WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury was recently selected to participate in a fun interview series with the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, the official representatives of the Government of Canada in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
"Q & Eh" is a bi-weekly interview series in which the Consulate General's team chats with individuals shaping Canada’s relationship with the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region.
Ogsbury is keenly aware of the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Canada, as much of WGA's work in policy development, information exchange and collective action has cross-border implications. He has joined Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Consul General Marcy Grossman on a trade mission to Alberta and was recently honored to host Ambassador David MacNaughton at WGA’s Denver headquarters.
WGA's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held in Montana, the only U.S. state to border three Canadian provinces. Plans are in the works for the meeting in Whitefish to feature a strong focus on trans-boundary issues and cooperation between the western states and provinces.
Excerpts from Ogsbury's "Q & Eh" interview below:
Q: Jim, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us. What’s your signature drink?
Eh: Beer. As to the type of beer, I prefer cold and wet. And I’ll compromise on cold.
Q: What do you consider to be your best failure?
Eh: My most sensational failure occurred when I lost a primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives. Thankfully, I now instead get to work every day with Western Governors, the most pragmatic and effective leaders with whom I have ever had the honor to serve.
Q: What three words would you use to describe the U.S.-CAN relationship?
Eh: Co-beneficial. Critical. Warm.