Consul General Roy Norton

Message from the Consul General

No two countries enjoy a more extensive or deeper relationship than Canada and the USA. For more than 50 years, Canada's Consulate General in Detroit has been integral to this special relationship, managing and building relations with the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio – whose total population almost equals Canada's.

These four states share a common economic space with Canada. For each, Canada is the principal destination for their exports. The four states consume 15% of Canada's exports to the world, often remanufacturing Canadian components into U.S. exports to third countries. These large trade volumes mean jobs in the industrial heartland: more than 700,000 jobs in the states of IN, KY, MI and OH depend on two-way trade with Canada.

Businesses in Canada and the mid-western USA ‘make things together’ – notably, but not exclusively, in the automotive sector. The border serves to facilitate an ever-more integrated, two-directional supply chain. Mindful of future needs, our governments strive to ensure that border infrastructure vital to maximizing the vast economic potential of this region will be in place going forward.

For two centuries, since the War of 1812, Canada and the United States have been the strongest of allies and the best of friends. We collaborate constructively to help ensure development and peace globally – from Haiti to Afghanistan. Our law enforcement agencies, at all levels of government, work extremely closely to protect the safety and security of all Americans and Canadians. The border is managed to meet shared security imperatives of both countries without jeopardizing job-sustaining economic activity.

The Consulate General in Detroit promotes cooperation across a broad range of institutions and shared interests – academic, cultural, and environmental, in addition to economic. We work hard to preserve and enhance the shared resource of our Great Lakes. And we work closely with decision makers to ensure that consumers in both countries have access to the North American energy resources that will sustain competitive industrial and transportation sectors in both our countries.

But it is people-to-people ties that most closely bind our countries. Canada has a long history of welcoming the oppressed and disenfranchised, as well as economic migrants and folks seeking to reunite with their families. A memorial stands today in Windsor, Ontario, to the Underground Railroad (the Windsor/Essex region being a terminus in the 1800s).

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Consul General
Roy B. Norton

Biography - Consul General Roy B. Norton

As the Consul General of Canada based in Detroit, Roy Norton represents Canada in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. 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 August, 2010, Roy Norton served the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as Minister (Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Relations). In that capacity, he was responsible for the Canadian government's relations with the U.S. Congress, as well as for media & 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 Roy's 2nd posting in Washington; he served in the Embassy's Economic Section from 1990-94 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).