U.S. ambassador visits Red Deer

On a trip through Alberta, from Edmonton to Calgary, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson made it clear he wanted to make a stop in Red Deer, a place he calls his favourite in Canada.

On a trip through Alberta, from Edmonton to Calgary, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson made it clear he wanted to make a stop in Red Deer, a place he calls his favourite in Canada.

With only months left in his term at the post, the diplomat toured Red Deer College’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, as well as meeting with members of the Student Association executive committee and members of the college’s ambassador program.

“I wanted to come back, I wanted to see some people and the mayor (Morris Flewwelling) and Hazel (Morris’ wife),” said Jacobson, who first visited Red Deer shortly after his appointment to the posting in 2009.

“I know this is an anniversary celebration for the City of Red Deer, and I know the mayor has announced he is not running and I wanted to pay my respects to him.”

After his time at the college, he headed to a luncheon with the mayor and his wife and a small group the civic leaders had assembled.

During his tour, the ambassador had an extensive look at 3D printing technology as college staff showed him how the image is captured and then what finish products look like when they come out of the printer.

“They told me I would be dazzled, and I was dazzled,” said Jacobson. “We saw 3D printing and how it worked, I had never seen this before. It is amazing, they had these moving things they had built all at one time.

“The parts moved, I can’t begin to describe how it worked, except to tell you it was stunning. It was a good example of how the colleges here work with the private sector to train people and develop technology.”

In Jacobson’s prior career, he was involved in this partnership of education institutions and the private sector.

In his role as ambassador, Jacobson tries to understand Canada so he can explain it back in Washington. He also has a duty to explain what the United States is doing and thinking to Canadians.

“By coming to places like Red Deer, obviously one trip to one place is not the end of my inquiry, seeing what’s going on in the colleges and what is going on with respect to innovation, that is part of the picture,” said Jacobson.

The ambassador’s conversation with students focused on how Jacobson came to the role, how his training led him to the role and perceptions of Americans and Canadians.

“This is something I ask to do whenever I go to a college or university, is to meet with the students,” said Jacobson. “It renews my faith in the future — to meet the best and brightest you have is a great thing to do. But it also challenges me and often times in these circumstances I get asked questions I have not been asked before and I love that.”

The incoming and outgoing RDC student association presidents, Martin Cruz and Eric Peppinck respectively, were among the students who had a chance to talk with the ambassador.

“As an incoming president I’m scared of what is going to happen and it’s such an eye-opener, coming from the ambassador, it’s not the skill it’s the communication,” said Cruz. “If you really like the job, then you’re good to go.”

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Rebels forward Jayden Grubbe is one of three Rebels on the NHL Central Scouting players to watch list for the 2021 NHL Draft. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Rebels seek consistency ahead of matchup with Hitmen

The Red Deer Rebels had to deal with a pang of regret… Continue reading

Quinn Mason died from an opioid overdose at the age of 23 in June 2020. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta mother whose son died from overdose advocates for ‘change’

It’s been about nine months since her son died from an overdose,… Continue reading

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday that the province was ready to move forward with Phase 2A and B in the coming weeks. (Photo by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
Majority of Albertans to receive first shot before June 30: Shandro

Shandro says all Albertans should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine by June 30

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw acknowledged that Friday would be one year since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in the province. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Three more Red Deer COVID-19 deaths, 331 active cases in Alberta

Red Deer is down to 362 active cases of the virus

Alberta’s Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer spoke on Thursday by webinar to Red Deer Chamber of Commerce members. (Screenshot by Advocate staff).
Alberta’s economic diversification is already underway, says Jobs Minister

From the geothermal to the TV industry, new jobs will be created, said Doug Schweitzer

Bryson, six, and Mara, eight, play with puppies from Dogs With Wings Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
WATCH: Dogs With Wings introduces Red Deer program

A program that trains puppies to be certified service, autism, facility and… Continue reading

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Dillon Dube scores hat trick for Flames in 7-3 win over Senators

Walter Gretzky father of hockey hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky waves to fans as the Buffalo Sabres play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, father of the Great One, dies at 82

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp gives instructions during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)
Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Liverpool slumps to historic 5th straight loss at Anfield

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Flyers rally from early deficit to stun Penguins 4-3

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen reacts to a goal by Winnipeg Jets' Paul Stastny, left, during first-period NHL hockey action in Montreal on Thursday, March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Pierre-Luc Dubois scores overtime winner as Winnipeg Jets edge Montreal Canadiens 4-3

Pierre-Luc Dubois scores overtime winner as Winnipeg Jets edge Montreal Canadiens 4-3

Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) shoots after grabbing a rebound against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Boston. At right is Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tatum scores 27, Celtics outlast depleted Raptors 132-125

Tatum scores 27, Celtics outlast depleted Raptors 132-125

International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel answers a question during a news conference addressing hockey issues at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation has confirmed the postponement of the women's world hockey championship in Nova Scotia to May 6-16. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP /Mark Humphrey
IIHF postpones women’s world hockey championship in Nova Scotia to May

IIHF postpones women’s world hockey championship in Nova Scotia to May

Quebec Premier François Legault chairs a virtual news conference Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Montreal. The premiers from the left are: John Horgan, B.C.; Jason Kenney, Alberta; Scott Moe, Saskatchewan; Legault, Quebec; Brian Pallister, Manitoba; Doug Ford, Ontario; and Blaine Higgs, New Brunswick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Premiers reiterate demand for $28-billion increase in health transfers from Ottawa

Premiers reiterate demand for $28-billion increase in health transfers from Ottawa

Most Read