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A Greener Ontario on the Agenda as Consul General of the Netherlands Visits Mac

Consul General of the Netherlands, Anne Le Guellec, visits McMaster for the Global Health Speaker series.

Consul General of the Netherlands, Anne Le Guellec, visits McMaster for the Global Health Speaker series.


January 16, 2018

Yesterday, the Global Health Office welcomed Anne Le Guellec, Consul General of the Netherlands for the Global Health Speaker Series. Le Guellec delivered a talk titled “Canada and The Netherlands: A Fruitful Cooperation,” which focused on her position with the consular office in Ontario and her associated responsibilities.

Prior to delivering her presentation, Le Guellec met with the exchange students from the MSc Global Health program at Maastricht University who are visiting McMaster for the winter term. She was interested to learn about the students’ academic and cultural backgrounds, and what led them to choose the exchange option at McMaster University.

Le Guellec spoke about the Consular office’s prioritization of green energy, clean water and sanitation, and life on land. She drew attention to Toronto, which tops the list of the world’s most resilient cities, and is constantly striving to improve its responsiveness to issues including potential disasters, extreme weather events, and population growth in an age of globalization.

Le Guellec also talked specifically about her goal to make Ontario greener by creating more bike lanes and parks. On this topic, the group discussed cultural differences around cycling as a method of green transportation and the ways in which Canadians can learn from the Dutch when it comes to this issue.

“You are representations of the best of the Netherlands and the best of Canada coming together to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Le Guellec, addressing the students in the Global Health program at McMaster and Maastricht.