Backgrounder: New Member of the International Authority appointed for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project


New Member of the International Authority named for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project

Roy Norton

Mr. Norton is a seasoned diplomat whose career has spanned over 40 years in Canada-U.S. and international relations. He is a former Chief of Protocol of Canada at Global Affairs Canada, and is highly familiar with the needs of both Michigan and Ontario, having served as Consul General of Canada in Detroit from 2010 to 2014, and as a senior public servant for the Province of Ontario.

With extensive experience in relationship building on both the Canadian and the U.S. sides of the border, Mr. Norton has worked with leaders and stakeholders in the State of Michigan on outreach initiatives for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, and has been recognized for his advocacy work for the project in both Canada and the U.S.

Mr. Norton’s career has brought him to live and work across the globe, most notably in Washington, the States of Michigan and Illinois, and in Ottawa, Canada.

He is currently Diplomat-in-residence at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario.

Mr. Norton lives in Stratford, Ontario and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C. and a Master of Arts in Canadian History from Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario.

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