SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Douglas George, the Consul General of Canada in Detroit, will be the third recipient of the Global Citizen Award to be presented by Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on Friday, Aug. 19, at the start of the new academic year.
The award presentation will be made at LTU’s annual Convocation ceremony for new students and their families at 5 p.m. in the Ridler Field House on LTU’s campus in Southfield.
Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil established the Global Citizen Award in 2014 to recognize individuals who have shown great character and leadership in addressing global issues and promoting international and social understanding. This award is given annually to a person who demonstrates the passion and energy to make a positive impact on humanity through collaborative enterprise and spirit.
The event will also mark the conclusion of the annual President’s Global Village Project for LTU students. The project will see 125 Lawrence Tech students, the largest group yet, experiencing different cultures and building friendships through Detroit tours, visits to religious institutions, poetry readings in native languages, and other activities over three days.
Consul General George is a career diplomat with more than 30 years of experience, and before taking his position in Detroit was Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait. He is responsible for Canadian affairs in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Recognized as a trade policy expert, George has worked in numerous economic posts at Global Affairs Canada, including the Commercial Policy Division, the GATT Division, and the U.S. Trade and Economic Policy Division. He served as senior departmental advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade as well as director of the Softwood Lumber Division, the Intellectual Property Policy Division, and the Tariffs and Goods Market Access Division.
Abroad, George has directed trade policy issues at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels, as well as serving as a negotiator at the Canadian Mission to the GATT/World Trade Organization in Geneva. He also served in Kingston, Jamaica.
George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.