School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Friends, Neighbo(u)rs and Allies - the Canada-US relationship in a (not so) COOL perspective

Jamshed Merchant

Fmr Canadian Consul General (Minneapolis, MN); Visiting Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

Thursday November 17, 2016,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome

 


Jamshed Merchant | November 17, 2016

 

Jamshed Merchant

Fmr Canadian Consul General (Minneapolis, MN); Visiting Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

 

Abstract:
Canada and the United States share the world's largest trading relationship. It is a relationship that has provided continued prosperity and economic growth for both Canada and the United States. But what happens when that relationship is broken? Using COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) as an example, Jamshed Merchant, former Canadian Consul General in Minneapolis will discuss the importance of having a coherent and rigorous Canadian political and policy approach to address and resolve problems in Canada's trading relationship with the United States.

Biography:

Jamshed Merchant started his career as a faculty lecturer in geography at McGill University. Following this, he joined the Government of Alberta’s Department of the Environment in Edmonton as a soil scientist working on land reclamation.

Jamshed then joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and held numerous positions within the department, initially as a soil conservationist based in Vegreville, AB and eventually as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of AAFC and finally as Director General for Strategic Business Planning.

Jamshed then assumed the position of Director General, Government-on-Line with the department of Canadian Heritage. In leaving Canadian Heritage, Jamshed joined the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) initially as Executive Director for Transport, Infrastructure and the Environment and then as Assistant Secretary responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, the Climate Change Review and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions.

Jamshed returned to AAFC as Executive Director of the National Land and Water Information System and then as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Agri-Environment Services Branch.

Jamshed left AAFC to become Canada’s Consul General for the US Upper Mid-West based in Minneapolis, serving as Canada’s senior representative in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. At the end of this assignment, Jamshed joined Queens University as a Visiting Fellow.

Jamshed graduated from the University of East Anglia, U.K with a BSc in Environmental Science, and received his MSc in Pedology and Soil Survey from the University of Reading, UK.