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Thursday, May 26, 2011
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

SFU - Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

7:30am // Registration / Continental Breakfast at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

8:00am // Conference Opening

  • Introduction and Opening Remarks:Valerie Shapiro, President, CIC Vancouver

8:05 am // Keynote Speech

  • Hon. Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)

8:30 am // Panel 1: Canada and Latin America – Current Status

  • Moderator: Jonathan Manthorpe, International Affairs Columnist, The Vancouver Sun/Postmedia
  • “Why Canadians Should Care About Latin America”: Alex Dawson, Director, Latin American Studies Program, Simon Fraser Univer sity
  • “Democratic Development: Deepening, Diversifying, or Derailing?”:
  • Maxwell A. Cameron, Professor, Department of Political Science and Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia
  • “FIPAs and FTAs with Latin America: Serving Canadian Interests?”:
  • J. Cameron Mowatt, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Discussant: Neil Reeder, Director General, Latin America and Caribbean Relations, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

10:00am // Coffee Break

10:15am // Panel 2: Resources and Related Industries

  • Moderator: Doug Horswill, Senior Vice President, Sustainability & External Affairs, Teck Resources Ltd.
  • “Opportunities and Challenges for Mining Investment in Latin America”: Chuck Jeannes, President & CEO, Goldcorp Inc.
  • “The Canadian Chemical Industry in Latin America: Regional Partnership for Global Growth”: John Floren, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Logistics, Methanex Corporation
  • “Providing Engineering Services to the Latin American Mining Sector”: Greg Oryall, Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, AMEC
  • “Growing Service Excellence in South America”: Tom Merinsky, Vice President & Treasurer, Finning International

11:30am // Panel 3: Industry, Trade and Finance

  • Moderator: Guillermo Rishchynski, Ambassador of Canada to Mexico
  • “Building the Puzzle — The Energy Geopolitics of the Americas”: Annette Hester, Senior Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Calgary
  • “Latin America – Canada Trade: Friends, Partners, Competitors, or… ‘It’s Complicated?’”:Agustin Barrios Gomez, Director, Canada-Mexico Initiative (CMI), Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)
  • “Banking in Latin America: Aftermath of the Global Banking Crisis”: Juan Ubeda, Senior Manager, Trade Finance Global Transaction Banking Scotiabank Canada

12:30-2:00pm // Buffet Luncheon

  • “Latin America- New Trends in Socio-economic development”: Sérgio Abreu e Lima Florencio, Consul General of Brazil, introduced by D. Gordon Longmuir, Vice President, CIC Vancouver

2:00pm // Panel 4: Services: Education, Tourism and Transportation

  • Moderator: Andre Nudelman, Chairman CCA BC – Canadian Council for The Americas
  • “Post-Secondary Education in Latin America, Emerging – or Missed – Opportunities for Canada”: Jeremy Hall, Professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • “Facilitating Trade — the Role of the Port”: Scott Galloway, Director of Trade Development, Port Metro Vancouver
  • “Tourism Opportunities between Canada and Latin America”: Siobhan Chrétien, Regional Managing Director, Canadian Tourism Commission

3:00pm // Panel 5: Doing Business in Latin America: Risks and Rewards

  • Moderator: Marina Jimenez, Editorial Board, Globe and Mail
  • “Latin America’s Political and Economic Shifts and What that Means for Business”: Jason Marczak, Director of Policy at Americas Society and Council of the Americas
  • “(In)security in Latin America: Three Policy Options”: Pablo Policzer, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Latin American Politics, University of Calgary
  • “The Inter-American Development Bank and Canada: Rewards, Risks, and Mitigants in Developing Extractive Resources”: Abraham Fox, Structured and Corporate Finance, IDB Washington
  • “Corporate social responsibility (CSR) Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Companies in America”:
  • Stephanie Garrett, Senior CSR Advisor, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)

4:30pm // Conclusions and Reflections

  • Louise Fréchette, former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo

5:00pm // Message of thanks and farewell

  • D. Gordon Longmuir, Vice President, CIC Vancouver
Supporting Organization: CCA BC