Secretary Ridge Keynotes North American Forum 2009

October 6, 2009

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge delivered a keynote address at the 2009 North American Forum, addressing the issues of North American security, economic resiliency and greater cooperation among Canada, Mexico and the United States. The three-day gathering of high-level leaders was held this year in Ottawa.

Said Ridge: “I’m confident that North America will continue to see gains and economic recovery, but we will do so only with greater engagement, not less. And with greater engagement with our allies across the globe.

“But staying connected does incur a level of risk that must be addressed, not ignored. That’s why we must work with a greater sense of urgency to develop new avenues of cooperation that will make our open societies safer and more secure, our borders more transparent, our economies more resilient and our businesses more competitive.”

Dr. Pedro Aspe, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and The Honourable Peter Lougheed chaired this year’s Forum, which hosted delegations that included former and current public servants from the three North American governments.

Along with Secretary Ridge, other notable leaders who addressed this year’s Forum included Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, Mexico’s former Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora and former U.S. CIA director James Woolsey. The World Affairs Council of Northern California serves each year as the Forum’s Secretariat.

Contact: Michele Nix +1-202-833-2008