As Chairman of the Canadian Chamber, leading foreign business groups is part of the responsibilities. The following four photos illustrate one of the trips. This one in November.
In New Delhi India meetings were held with senior business leaders. Other meetings were in Bombay.
A side trip to Agra, south of New Delhi to visit the Taj Mahal was worth the scary, noisy honking, swerving trip in an older car with a sleepy driver, dodging people, carts, pigs, dogs, scooters with several swerves into a ditch; exciting?
About 70km from Moscow is the 15th century monastery Zagorsk. It is the administrative centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was a walled fortress. It snowed while Marg and Rolf were visiting - see photo right.
The Canadian Chamber has strong ties to Taiwan, fulfilling many functions that would be handled by the diplomatic corps. Canada does not officially recognize Taiwan and does not have an embassy in Taipei. 2nd from right, Rolf Hougen, who headed the delegation to Taiwan.
Every year the Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attends the annual meeting of the Canadian Chamber. The picture on the right shows Rolf and Marg Hougen viewing Capitol Hill in Washington during a visit to see Derek Burney, Canadian Ambassador to Washington and to attend the U.S. Chamber annual meeting.
Along the river they visited historic sites, and took side trips into the wine country and to the city of Beaune. Long time friends were visited, Michel and Martha Couvreur of Bouze Les Beaune and the famous Mommessin family of Macon. Following the barge trip the family scattered and traveled to other regions of France including Chamonix and the Alsace.