Canadians are everywhere. It’s true. We’ve run the International Space Station, we’ve won gold medals, play on most NHL hockey teams, have a strong contingent of all-star baseball players, are revered around the globe and today’s guest the Canadian Consul General in San Francisco Cassie Doyle.
There is tremendous support for Canadian startups in the Bay Area – from other Canadian entrepreneurs AND from our own government. Cassie’s role is to help bring you, the Canadian company, to a soft landing in San Francisco. They do this by opening up their contact list, running programs with local accelerators (both in Canada and the US), and by being a conduit to investors and other Canadians. As Canadian entrepreneurs this is our secret weapon and something that we should all be using.
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About Cassie Doyle
Ms. Cassie Doyle was appointed as Consul General of Canada with accreditation for northern California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, effective January 10, 2011.
A native of Canada’s west coast, Ms. Cassie Doyle has served at the executive level of all three orders of government including as Deputy Minister with both the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Over the past 15 years, she has led departments that have focused on advancing Canada’s energy, natural resource and environmental agendas. Ms. Doyle achieved notable success in the development of clean energy innovation and efficiency programs, improvements in the performance of the government’s regulatory system for major projects and the transformation of the forest industry. She has a proven track record of collaborating effectively with stakeholders from across the spectrum of public, private and non-governmental sectors.
Ms. Doyle served as Canada’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources from 2006 to 2010 after three years as the Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Atomic Energy Corporation of Canada. Prior to joining the federal government in 2002, Ms. Doyle held a number of senior positions with the British Columbia Government including the CEO of the BC Assets and Land Corporation, Deputy Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks and Deputy Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture. Ms. Doyle started her career with the City of Ottawa working in housing and urban development.
Ms. Doyle holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. She has served as the Chair of Oxfam Canada, the chair of the 2010 Community Campaign and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa United Way.