Date and place
MARCH 30, 2017 at 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, Law Courts Inn
In view of slow global growth, economic integration initiatives through trade and investment have been the preferred tool to boost growth. Latin America sets an example of good management during economic slowdowns in Europe and the U.S. by exporting commodities to its strategic partner Asia, which reduced Latin America’s vulnerability to economic changes.
Also, the performance of the trade bloc Pacific Alliance - comprised by Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico - stands out in the region because its members are the best countries in the ease of doing business (World Bank, 2016) and have the most resilient economies.
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For the presentation from Carlo Dade
- How to Become a Leader in Canada as an Immigrant Woman
- Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr
- Director, Board on Higher Education & Workforce; Director, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine National Academy of Sciences
- Senior Trade Commissioner / Counsellor (Commercial)
Embassy of Canada to Colombia
- Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia
- Ambassador of Canada to Chile
- Canadian Ambassador to Mexico
- High Commissioner of Canada in Australia
Fariba PachelehHow to Become a Leader in Canada as an Immigrant Woman
Fariba is a passionate leader and strategic thinker with over 25 years’ combined industry and advisory services experience, in corporate management roles and on non-profit boards.
After earning a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering, Fariba advanced her skills as a new immigrant and completed the MSAT (Management Skills in Advanced Technology) program at SFU; she is PMP certified and has attended Executive education at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Fariba gained international experience in technical and leadership positions with diverse teams and industries such as: Medical and Manufacturing (Siemens AG – Germany/Iran), Software and Hi-Tech industry (Pivotal Corporation – Canada), Education (CGA – Canada), Manufacturing/ Mining (Finning International – Canada/South America), and Utilities and Consultancy (BC Hydro and Fujitsu Canada) and wholesale and retails with BC Liquor Distribution Branch – Corporate Strategic Services.
As a skilled, business-focused, and multi-cultural leader in Information Technology, she has a consistent track record in building the best practices and processes for programs, projects, and cross-functional teams to deliver strategic initiatives and tactical business solutions.
For her advocacy and volunteer activities, Fariba has served and supported a number of organizations:
Currently, she is the Vice-Chair of the WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks in BC, groups that collaborate to create change towards better business, stronger communities and an enhanced business culture for women. Before that, she completed a term as President of SCWIST a non-profit association that encourages and empowers women and girls in science, technology. During her tenure as President of SCWIST, Fariba made a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women and under her aegis, SCWIST’s input was requested a second time.
Fariba has been selected as one of the 150 Women Leaders in 2017 to be engaged in a 3 years national project to promote diversity and gender equality.
Jill EarthyChief Growth Officer of FrontFundr
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader who believes diversity drives innovation. She is currently the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform connecting entrepreneurs and investors. She has built two companies and sold them, and then spent 8 years in nonprofit leadership roles supporting entrepreneurs. Jill serves on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre. She recently co-founded The RAISE Collective, to engage more women to invest in early-stage companies. She is an active mentor and was recently named one of 35 Most Influential Women in BC by BC Business Magazine.
Tom RubinDirector, Board on Higher Education & Workforce; Director, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine National Academy of Sciences
Tom Rudin is the director of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academy of Sciences. BHEW provides government, academic and industry leaders with analyses and recommendations designed to inform action and public policy on issues in higher education and the workforce. CWSEM coordinates, monitors, and advocates actions to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine.
Prior to joining the National Academies, Mr. Rudin served as senior vice president for career readiness and senior vice president for advocacy, government relations, and development at the College Board from 2006-2014. He was also vice president for government relations from 2004-2006 and executive director of grants planning and management from 1996-2004 at the College Board. Before joining the College Board, Mr. Rudin was a policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
In 1991, Mr. Rudin taught courses in U.S. public policy, human rights, and organizational management as a visiting instructor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the early 1980s, he directed the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Science and Technology for North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., where he was involved in several new state initiatives, such as the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University, and he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brenda WillsSenior Trade Commissioner / Counsellor (Commercial)
Embassy of Canada to Colombia
Brenda Wills joined Global Affairs Canada in 2003 and has since served abroad at the embassies of Canada in Washington, D.C., the Republic of Chile, and the Republic of Colombia.
In Ottawa, she has held several positions, including in the Mexico Division (2004-2005), and in the Trade Policy Branch working on initiatives with Europe, most notably on the conclusion of Canada’s free trade agreement negotiations with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries as well as on discussions with the European Union (EU) prior to the launch of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations (2005-2007). She returned in 2015 to work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
Ms. Wills was first posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. in 2007 as part of the Trade Commissioner Service. In early 2008, she moved to the trade policy section of the Embassy where she focused mainly on the U.S. bilateral and regional trade agenda, with an emphasis on Latin America, as well as advocating for Canada’s participation in the TPP. From 2011 to 2015, Ms. Wills promoted Canada’s education and ICT sectors and was responsible for bilateral and regional trade policy initiatives/issues, including the Pacific Alliance, at the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Chile. In August 2016, she began her most recent posting to the Republic of Colombia as Senior Trade Commissioner and Counsellor (Commercial).
Brenda Wills holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Manitoba. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
Gwyneth A. KutzCanadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia
Gwyneth Kutz is a career foreign service officer who joined the Department of
External Affairs in 1988. She has served abroad at the Permanent Missions of Canada to the United Nations in New York (1989) and to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D. C. (1991-93), as well as at the Canadian embassies in Lima, Peru (1990-91), and Madrid, Spain (1997-99). In 1999, she opened and headed Canada’s first diplomatic presence in Tirana, Albania, before returning to Washington as Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS (2001-2004). She was appointed Canada’s first resident Ambassador to El Salvador (2004-2006), and later as
Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay (2010-2015). At Headquarters, Ambassador Kutz has worked on issues relating to energy and the environment, personnel assignments and regional security and peacekeeping. She has also served as Human Rights Director and as Senior Advisor for Multilateral Initiatives and Advocacy.
Ambassador Kutz graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in General Humanities (Highest Honors) in 1987. In August 2015, she was announced as Canada’s Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia.
Marcel LebleuAmbassador of Canada to Chile
Marcel Lebleu is a career foreign service officer who started with the Department of External Affairs in 1987. He joined the Trade Commissioner Service after having graduated in economics(B.Sc.) from Université de Montréal/University of Massachusetts. He is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and his experience representing Canada abroad spans three continents. He has served abroad in Cameroon, Costa Rica, in Argentina as Commercial Counsellor/Senior Trade Commissioner(1999-2003), and Spain as Commercial Counsellor/Senior Trade Commissioner(2003-2007).
From 2007-2011, he was Director and Senior Trade Commissioner of the Quebec Regional office (including Nunavut) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada (now Global Affairs Canada). In Ottawa, he held a number of senior positions at the corporate-level, including Director, Client Service and Strategic Integration(2011-2013) and Director General for Regional Trade Operations and Intergovernmental Affairs (2013-15).
Ambassador Lebleu was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to Chile in 2015.
Pierre AlarieCanadian Ambassador to Mexico
Pierre Alarie (MA [Public Administration], College of Europe, Bruges, 1982) joined the Department of External Affairs in 1982. While in Ottawa, Mr. Alarie served as a trade desk officer with the European bureau. He served abroad as second secretary in Lagos, Nigeria and as first secretary in Santiago, Chile.
After his assignment in Chile, Mr. Alarie joined the private sector. Between 1991 and 1993, Mr. Alarie was Vice-President, Business development of Bombardier’s transportation group. In 1994 he became Vice-President, Business development, for SNC-Lavalin International in Mexico City. Subsequently, Mr. Alarie became the Managing Director, Latin America, for the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. In 1998, he joined the Bank of Nova Scotia as Country Representative in Mexico City, a position he held until 2004.
In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Alarie was Director, Mergers and acquisitions, with Hydro-Québec International. He then acted as Adviser for the Mergers and acquisitions team of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group and worked out of both Montréal and Santiago, Chile. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Alarie was Vice-President of Mergers and acquisitions with National Bank Financial in Montréal. In 2009, Mr. Alarie became Vice-President, Business development and sales, with the Canadian Commercial Corporation in Ottawa.
H. E. Paul MaddisonHigh Commissioner of Canada in Australia
Mr. Paul Maddison is High Commissioner of Canada in Australia with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. He also holds concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. He began his current assignment upon arrival in Canberra in August 2015. Mr. Maddison served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 37 years, retiring in 2013 at the rank of Vice Admiral and from the position of Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.
- Deputy Ministry
B.C. Ministry of International Trade H.E
- Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver (Rank of Ambassador)
Dean of the Consular Corp of British Columbia
- Consulate-General of Brazil in Vancouver (Rank of Ambassador)
Clark Roberts, Q.C.Deputy Ministry
B.C. Ministry of International Trade H.E
Clark Roberts is the Deputy Minister to the B.C. Ministry of International Trade. He oversees trade and investment activities in BC’s priority international markets; international trade missions; trade strategy and policy, including international and domestic trade agreements; international marketing; and venture capital programs as well as the development and implementation of provincial multiculturalism programs and initiatives.
H. E. Consul General Liu FeiConsul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver (Rank of Ambassador)
Dean of the Consular Corp of British Columbia
Madam LIU Fei served as Counsellor successively at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Papua New Guinea and Department of North American and Oceania Affairs of Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Chinese Consul General in Brisbane, Australia, Chinese Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia and Deputy Commissioner General for 2010 Shanghai World Expo. She assumed current the current post in November 2011.
H.E. Consul General Ernesto Otto RubarthConsulate-General of Brazil in Vancouver (Rank of Ambassador)
H.E. Consul General Ernesto Otto Rubarth, Consulate-General of Brazil in Vancouver. Rubarth’s diplomatic career has taken him to countries in South America, Afria, Asia and Europe before arriving in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Law and Philosophy from Rio Grande Federal University and a Masters from Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC
President of Research Co will be the moderator of the meeting. He has analyzed and conducted public opinion research for more than 15 years, designing and managing research projects for clients across the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations and associations.
Deborah Barros Leal FariasPostdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC
Deborah BL Farias is a Brazilian-born Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at UBC’s Political Science Department. Her main areas of current interest involve Global Environmental Politics (especially related to renewable energies) and the International Political Economy of emerging countries, particularly of Brazil, China, and India.
She has been teaching undergraduate students since 2001, has worked for the State of Ceara’s International Advisory, served as a policy researcher and analyst for two Genome Canada projects, and had her previous Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the IEA’s Bioenergy Task 39 (“Commercializing Liquid Biofuels”).
1. Bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in Asia and the Americas
2. Opportunities offered in trade and investment
3. Political and cultural issues
4. The future of the economic relationship between these regions
5. Security among the regions