Canadian Students Visit the Canadian Embassy's Congressional Section

Canadian Students Visit the Canadian Embassy's Congressional Section

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James Liska
October 20, 2014

On Friday, October 3rd, TWC's Canadian students traveled to the Canadian Embassy to meet Meghan Sunderland and Ty Curran, Congressional attache and First Secretary of Defense, respectively, to hear about how Canadian interests are advocated for in DC.


Ms. Sunderland and Mr. Curran discussed with the students at length the role they have in working with both the U.S. Congress and the Department of Defense to lobby for Canadian interests, advise the U.S. government on issues involving Canada, and to encourage international cooperation. Both speakers discussed their path to become diplomats and answered questions from students on various issues, including the Keystone XL pipeline, international trade, and lobbying, as well as the life of a diplomat and the culture of the Canadian Embassy in the US.


When asked about the meeting, student Freshia Corpus said "To be able to check out the Canadian Embassy in DC was eye-opening for sure. To have a glimpse of Canadian-US relations as well as a bit of guidance with my options of a career in the foreign service was so helpful and inspiring." Student Phillipe Dubois also added that "Mr. Curran and Ms. Sunderland shared their experience while being interested in connecting with us, and it felt great to actually speak French for one of the first time this month!"


Students who participated in this visit are:

 

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