Consul General Blais
Message from the Consul General
I continue to be excited by the many challenges and opportunities inherent in my responsibilities as Canada’s Consul General in Atlanta, representing Canada in six states in the Southeast: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Historic links between Canada and the Southeast go back to before the American Revolution and hundreds of thousands of Canadians visit the region every year, especially during the northern winter. We are pleased to provide consular services to Canadians living in or visiting the six states.
Canadians and Americans have been close security partners from the two World Wars to more recent efforts in Afghanistan. Members of Canada’s Armed Forces serve with their American counterparts at a number of U.S. bases in the Southeast.
Canada is the largest or the second largest export market for each of the six states and total two-way trade between Canada and this region was more than $53 billion in 2014. It is estimated that over one million jobs in this territory depend of trade with Canada. A large number of Canadian investors have made substantial commitments in the region. Canada remains the largest foreign supplier of energy to the United States.
I believe there is further potential for growth in these relationships and am looking forward to working with partners and friends here in the Southeast to achieve this objective.
Louise Blais began her professional career at Interpol and the National Archives of Canada before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996. She has served abroad as Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington and Tokyo and as Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Paris. In Ottawa, she has held the position of Director of the Public Diplomacy Division and Executive Director of the Rotational Staff Division before being appointed Consul General of Canada in Atlanta.
Louise Blais has served on numerous boards including the Helen Hayes Awards, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and the Tokyo International Film Festival. She is also an alum of the Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Trans-Atlantic and World Young Leaders Forum (2001, 2002, and 2005).
Louise Blais holds a B.A. from McGill University. She is married and has two sons.
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