GOVERNOR TALKS INNOVATION WITH CANADIANS
Meetings, speech focus on trade and international ties
Governor Janet Napolitano moved through a fast-paced schedule today in Canada, meeting with the country's Prime Minister and working with other groups to expand innovative business and trade relationships between Canada, its provinces, and Arizona.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper received the Governor at his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Their discussion was wide-ranging, including issues of climate change, trade, tourism, immigration and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Harper was supportive of Arizona's work in these areas, particularly the Governor's current plan to create a "3-in-1" driver's license that would serve as verification of citizenship, and as a travel document allowing
easier legal transit between the United States and Canada.
Earlier in the day, Governor Napolitano - accompanied by representatives of Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Science Foundation Arizona - met with leaders of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. They successfully reached agreement on a plan
to create a tri-lateral relationship between Arizona, Mexico and Canada that will focus on the collaboration, development, and commercialization of border security technologies. The stated goal is to bring universities of all three nations together to in a border security "center of excellence," tasked with developing a pilot project that uses technology to expedite border
security, crossings, and facilitates trade.
The Governor underscored her commitment to these types of innovative partnerships in a speech today at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. She talked most specifically about the critical connection between excellent education and economic development. Governor Napolitano
said, "Arizona and Ottawa recognize innovation and commercialization activities will create the jobs of the future. We also understand that by educating and training a well-qualified workforce, we create the high quality of life attracts talented people."
Also today, Governor Napolitano met with Canada's Minister of International Trade, David Emerson. They discussed Canada's east-west "Asia Pacific Corridor," and how it will one day interface with trade along the CANAMEX corridor.
Tonight, the Governor will move on to Toronto, to promote tourism between Arizona and Canada.