasch, as part of his campus visit.

Members of the media are invited to take part in a brief question-and-answer session with Consul General Merchant between lunch and the Canadian Studies class. Media also are welcome to sit in on the classroom discussion with the Consul General.  All events will take place at the Gorecki Alumni Center, on University Avenue, west of the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The Consul General will be visiting UND on the heels of his appearance at the Red River Basin Commission annual conference in Grand Forks. His visit to campus will focus on learning about existing UND research and scholarly activities that involve Canadian interests as well as exploring opportunities for new collaborations between UND and Canada.

Consul General Merchant’s schedule at UND

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Meeting with University leaders and special guests

12:20 to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:35 to 1:55 p.m. – Media opportunity, Hyslop Board Room (Gorecki Alumni Center)

2 to 3:15 p.m. – Canadian Studies class

Consul General Jamshed Merchant

Jamshed Merchant began serving as Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis in October 2012. He is Canada’s senior representative in the Upper Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Jamshed leads a team of professionals building two-way trade and investment ties, engaging decision-makers and citizens on a range of issues important to both countries and helping Canadians living and traveling in the region.

Jamshed started his career as a faculty lecturer in Geography at McGill University in Montreal in 1979. In 1983, he joined the Alberta government’s Ministry of the Environment as a soil scientist working on land reclamation. From 1985 to 2001, Jamshed worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a soil conservationist in Alberta and Saskatchewan. From 2001 to 2003, he was Director General of the Government On-Line Division with the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Between 2003 and 2007, Jamshed worked with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. Federal Office of Management and Budget). He returned to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2007 and was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Agri-Environment Services Branch in 2008 (Canada’s equivalent of the Natural Resources Conservation Services branch at the USDA).

Strong Relationship between Canada and North Dakota

Bilateral trade between Canada and North Dakota is valued at over $3billion, and over 500,000 Canadians visit North Dakota each year, spending over $150M (data provided by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C).

For more information on Canada’s relationship with North Dakota, please contact:

Consulate General of Canada
701 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 900, Minneapolis, Minn., 55415
Phone: 612.333.4641 or Fax: 612.332.4061

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