Episode 107 of the Kentucky Gazette Podcast

Over 100,000 jobs in Kentucky depend on trade and investment in Canada. In 2015 businesses in the commonwealth exported $7.7 billion worth of goods and services to our neighbor to the north. This makes Canada the destination for 26 percent – more than one quarter – of all of Kentucky’s global exports.

Last month Laura Cullen Glasscock sat down with Douglas George is the Consul General of Canada. He was in Kentucky for meeting with Gov. Matt Bevin and other Kentucky leaders.

While he was here Gov. Bevin declared it “Canada week in Kentucky” to celebrate the business and cultural relationship the commonwealth shares with our northern neighbor.

Mr. George who serves as Consul General of Canada is based in Detroit and is responsible for the Canadian relations with the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and most recently served as Canada’s ambassador to Kuwait.

A recognized as a trade policy expert, Mr. George has worked in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the U.S. Trade and Economic Policy Division. He served as senior departmental advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade as well as Director of the Softwood Lumber Division, the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division, and the Tariffs and Goods Market Access Division.