In September of 2006 we took 13 Coastal Pacific Mayors from British Columbia on a familiarization tour of Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway. The purpose was to expose, inspire and motivate Mayors from small communities to consider new ways of organizing post secondary education curriculum for the ocean, look at integrated coastal and ocean tourism and economic development, and experience aquaculture, ocean industries, innovation and the environment from a different perspective. Jonathan Bartlett, A Channel's Nanaimo Bureau Chief was the embed on the tour. Thanks to Stavanger and Campbell River EDC Rivercorp Economic Development Corporations, Coast Sustainability Trust, Program for Export Market Development Investment Canada, Stavanger Chamber of Commerce, Rosenkildehuset, His Worship Leif Johan Sevland, Mayor of Stavanger, Jostein Soland and his Crew and Mary Ellen Walling.
Patrick N. Marshall Chef de Mission and Economic Developer
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