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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): The Biden Administration: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada in Latin America (Webinar)

January 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST


The CIC National Capital Branch’s Latin America and Caribbean Study Group (CIC NCB, LAC-SG) invite you to a discussion on how the new Biden administration will approach Latin America and what this might mean for Canadian policy towards the region. The new administration will likely have a very different take on the region than the outgoing one, but to what extent should Canada’s foreign policy in the region differ, and to what extent could it shift operations. Join the study group in a panel discussion that includes 3 experts of the region, each with their own unique take on the interconnections between different foreign policies and the challenges and opportunities in Latin America.


Patricia Fortier, Former Canadian Ambassador, Board Member

Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Laura Macdonald, Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University

Michael Machum (Moderator)



Patricia Fortier | Patricia is a retired Canadian diplomat whose career focused on political relations, governance, international security, consular/crisis management, and trade/ investment. She is currently a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and on the board of the Canadian Retired Heads of Mission Association. She was Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia (2011-5) and Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (2006-9) as well as Minister-Counsellor (Political) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2001-5). Her work abroad also included Senior Advisor to the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Peru (2006) and Chief Advisor to the High Level Mission to Peru (2000-1).

Jorge Heine | Jorge is Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, and a Wilson Center Global Fellow. He served previously as Ambassador of Chile to China, to India and to South Africa, as well as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. He was CIGI Professor of Global Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2007 to 2017, and has held visiting appointments at the universities of Konstanz, Oxford, Paris and Tsinghua. A past Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), he has published fifteen books, including 21st Century Democracy Promotion in the Americas (Routledge, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Which Way Latin America? : Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization (UN University Press, 2009).

Laura Macdonald | Laura is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. She has published numerous articles in journals and edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations in development, global civil society, social policies and citizenship struggles in Latin America, Canadian development assistance, Canada-Latin American relations and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Her recent work looks at transnational activism in North America around labour rights, migration, and human rights in Mexico, and policies to reduce crime and violence in Mexico City. She engages in public commentary and advocacy as member of the McLeod Group, the Americas Policy Group and the Canadian civil society Feminist Foreign Policy group.






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