New U.S. Consul General keen to move to Calgary and strengthen ties with Canada

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Our weather has certainly met with Holly Waeger Monster’s approval since she recently arrived to begin her appointment as the new United States Consul General.

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And she says she’s also delighted with the welcome she and her family have received since moving here from Washington, DC.

She and her husband Edward (EJ) – also a career diplomat – their three elementary and secondary-aged children, along with a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, have moved into their official home here, and the Consul General is getting to know his staff from Calgary in its Rocky Offices in Mountain Plaza.

Born in Pennsylvania, she joined government working on international debt policy at the U.S. Treasury Department immediately after earning a master’s degree in international trade and investment policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and economics at the American University, both in Washington, DC

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It was exactly 20 years ago at the State Department of Arlington, Va., Where, as she was completing her orientation course for new hires, she heard the sound of explosions in the building next door to the Pentagon. The terrorist attacks of September 11 were a grim start to a new career in government.

Intrepid, in 2003 she set out on her first overseas mission focusing on strengthening economic ties between the United States and its partners who first took her to Kenya.

Based in Nairobi, she worked from the new embassy at the time, specializing in economic and labor issues, and a very interesting involvement in airport security and procedures.

She and EJ were married in Nairobi in a traditional Maasai wedding ceremony, but held a second service in Washington where they were able to invite their friends and family.

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Monster’s second overseas rendezvous was in Poland in 2005, advancing US interests in energy and the environment with the Polish government, primarily on clean coal and carbon capture.

After another stint in Washington, she moved to another foreign house in La Paz, Bolivia, to use her knowledge and experience on economic and trade issues, and help American businesses build relationships with corporations. power, mining and gas in Bolivia, while being involved in the indigenous population of the country.

Three years later she was back in Africa, but this time in Pretoria, South Africa, the regional center where she worked in the fields of science and technology and environmental issues, with particular interest in the war on the international crime of wildlife trafficking. Monster’s last overseas assignment lasted three years in poor and underdeveloped Malawi, where less than 10 percent of the population has access to electricity.

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Three more years in Washington as a policy advisor for economic agents preceded the appointment in Calgary, a position considered desirable in the Foreign Office because of its level of importance.

The job of the Consulate is primarily to look after American citizens here and people wishing to travel and do business with the United States. But Monster will also be heavily involved in the roadmap for a renewed US-Canada partnership.

President Joe Biden said, “It is in the common interest of the United States and Canada to revitalize and expand our historic alliance and steadfast friendship to overcome the daunting challenges of today and realize the full potential. of the relationship in the future. “

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These challenges include the fight against COVID-19; rebuild better; accelerate climate ambitions; advance diversity and inclusion; strengthen security and defense; and building global alliances.

Monster is going to be busy but looks forward to her stay here in Calgary, with responsibility for her consulate’s operations across Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

Remarks:

Calgary’s newest restaurant, Porch, opens Friday at the venue previously run by Melrose Cafe & Bar and Royale along 17e SW Avenue General Manager Matthew Larocque and Celebrity Chef Dylan Sexton will offer a mouthwatering menu in an ambiance reminiscent of Miami’s porches, carefully designed by Fort Architecture. The space includes a beautiful patio open all year round with swing seats.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]

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