Canadian delegation at the US Capital to attend National Governors Association 2018 Winter Meeting, Feb. 23-25 2018
NICKEL BELT/ GREATER SUDBURY – Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, is traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Governors Association 2018 Winter Meeting as member of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group Canadian delegation.
The National Governors Association is an organization consisting of the governors of the states, territories, and commonwealths of the United States. The NGA’s role is to act as a collective voice for governors on matters of national policy, as well as allowing governors to share best practices and coordinate inter-state initiatives.
This year, plenary sessions at the NGA Winter Meeting will focus on a wide range of issues, such as international cooperation, the future of food and agriculture, the opioid crisis, higher education, caring for veterans, and economic development. The theme for the Winter Meeting is innovation.
Over the weekend, Inter-Parliamentary Group delegates will observe the plenary sessions, have official meetings scheduled with State Governors John Carney (Delaware), Doug Burgum (North Dakota), and Butch Otter (Idaho). Additionally, delegates are scheduled to meet with David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and will attend keynote speeches by the Honorable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, and by Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.
“The Nickel Belt—Greater Sudbury region has a proud tradition of collaboration with innovators in the United States; a key example of this is American support of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory—or SNOLAB—which led the discovery of neutrino oscillations, demonstrating that neutrinos have mass, and for which Canada’s Dr. Arthur McDonald was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Continuing this tradition, the American National Science Foundation has provided SNOLAB with $30 million in funding for a project that is beginning this year. I am very pleased to attend the National Governors Association 2018 Winter Meeting with the Canadian delegation, including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Premier of Québec Philippe Couillard. I look forward to meeting with State Governors and discussing how innovation and technology are solving some of the most pressing challenges we collectively share across North America, and to strengthen the bonds that make Canada the number one partner for the US when it comes to trade, research, and innovation.”
–-Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
For more information on the National Governors Association 2018 Winter Meeting, please visit: http://www.nga2018.org/
For more information on the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, please visit: https://www.parl.ca/IIA/Association