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The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is no longer in operation. This website documents FOCAL's activities and accomplishments throughout its existence. Thank you for your interest in the work of FOCAL.

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2010

 

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Haitian Electoral Crisis: Reports from Field Visits
Dec. 20, Ottawa 
Raúl Prebisch: His Legacy in Latin America
Nov. 26, 2010, Ottawa

10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians
Nov. 23, 2010, Toronto
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Recent Political Developments in the Hemisphere
Nov. 18, 2010, Ottawa
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The End of Globalization and the Return of Regionalism: Why the World is about to Get Smaller and What it Means for Trade and Competitiveness in the Americas
Nov. 17, 2010, Washington, D.C. 
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Investing in Sustainable Economic Growth for the Very Poor: How Canada Can Best Support Microfinance Institutions
Nov. 16, 2010, Ottawa

Including Local Development Projects on Education and Health in Public Policy: Bolivia, Colombia and Peru
Nov. 4-5, 2010, Ottawa

Cuba's Changing Political Context
Sept. 27, 2010, Ottawa

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Inter-American Development Bank Group: Current Initiatives to Enhance Collaboration between the Group and Civil Society
Sept. 23, 2010, Ottawa

Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative: Comparatives and lessons learned
June 29, 2010, Ottawa

Back from Lima: Reflections on the 40th Organization of American States General Assembly
June 18, 2010, Ottawa
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June 17, 2010, Ottawa

Latin American and Caribbean diaspora
4th Seminar in Migration and Development Series
June 16, 2010, Ottawa

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May 27, 2010, Ottawa

Temporary foreign worker health issues: A Mexican case study
3rd Seminar on Migration and Development
May 27, 2010, Ottawa

Haiti's future: How can we help? Canada's development
assistance program

May 12, 2010, Ottawa

Engaging the Haitian diaspora in development
2nd Seminar on Migration and Development
March 29, 2010, Ottawa

Human rights in Colombia: Experience, advances and challenges
March 17, 2010, Ottawa

A Dialogue between civil society and the candidates for Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
March 4, 2010, Ottawa

Human rights NGOs in the Americas
Feb. 25, 2010, Ottawa

Obama, Congress and Canada-U.S. co-operation in the Americas: An inside the beltway analysis
Feb. 22, 2010, Ottawa

Linking Migration and Public Policy: Why Does It Matter?
1st Seminar on Migration and Development
Feb. 11, 2010, Ottawa

Elections roundtable: Chile, Honduras, Bolivia
Jan. 19, 2010, Ottawa


 

2009

 

 

Migration in the Americas: Social Insurance and Management Challenges
FOCAL Seminar co-hosted with the North-South Institute
Oct. 19, 2009 

Countering Threats to Security and Stability Lessons Learned from Colombia
Peter DeShazo, Director of the Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Oct. 6, 2009, Ottawa

Health Policy and Exclusion in Bolivia: Lessons Learned
Rory Narváez
Érika Silva
Sept. 28, 2009, Ottawa
Related program: Health & Education

A Conversation on Honduras and Canada’s Engagement
José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Paul Durand, Canadian Ambassador to the OAS (2001-2006) and Ambassador to Costa Rica and Honduras (1992-1995)
Sept. 14, 2009, Ottawa
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
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Anything but Human Rights: U.S. Policy Toward Cuba
Arturo Lopez-Levy, lecturer and a doctoral candidate, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
 Aug. 4, 2009, Ottawa
Related
program: Cuba
 
Brazil's Foreign Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean
H.E. Marcel F. Biato, Head of the Advisory for External Relations, Presidency of the Republic of Brazil
June 23, 2009, Ottawa

Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution
Daniel Erikson, Senior Associate for U.S. Policy and Director of Caribbean Programs, Inter-American Dialogue
May 7, 2009, Ottawa
Related program: Cuba

Trade Unions, Human Rights and Democracy in Cuba: A Prisoner's Perspective
Pedro Pablo, former General Secretary of the United Workers' Council of Cuba (CUTC)
Apr. 22, 2009, Ottawa
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Securing our Citizens Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security, and Environmental Sustainability - Fifth Summit of the Americas
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
April 16-17, 2009
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Civil Society Forum - Fifth Summit of the Americas
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
April 14-15, 2009
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

An Agenda for the Americas
George Washington University and Strategic Studies Institute Symposium co-sponsored by FOCAL, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Council of the Americas and the Heritage Foundation
Apr. 7, 2009, Washington, D.C
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Democratic Governance in the Americas: Canada’s National Alliance for the Implementation of Summit Mandates
Meetings with Canadian CSOs, government officials and democratic governance experts co-hosted with the University of Calgary’s Latin American Research Centre and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
March 26-27, 2009, Calgary and Vancouver
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Active Democracy Network and the Fifth Summit of the Americas Workshop
Moderator: Racquel Smith, Project Manager, FOCAL
March 5, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Civil Society Hemispheric Forum in Preparation for the Organization of American States General Assembly and the Fifth Summit of the Americas
Racquel Smith, Project Manager, FOCAL
March 3-4, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Teleconference on 2008 Latinobarómetro Report on Democracy in Latin America
Marta Lagos, Executive Director of Latinobarómetro
Feb. 27, 2009, Ottawa and Washington, D.C.
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Demobilization and Reintegration in Colombia
Frank Pearl, Presidential High Counselor for Social and Economic Reintegration to Colombia
Feb. 26, 2009, Ottawa

Modernities: Indigenous and Afrodescendant Struggles in Latin America
Racquel Smith, FOCAL Program Manager, Economic Development in Afro-Latino Communities
José Guillermo Guevara Torres, Consultant
Feb. 26-28, 2009, Austin

Diálogo de Canadá y España sobre Cuba
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Feb 19, 2009, Madrid
Related program: Cuba

Expert Dialogue on Labour Mobility Report Launch
FOCAL in partnership with Metropolis, UNAM, CISAN and the Embassy of Mexico
Jan. 19, 2009, Gatineau
Related program: Labour Mobility
Report

Hemispheric Think-Tank Working Group on the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas
Meeting hosted by FOCAL and the Inter-American Dialogue
Jan. 13, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

2008

Culture and Development: Advancing Equality and Racial Inclusion Forum, IDB
Racquel Smith, Program Manager, Economic Development in Afro-Latino Communities, FOCAL
Dec. 10, 2008, Washington, D.C.

Caribbean Sub-regional Civil Society Forum
Racquel Smith, Program Manager, FOCAL
Oct. 30-31, 2008, Port-of-Spain
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
News release
Report

Labour Migration: Protection, Gender and Development Seminar, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Barbara MacLaren, FOCAL Project Manager, Migration
Oct. 3, 2008, New York, United States
Related program: Labour Mobility
Presentation and Migration Flow Chart

Haiti's Governance Challenges and the International Community Conference
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Sept. 25-27, 2008, Waterloo
Related program: Haiti

Hemispheric Think-Tank Working Group on the 2009 Fifth Summit of the Americas
Meetings hosted by FOCAL and the Inter-American Dialogue
Sept. 22, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Expert Dialogue on Labour Mobility
Dialogue co-hosted by FOCAL, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Metropolis Project and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
June 23-24, 2008, Mexico City
Related program: Labour Mobility
Report

Conference on Health, Education and Marginalized Populations in Latin American and the Caribbean: An Initial Review of Policy
June 9, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Health & Education
Report

World Awakening: Emerging Markets in Our Global Economy, Conference of the Standards Council of Canada
Alexa Barrera, FOCAL analyst
June 3, 2008, St. John's
Presentation

Thirty-Eighth Regular Session of the Organization of American States General Assembly
John Graham, Chair, FOCAL Board
June 1-3, 2008, Medellín
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
News Release

 Governance and Social Justice in Cuba: The Future of Social Justice in Cuba
May 26-29, 2008, Bellagio (Italy)
Related
program: Cuba
Conference agenda

When is Democracy in Peril? A Discussion
Milos Alcalay, former Venezuelan Ambassador
May 20, 2008
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Democratic Governance in Canada: A Symposium to Inform the Summit of the Americas Discussions
May 15, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Mining for Success: Social Risks and Responsible Mining Conference
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
May 14-15, 2008, Panama City
Related program: Private sector

The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: A Discussion
Francisco Santos, Colombian Vice-President
May 9, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Video Presentation and Discussion Session at the World Bank
May 5, 2008, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Private sector

Hemispheric Civil Society Forum
May 1-3 2008, Miami
News Release

Non-Governmental Organizations and Association, Trade and Investment in Developing Countries: A CIDA Roundtable
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Apr. 28, 2008
Related program: Private sector

North American Agreement on Labour Co-operation Luncheon
Co-organized by FOCAL to bring together Ministers of Labour from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada
Apr. 24, 2008
Related program: Labour Mobility
Canadian Minister of Labour's speech

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Workshop Dissemination and Discussion Session at DFAIT
Apr. 24, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Advisory Committee Meeting
April 17, 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Canada and the Summit of the Americas: A Roundtable
Apr. 21, 2008, Ottawa
Related  program: Inter-American Affairs

Canada and the Americas: Defining Re-Engagement
FOCAL conference in partnership with the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, the Canadian Journal for Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
March 13-14, 2008, Ottawa

Partnering with Civil Society. A Presentation on the Active Democracy: Citizen Network for the Implementation of Summit Mandates project
Racquel Smith, Program Manager, FOCAL
March 12, 2008, Washington, D.C.
Related  program: Inter-American Affairs

Partnering with Civil Society: OAS Civil Society Forum
Racquel Smith, Project Manager, FOCAL
Catalina Delpiano, Corporación Participa (Chilean partner)
March 11-14, 2008, Washington, D.C.
Related  program: Inter-American Affairs
Report

Workshops on Economic Opportunities and Indigenous Development
February 2008
Related program: Private sector

United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti Seminar
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Jan. 28, 2008, New York City
Related program: Haiti

Bolivia: Assessing Progress and Potential, a FOCAL Roundtable
Jan. 14, 2008

Discussion on Colombia
Javier Hernández, Deputy Representative and Acting Representative in Colombia of UNHCR
Jan. 9, 2008, Ottawa

Focus group meeting on Sustainable Development Framework for Exploration, with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
January 2008, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

 

 

2007

CIES Annual Seminar, Presentation of Canada’s FTAs and the Americas
Alexa Barrera, Project Manager, Trade and Development, FOCAL
Dec. 17-20, 2007, Lima
Related program: Private sector

European Union Deputy Heads of Mission Meeting: A Presentation on Canada's new strategy for the Americas
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Dec. 13, 2007

Roundtable discussion on Haiti at the Inter-American Dialogue
Peter Bell, President Emeritus of CARE USA and vice chairman of the Inter-American Amb. Duly Brutus, Haiti's representative to the Organization of American States Dialogue
Carlo Dade, Executive Director, FOCAL
Dr. Robert Maguire, Director of International Affairs, Trinity University
Dec. 6, 2007, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Haiti

Language, Migration and Immigration Canada, an Association of Canadian Studies Symposium
Barbara Maclaren, Project Manager, Migration, FOCAL
Dec. 4, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Labour Mobility

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Advisory Committee Meeting
Nov. 20, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Canada and Attitudes toward Latin America and the Caribbean: A Roundtable
Nov. 8, 2007, Ottawa

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Advisory Committee Meeting
Oct. 11, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with Aboriginal Leaders & Other Stakeholders
Sept. 26, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Governance and Social Justice in Cuba: Opportunities and Constraints
Sept. 4, 2007, Montréal
Related
program: Cuba
Conference agenda

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with Stakeholders of the Indigenous Governance in the Americas Project
Aug. 16, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with the Peruvian Embassy in Canada
Aug. 13, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with the Department of Foreign Affair & International Trade (DFAIT)
July 23, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with Ecuadorian Embassy in Canada
July 12, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with the Guatemalan Embassy in Canada
July 6, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries: Meeting with the Colombian Embassy in Canada
June 26, 2007, Ottawa
Related program: Private sector

Thirty-Seventh Regular Session of the General Assembly of the OAS
John Graham, Chair, FOCAL Board
Racquel Smith, Project Manager, FOCAL
June 3-5, 2007, Panama City
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

Active Democracy Methodology Workshop: Developing the Evaluation Index of Government Compliance with Summit Mandates
Racquel Smith, Project Manager, FOCAL
June 28-July 1, 2007, Santiago
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

World Bank Brown Bag & Georgetown Conference on Indigenous Peoples and New Economic Opportunities in Latin America
Feb. 8-9, 2007, Washington, D.C.
Related program: Private sector

Governance and Extractive Industries on Indigenous Territories, A Seminar
Feb. 1-2, 2007, Lima
Related program: Private sector

 

2006

Where Are We Going: Canada and Mexico Looking Beyond the 2006 Presidential Election
Nov. 24, 2006, Ottawa
Canada’s Office for the Access to Information and the Privacy Commissioner
Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN)
Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE)
Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI)
Mexico’s Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI)
Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD)
Related program: North America
Report

 FOCAL Civil Society Seminars : Exploring National Contexts
Aug. 30, 2006, La Paz
Aug. 24, 2006, Quito
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
Report (also available in Spanish)

FOCAL private meetings for Consenso Cubano with the Canadian government and NGOs
June 16, 2006, Ottawa
Related program: Cuba

Cuba, Governance and Social Justice: The International Dimension
FOCAL conference co-hosted with FLACSO-Mexico
June 9, 2006
Related program: Cuba
Conference agenda

International Summer School on the Americas Workshop, Inter-American Studies Centre
FOCAL
May 21-23, 2006, Quebec City

Civil Society Roundtable and Special Session of the CISC in preparation for the 36th OAS General Assembly and other inter-American processes
May 2-3, 2006, Washington, D.C.

Where Can Canada Really Make a Difference? A Critical Look at Neglect and Opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean
CIIA–Latin America Conference co-hosted by FOCAL
Apr. 21, 2006

 Indigenous Territories, Natural Resources and Governance: Challenges, A Seminar
Apr. 6, 2006, Guatemala City
Related
program: Private sector

Comparative foreign policies towards Cuba, conference panel of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Cristina Warren, Director of the Research Forum on Cuba, FOCAL
March 15-18, 2006, Puerto Rico
Related program: Cuba

Seminar on Indigenous Governance and Democracy in the Americas
March 15, 2006
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
 
Supporting Afro-Latino Communities: Is There a Role for Canada? A Roundtable
March 2, 2006, Ottawa
Report

Civil Society in the Promotion and Strengthening of Democracy in the Americas: A Strategy Session and Conference
March 1-2, 2006, Ottawa
Report (also available in Spanish)
Background paper by Thomas Legler (also available in Spanish)
Background paper by Rodolfo Albán Guevara (also available in Spanish)
Related program: Inter-American Affairs
 

High-level Working Session on Chinese Engagement in the Americas
Feb. 10, 2006
Presentation, Renato Amorin, Executive Secretary, China-Brazil Business Council
Presentation, Renato Balderrama, Executive Director, Institute of Asia Pacific, ITESM, Mexico
Presentation, Gordon Peeling, President and CEO, the Mining Association of Canada 
Presentation, Lo-Sun Jen, Executive Advisor on Mining Development and Investment, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada
Agenda
Related program: Private sector

The Economic and Political Impact of Chinese Engagement in the Americas: A Canadian Perspective
Feb. 10, 2006
Related program: Private sector

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade annual NGO consultation on human rights: Cuba
Cristina Warren, Director of the Research Forum on Cuba, FOCAL
Feb. 8, 2006, Ottawa
Related program: Cuba

Unveiling the Mapping the Media in the Americas Project
Jan. 17, 2006, Calgary
Related program: Inter-American Affairs

FOCAL meeting with Consenso Cubano
Eduardo del Buey, Executive Director, FOCAL
Jan. 11, 2006, Miami
Related  program: Cuba

Luncheon with the U.S. Cuban Transition Co-ordinator, the Co-ordinator of Cuban Affairs and Cuban exile groups
Eduardo del Buey, Executive Director, FOCAL
Jan. 11, 2006, Miami
Related   program: Cuba

 

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