About CCA-BC

Our Mission:

Through a comprehensive network of high level personnel and regional experts we look to promote and facilitate business and trade opportunities between British Columbia and the countries of Latin America. We host a wide array of events where countries, companies, and independents can present and provide opportunities to expand business links between British Columbia and Latin america.

Support Us:

CCA-BC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and assists B.C. companies engaged and interested in Latin America. If you or your company would like to help us to continue providing B.C. companies with this valuable resource please consider contributing to CCA-BC.


As a not-for-profit organization, we appreciate the time and effort put forth by our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at CCA-BC, please contact us.

Board of Directors

  • Honorary Consul of Costa Rica in Vancouver;
  • Director of GRULEX (The Latin Export Group);
  • Founder member of the Ethno Business Council of B.C.;
  • Founder Member of the Latin-American Canadian Business Association;
  • Recipient of 2010 President’s Service Award Capilano University;

Mark Cogan recently retired from the BC Government’s Business Immigration Office, where he worked for 17 years looking after business immigrants and corporate investment from all parts of the world. He had direct responsibility in the design and implementation of specific immigration programs for business people. He now continues working as an independent certified immigration consultant. He is originally from Chile, where he got an industrial engineering degree. In Vancouver, he later got a MBA degree. Before joining the government, he worked for major international corporations and later operated his own import-export company. He speaks several languages.
Former Chief for Latin American and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Project Services. Expert in project implementation and procurement services, and the policies and procedures of multilateral organizations and banks.
Lecturer about topics relevant to corporate social responsibility and ethics in business. Writer and columnist for several Brazilian newspapers and blogs.

Author of the book “Nem aqui, nem ali, nem acolá”, as well as six articles for an anthology of Brazilian writers. Active in various organizations of the civil society, such as: trustee for The International Maria Nobrega Foundation and other organizations involved in conservation and the preservation of historical monuments.

He serves as an advisor to the Coordination of the Cultural Patrimony of the City of João Pessoa. His interest in Canadian-Brazilian relations dates back to high school, during his tenure as the representative of Canada in the Pan American Club. He is a founding member of the Consultative Council of the Maple Bear Schools in Brazil.

Born in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 1945. Bachelor in Economics, State University of Rio de Janeiro. Master of Arts in Economics, Ottawa University.
Main Posts in Brazil (Ministry of External Relations)
Member of the Policy Planning Staff (1981-1984) Head of the Direction of Economic Studies and Research (DEPE) Head of the Direction of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUL) Director of the Department of Latin American Integration (DIN) Under-Secretary for Norms and Publications at the Communications Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic
Posts Abroad
Diplomat: Ottawa, Tehran, Paris, New York Ambassador in Quito Ambassador in Geneva Ambassador in Mexico Consul General in Vancouver
Academic Activities
Lecturer of Introduction to Economics, Brasília University Professor of Brazilian Foreign Policy at the Diplomatic Academy Lecturer on MERCOSUL at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences – FLACSO
Books, Articles and Publications

  • Book- Mercosul Today. Sergio Florencio and Ernesto Araujo.
  • Translated in Spanish under the title “Mercosul. Project, Reality and Perspective”. VESTCON Edition,1997.
  • Article “ Mercosul in Times of Uncertainty, CEBRI – Brazilian Centre for International Relations, 2001.
  • Article “Foreign Policy and Social Policies”. Published in the “Foreign Policy Magazine” Sep-Dec 2003
  • Article “Human Rights and Foreign Policy”. Published in the magazine “National Interest”Jul-Sep, São Paulo. 2008
  • Article “Brazil and the Challenge of Development at the United Nations”. Published in the book “Brazil and the UN”. Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation. Brasilia. 2008.
  • Mimeo “Comparing Trade Policies of Brazil and Mexico from 1980 to the Present Time”. Presented at the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association – LASA. Toronto. October 2010.
  • Article “Modelos de Desenvolvimento Latino Americanos”. Published in the magazine “Política Externa” Dec/Jan/Feb 2011-2012, São Paulo.
  • Article “Le Brésil et la crise économique international actuelle”. Published in the magazine Diplomatie. Affairs Stratégiques et Relations Internationales. Les Grands Dossiers. No. 8. Avril-Mai 2012, France.
  • Article “Perspectivas Mexicanas. Eleições Presidenciais. O Futuro Visita o Passado” . Published in the magazine “Política Externa” Jun/Jul/Aug 2012. São Paulo.
  • Article “Divergência e reconciliação entre Brasil e México”. Published in the newspaper “Valor Econômico” May 2, 2012. Brazil.

After attending the University of Western Ontario, Mr. Sadler assumed roles ranging from consultant, member of advisory boards, and operational executive positions.

Over the past 20 years his company has been very successful in assisting businesses by raising millions of dollars in government export grants, loans and venture capital for his clients. Mr. Sadler develops joint ventures and partnerships between both national and international companies. While he has dealt within numerous business and technology sectors, he has a special interest with renewable technologies.

He has developed key relationships with private and public entities throughout the Canadian, Caribbean, Central and South American markets and operates a wholly owned subsidiary corporation in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Advisory Board

Gavin Dirom
Tim Kukler
Linda Morris
Jason Tse
Bill Ross
Alan Minz

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