Lunch Highlights Strong Norway-California Trade/Investment Ties

The numerous areas that affect trade and investment between Norway and California were the subject of a lively exchange at a September 15 luncheon meeting held at the California Chamber of Commerce. International luncheon attendees (from left): Susanne T. Stirling, CalChamber vice president of international affairs; Ingrid Heggø, Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP); Ove Trellevik, Conservative Party MP; Ingunn Foss, Conservative Party MP; Oskar J. Grimstad, Progress Party MP; Sivert Bjørnstad, Progress Party MP; Morten Ørsal Johansen, First Vice Chair and Progress Party MP; California Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento); Line Henriette Hjemdal, Christian Democratic Party MP; Pål Farstad, Liberal Party MP; Frank Bakke-Jensen, Conservative Party MP; Knut Storberget, Labour Party MP; Odd Omland, Labour Party MP; Else-May Botten, Labour Party MP; Jock O’Connell, international trade economist, Beacon Economics; Marit Halleraker, Secretary, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce and Industry; Sindre Bornstein, consul, Norwegian Consulate General; Andrew Grant, president and CEO, Northern California World Trade Center; Hilde Janne Skorpen, Consul General of Norway; and Daniel Lopez, chief of staff for Senator Pan. Read full story at
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Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs, has headed CalChamber international activities for more than four decades. She is an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Export Council, and serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee, the California International Relations Foundation, and the Chile-California Council. Originally from Denmark, she studied at the University of Copenhagen and holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of the Pacific, where she served as a regent from 2012 to 2021. She earned an M.A. from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.