Canada opens consulate in Palo Alto


Canada's ambassador to the United States was in Palo Alto Friday to officially open the new Canadian Consulate there.

The new consulate, one of 23 Canada maintains in the U.S., will focus on trade, investment and academic relations. Previously Canada maintained a consular office in San Jose. The country's main Bay Area consulate is located in San Francisco.

"California is a dynamic trading partner for Canada. There are many strong ties already between Canada and California in areas as diverse as trade, energy, food products, clean technology, computers and software, transportation, innovation, research and development, tourism and investment.

"I see many new exciting opportunities ahead to enhance this vital partnership," Ambassador Michael Wilson said.

Canada is the second largest market for California exports. As an example, California exported more than $1 billion worth of computer equipment to Canada in 2006, according to a statement from the Canadian consulate.

"California represents a significant market for Canada. Our new Consulate in Palo Alto, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the world's leading high-tech hub, will be promoting Canada as the ideal partner for California businesses," Canadian Consul General Marc LePlage said.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm

Attention Canada: Send maple syrup and lumber or we will shut off your access to facebook and google. Love, Palo Alto.

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Posted by too much traffic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 16, 2007 at 6:35 pm

I hope this consulate does not create too much traffic

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 16, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Where is it located in Palo Alto?

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Posted by it's a small world
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2007 at 9:45 am

Finally .. Palo Alto is on the map!

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:37 am

245 Lytton Ave. in downtown Palo Alto

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Cool. I didn't know consulates existed anywhere outside of huge cities!

Welcome Canada! ( thought it begs the many Canadians are living here..and why?? Jobs, I presume?)

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