Peterborough hosted U.S. Consul General July 8, 2024

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U.S. Consular General, his wife with Mayor Leal and Warden Clark

Peterborough, ON – Mayor Jeff Leal was honoured to welcome U.S. Consul General in Toronto Baxter Hunt to the City of Peterborough on Monday July 8, 2024. 

The visit by Consul General Hunt is part of the City’s efforts to position Peterborough as a destination of choice for innovative business and people as outlined in City Council’s Strategic Plan. 

Mayor Leal and Warden Bonnie Clark met and greeted Consul General Hunt at the City Hall where they discussed the strong, existing relationships with American companies and people in the region.

During the visit, Consul General Hunt joined a roundtable with Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce members to learn about the region’s business climate and build conversations with the local businesses. He also toured the Coca Cola facility, the Flexjet Flying Colours facility at the Peterborough Airport, and the new Canadian Canoe Museum next to Little Lake. 

The daylong visit also featured local cuisine and the natural beauty of Peterborough County and the Peterborough Region as the delegation had lunch at the Burleigh Falls Inn on scenic Stony Lake, Ontario. 


“It was truly an honour to host Consul General Baxter Hunt in Peterborough today and to have meaningful conversations with the esteemed representative of the United States in Toronto. We are focused on building strong, collaborative relationships and were delighted to be able to showcase the deep connections we share with our American neighbours,” Mayor Jeff Leal said. “The visit was a welcome opportunity to show off our beautiful, dynamic, innovative community. I look forward to more collaborative conversations and visits.”

“I have had the honor of serving as the Consul General in Toronto since last October, and one of the best parts of my job is engaging with communities and regions such as Peterborough that are creating jobs and economic prosperity in both our countries. I appreciate the invitation to Peterborough where I have experienced the vibrant community first-hand this summer. The full day engagements highlighted the strong economic ties, people-to-people ties and collaborative spirit between the United States and Canada.  I look forward to continuing the many conversations we started today.” - Baxter Hunt, U.S. Consul General in Toronto.