Monday, November 9, 2009

New Canadian Consul General Visiting Pittsburgh This Week, Highlighting Key Relationships With Region

Marta Moszczenska, Canada's new Consul General for the region including Pittsburgh, will travel to the city this week to visit local officials, companies and organizations with interests in Canada.

Moszczenska replaces Consul General Steve Brereton, who has assumed a new post as Canadian Consul General in Atlanta. She has most recently served as Ambassador of Canada to Romania, with concurrent accreditation to Bulgaria and Moldova, and High Commissioner to Cyprus.

"We are honored to have Consul General Moszczenska coming to Pittsburgh," said Roger Cranville, Honorary Consul to Canada for Western Pennsylvania. "The relationship between Canada and the Greater Pittsburgh region is a very significant one, and one that provides great benefits in terms of jobs and economic impact."

This area exports more than $2.1 billion worth of goods and services to Canada every year, which results in tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in related business activity, Cranville said.

Recent trade figures show that Canada remained by far the largest customer for Pennsylvania exports, with more than $9.2 billion worth of goods shipped north of the border each year.

Exports from Pennsylvania to Canada exceeded shipments to the next seven countries combined – Mexico, China, Japan, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany and The Netherlands.

Some other recent trade facts:
- 295,250 Pennsylvania jobs are supported by Canada–U.S. trade
- Canada buys more than a third of Pennsylvania’s exports
- Canadians made more than 696,900 visits to the state, spending $118 million

Moszczenska is based in the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, which administers immigration, trade, consular and public affairs programs across Upstate New York, western and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia. CLICK HERE to visit the Consulate's website.

She joined the Canadian Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce in 1977 as a Commercial Officer. In 1985, she became a Foreign Service officer with the Department of External Affairs and International Trade and later served abroad in Milan and in Boston as a Trade Commissioner.

In Ottawa, she had several assignments in trade policy and with the Program for Export Market Development. She also served as Departmental Assistant to the Minister for International Trade and as Deputy Director, Trade Development Liaison and Special Projects Division.

From 1994 to 1996, Moszczenska was Director, Rotational Administrative Personnel Division. Between 1996 and 1999, she served as Counsellor (Commercial) and Consul at the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia. From 1999 to 2002, she served as Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary, with concurrent accreditation to Slovenia. From 2002 to 2006, she was Director of the Central European, Baltic and Eastern Mediterranean Division.

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