Summit of the Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards

2019

The Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit is an annual meeting between the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) that brings together representatives from across both organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance. A cornerstone engagement for the Coast Guard, the summit is a unique opportunity to strengthen communication and cooperation at the senior, operational, and regional levels.

The 2019 summit was hosted by Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the USCG, in Seattle, Washington, on June 10-11. The Canadian delegation was led by Commissioner Jeffery Hutchinson of the Canadian Coast Guard, and included representatives from Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Canada Border Services Agency.

Highlighting collaboration on the West Coast, the summit included a tour of the Seattle Coast Guard base and an on-water search and rescue demonstration. The CCGS McIntyre Bay travelled to Seattle to showcase the capabilities of the Coast Guard’s new high-endurance search and rescue lifeboats. The summit also included a series of in-depth discussions on several topics of interest to both organizations.

The Canadian and United States coast guards share a long history of collaboration on the West Coast. In a region that is vital to the economy, environmentally sensitive, and geographically challenging, the coast guards work together to offer effective services through constant information sharing and joint training exercises.

This year marks the 40-year anniversary of the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Services Agreement (CVTS). Through the CVTS, the Canadian and United States coast guards have ensured the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic in the shared Juan de Fuca Strait and main shipping routes between British Columbia and Washington State.

Nationally, the Canadian and United States coast guards work closely throughout the two countries’ shared waterways. This work includes:

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  • Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard Jeffery Hutchinson and Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • : Members of Canadian Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard  aboard the USCGC Healy.
  • Members of Canadian Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard  boarding the USCGC Healy, at the U.S. Coast Guard  base in Seattle, WA.
  • Members of Canadian Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard  aboard the USCGC Healy.
2018

The annual summit provides an important opportunity for Canadian Coast Guard (Coast Guard) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) counterparts to discuss issues of mutual importance, highlight areas for further collaboration, and discuss strategic and operational priorities.

On June 27-28, 2018, the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Jeffery Hutchinson, hosted Admiral Schultz, Commandant of the U.S Coast Guard, at the Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City, Canada. This year’s meetings focused on the shared objective to bolster positive bilateral collaboration between the Canadian and United States coast guards, while advancing cooperation in the area of coastal resilience.

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  • Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

    Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

  • Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

    Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

  • Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

    Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

  • Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

    Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Quebec City

2017

Canada and US Coast Guards Boats

On August 2-3, 2017, the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Jeffery Hutchinson, was hosted by Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Canada-United States Coast Guard Summit in Grand Haven, Michigan. The annual summit provides an opportunity for both Coast Guards to re-affirm and strengthen their long history of collaboration in keeping mariners safe and protecting our shared waters. During the summit, Commissioner Hutchinson and Admiral Zukunft signed an updated Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan to underscore both countries’ commitment to work together during marine environmental emergencies.

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  • Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner; Shawn Hoag, Director Canada Border Services Agency
  • Gregory A Lick, Director General Operations

    Gregory A Lick, Director General Operations

  • Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner

    Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner

  • Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Gregory A Lick, Director General Operations; Shawn Hoag, Director Canada Border Services Agency; Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner; Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner; Chris Henderson, Director General National Strategies

    Gregory A Lick, Director General Operations; Shawn Hoag, Director Canada Border Services Agency; Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner; Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner; Chris Henderson, Director General National Strategies

  • Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner

    Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner

  • Chris Henderson, Director General National Strategies; Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

    Chris Henderson, Director General National Strategies; Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner

  • Fireworks

    Fireworks

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