Latin America and the Caribbean constitute the starting ground for Canada’s connections to the world beyond the United States, with much of our diplomacy, trade, investments and a significant part of our migratory flows linked to that region. This proposed workshop will provide a platform for discussion of our recent and current relations in the Americas, to inform academic and policy communities about the most pressing issues and to propose ways in which Canada can further contribute to democracy, human rights, and sustainable growth in the region. The event will link recent and current policy questions with wider debates of common interest for Canada and Latin America, such as innovation and education, trade and regional value chains, migration, human security, green growth and climate change, and democratic governance and human rights in the Western Hemisphere.
The conference will assemble a distinguished list of experts from universities across Canada, United States and Latin America with support from Carleton University and a series of institutional funders and private supporters. The proposed topics are: historical determinants of Canada’s role in the Americas, bilateral and multilateral foreign policy relations, trade and investment relations, security issues, extractive industries, migration, human rights and democracy. Our panelists will come from or bring specific knowledge on aspects relevant to Canada from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.
The structure of the workshop, planned to be held over two days at Carleton University, will be around the seven topics listed above, bringing in different national views and experiences. Invited participants will include representatives from Canada’s private sector and NGOs with experience in the region. The full agenda can be found here.
The conference is co-sponsored with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Latin America and Caribbean Study Group, Canadian International Council (CIC)’s National Capital Branch. We thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their financial support. This conference is organized as part of the Faculty of Public Affairs Research Month at Carleton University. The main language of the event will be English but simultaneous translation (English-Spanish) will be available for some panels.
Registration is required for this event: http://forms.carleton.ca/conferences/workshop-on-canadas-past-and-future-in-the-americas/
There is a charge for registration of $50.00 ($10.00 for students). Space is limited.