Essential Pittsburgh
3:39 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Balancing Business and Fun with Pop-Up Canada

Canadian Consul General John Prato plans to meet with political, community and business leaders during his time in Pittsburgh.
Canadian Consul General John Prato plans to meet with political, community and business leaders during his time in Pittsburgh.
Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

For one week, Pittsburghers can experience the culture of Canada in a temporary installment downtown called Pop-Up Canada.

The concept, according to Canadian Consul General John Prato, is to encourage a conversation between Pittsburgh and Canada about different urban issues including energy, innovation and civic life.

Prato says the week is designed so that Canadian representatives can meet and learn from local political, business and community leaders. 

“This is a very dynamic, vibrant city. We view Pittsburgh as having written the book on North American city renaissance and what’s happening here is exceptional.”

The two regions have historically had a strong relationship. Canada is the largest buyer of goods made in the commonwealth. 315,000 workers in Pennsylvania work in jobs with direct ties to the northern country and there are 23 billion dollars in two-way trade between the two.

The consulate has recently opened a permanent presence office in Pittsburgh staffed by Ana Maria Rodriguez.  She oversees trade agreements and balances the relationship between the regions.  

Prato says the week is also about balancing business and fun. The exhibit is a window into Canadian life and has featured items such as the Stanley Cup and a sport fishing simulator. Families are invited to attend the exhibit, which will run until April 11 on Smithfield Street downtown.