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Officials from Canadian consulate visit APSU

September 30, 2003

With months of political tension between the Bush administration and Canadian authorities, various efforts are underway to renew friendly relationships between the conjoined countries.

In early October, officials from the Canadian Consulate will visit three college/university campuses in Tennesseeand Austin Peay is one of the three.

Consul Denis Langlois and Judith Costello, both from the Canadian Consultate in Atlanta, will visit the APSU campus on Wednesday, Oct. 8.
September 30, 2003

With months of political tension between the Bush administration and Canadian authorities, various efforts are underway to renew friendly relationships between the conjoined countries.

In early October, officials from the Canadian Consulate will visit three college/university campuses in Tennesseeand Austin Peay is one of the three.

Consul Denis Langlois and Judith Costello, both from the Canadian Consultate in Atlanta, will visit the APSU campus on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

According to Dr. Karen Sorenson, associate professor of French and coordinator of Austin Peay's International Studies Program, which is sponsoring the day's activities, Costello will meet with interested faculty from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 130, Harned Hall to discuss grant opportunities and promote Canadian studies.

At 10 a.m. in Room 307 of the Morgan University Center, Langlois will discuss “U.S.-Canada: Common Values/Uncommon Partnership.” His talk is free and open to the public.

In July 2000, Langlois accepted his current post in Atlanta as consul and program manager of public affairs. His duties include political, economic, academic, cultural and media relations as well as consular services to Canadian citizens in the seven-state Southeast region of the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

An attorney, Langlois was admitted to the Quebec Bar Association in 1989. Before his Atlanta appointment, he was a senior legal officer with the International Environmental Law section of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). His portfolio includes the “North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation” and the “Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer.”

Before joining DFAIT, Langlois worked for the Environmental Law and Institutions Unit of the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, and for two Canadian law firms. He has spoken at numerous academic and legal conferences throughout Canada and in Africa, Mexico, Central and South America and West Asia.

Since May 1988, Costello has been the political, economic and academic relations officer for the Canadian Consulate General, Atlanta. She serves as liaison with elected officials and their staff at the federal, state and local levels. She monitors legislative and regulatory activity and assists in conveying advocacy messages of concern to Canada.

In her academic relations capacity, Costello works with colleges and universities throughout the Southeast to encourage the study of Canada, and she helps administer Canadian Studies grants, which provide support for such studies and research.

For more information about the APSU visit of Langlois and Costello, telephone Sorenson at 6246.
--Dennie B. Burke