Consul General James K. Hill
The United States and Canada enjoy a special relationship; we are not only neighbors but each other’s strongest allies and closest of friends. Nowhere is this unique friendship more evident than the Pacific Northwest where we share a common geography, economy and history.
Our security partnership is evident in the Canadian NORAD detachments deployed in Washington State and Alaska; these men and women work alongside their American counterparts to insure that North America’s skies stay safe.
Our economies are integrated; an estimated 375,500 jobs in the Pacific Northwest are dependent on US-Canada trade and investment; bilateral trade in our region totals over 33 billion and Canadians spend almost 1.3 billion in tourism dollars visiting the Pacific Northwest. Canada is the top export destination for Idaho and the second for Washington State, Oregon and Alaska.
Within my first few weeks as Canada’s top representative in the Pacific Northwest I have had the pleasure of visiting each state in the Consulate’s territory. I was truly touched by the warm welcome I received and as we advance further Canada’s relationship with the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, I look forward to this discovering all that this beautiful corner of the world has to offer.
Mr Hill has been a Career Diplomat since 1989 and served abroad most recently as Chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy, Kuwait (July 2014 - November 2014) and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2014) preceded by assignments as High Commissioner of Canada in Maputo, Mozambique, Consul General of Canada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Head of the Canadian Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission in Prishtina, Kosova (Yugoslavia), Consul and Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and as Second Secretary & Vice Consul at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
At the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa, Mr. Hill has held positions as Director for Middle East & Africa Commercial/Economic relations, Director for Europe & Central Asia Commercial/Relations, Deputy Director of the Latin America Division, Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Summits Office and as Senior Desk Officer in the Trade Commissioner Service Strategic Planning Division.
Mr. Hill was born and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He earned History and Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his graduate studies in International Studies at the University of Cândido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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