We recently met with Kevin McGurgan, the United Kingdom’s Consul-General to Toronto. Our wide-ranging conversation began with discussions of managing relationships and liaising with governments.
Given the historical connection between our two countries, it was great to have Mr. McGurgan’s perspective on the evolving relationship. It was valuable to understand what this looks like in terms of trading relationships and investment. We also covered current collaborations among governments and the private sector across these borders.
With the backdrop of Brexit, we examined differing approaches to trade agreements and how to attract investment. We also broke down agreements such as NAFTA and CETA.
One of the most illuminating parts of our meeting was the discussion of disruptive and transformative technologies, as well as the future of work. No jurisdiction is immune to these trends, so it was rewarding to understand what role governments should play in tackling these challenges. It was also interesting to learn of the cross-border initiatives existing between the UK and Ontario over autonomous vehicles, financial technology, and artificial intelligence.
We concluded by discussing the skillsets and attitudes required for work in public policy and diplomacy.
Thank you to Mr. McGurgan and your staff for your continued support of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme.