The 6-day educational working tour will visit Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia, Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, and Calgary in Alberta. During their time in Canada, the delegation will meet with legislators and business leaders to underscore the importance of US-Canada cooperation in the realms of trade, border security, and economic development, with special emphasis in technology, energy, rural development, and agriculture.
“I am humbled by the invitation to participate in the Embassy of Canada’s Rising State Leaders Program,” said Representative Corey Mock. “Canada is our state’s largest trading partners, with over $4 billion worth of North Dakota goods exported to Canadian markets every year. Especially in a time where relations between the two countries seem to be strained, I want to share North Dakota’s perspective on important issues like trade, border security, and energy production. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the fact-finding program and I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen the US-Canadian bond.”
The Rising State Leaders program was started in 2006 and has since brought over 80 American legislators to meet with Canadian elected officials and business leaders. The 2018 program runs from June 24 – 30. Other states represented include Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska.