Louise Blais

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CLEMSON — Canadian ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations designee Louise Blais will be at Clemson University on Friday to deliver an address on “Women’s Leadership in Business and Government.” She will official take on the role of Ambassador on Mon., Sept. 11, and is the second female in Canadian history to be appointed to that position.

Blais, co-chair of the Clemson Canada Center and current consul general of Atlanta, will be spending her last day in that office at Clemson’s Watt Family Innovation Center auditorium. Her address will be from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Clemson Canada Center serves as a focal point to provide opportunities for teaching, research and outreach to those interested in the many relationships between Canada and the United States. The Center’s mission is to serve as a source of information and a coordinating body for the encouragement of participation in joint U.S.-Canadian research and education projects that will further the relationship between our two countries.

Blais is one of a series of speakers that will be hosted by the Clemson Canada Center. The series aims to address women’s leadership issues, particularly in business. Blais has tangible experience and valuable advice to students, especially young women striving for a career in business or government.

During Friday’s event, Blais will also name several students who have been selected to attend her “Women In Business North America Summit” on Oct. 3-4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year, the summit aims to “educate and support women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs and develop a robust network and export capacity that extends across North America.”