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72nd Annual Summer Conference, August 7–10, 2003

Speaker Biographies

Edward Asner
Actor, Former President of the Screen Actors Guild
Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner. Perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV newsroom comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. His prolific and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama. One of the most honored actors in the history of television, Edward Asner has been the recipient of 7 Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as 5 Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. In addition to his professional versatility, Edward Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, Asner is a frequent speaker on labor issues and a particular ally for the acting industry’s older artists. Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, the Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union’s Worker’s Right’s Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.
Ronald G. Atkey, P.C., Q.C.
As a senior partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ron brings a unique combination of experience to his role as Chair of the Arts, Entertainment and Media Law Group. While specializing in cultural industries (film, television, music, books, magazines, and new media), he also practises in the areas of corporate and administrative law, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and competition and trade law as a member of our Business Law Group.
Drawing upon his earlier career in public and academic life, Ron has built his practice through involvement in a wide array of international transactions with major regulatory issues, representing multinational entertainment conglomerates regarding their Canadian operations. In this capacity, he maintains a close watch for clients on government and agency activities in both Ottawa and Washington, building on his experience as a federal Cabinet Minister (1979–80), Member of Parliament (1972–74;1979–80), professor of administrative and constitutional law (1967–77), and Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (1984–89).
Ron is in demand as a speaker and writer on media convergence in the 21st century, and gives both policy and legal advice on content issues to major private sector players in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He is co-author of a book on Canadian constitutional law and has published many articles dealing with business law, government regulation, cultural industries, media convergence and international trade and investment. He published his first novel, The Chancellor’s Foot, in 1995 and currently is an active speaker at conferences and on television panels regarding Canada–U.S. relations in the entertainment industry.
Ron graduated from the University of Western Ontario in arts (economics and english) in 1962 and in law (as gold medalist) in 1965. He completed an LL.M. degree in law at Yale University in 1966 on a Mackenzie King Traveling Scholarship.
Lloyd Axworthy
Director and CEO, Lui Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
Lloyd Axworthy is Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia and holds positions on several boards and companies. Dr. Axworthy is the Chairman of the Human Security Centre for the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), Co-Chair of the State of the World Forum, Commission on Globalization, and Honourary Chairman of the Canadian Landmine Foundation.
     He has received honourary doctorates from Lakehead University, University of Victoria, University of Denver, Niagara University, the University of Winnipeg and Dalhousie University. He graduated in 1961 with a B.A. from United College (now the University of Winnipeg), obtained his M.A. in Political Science from Princeton University in 1963, subsequently earning a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1972. Lloyd Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years. He held several Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, Minister of Human Resources Development, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his Foreign Affairs portfolio, he became internationally renowned for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular, the Ottawa Treaty – a landmark global treaty, banning anti-personnel landmines. For his leadership on landmines, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. For his efforts in establishing the International Criminal Court and the Protocol on child soldiers, he received the North-South Institute’s Peace Award. Dr. Axworthy lectures widely in Canada, the United States and abroad. His book, Navigating a New World – Canada’s Global Future, published by Knopf Canada, will be released in the fall of 2003.
Jane Brenneman-Gibson
Vice President Program, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (CIPA)
Jane Brenneman Gibson is the VP of Program for CIPA in 2003. When she is not e-mailing the CIPA planning committee she is the Director of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange with the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto. Jane also worked for a number of years in the Ontario Public Service in various capacities including Director of Strategic Health Policy and Acting ADM of Integrated Services for Children. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and MCl.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario in speech language pathology. 
Maria de Lourdes Dieck-Assad
Undersecretary for Economic Relations and International Cooperation of the Minister of Foreign Relations of Mexico
Undersecretary Dieck-Assad is responsible for international economic affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico, where she oversees economic, trade, investment, development, and international cooperation issues on bilateral, regional, and multilateral fora. She is a Principal of the Partnership for Prosperity, a strategic alliance launched recently by Presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush to promote regional development in Mexico and the United States.
Previously, Dr. Dieck-Assad served as Chief Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Relations, where she helped setting Mexico’s basic foreign policy guidelines while being responsible for planning and producing several key studies.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Relation, Dr. Dieck-Assad worked as Chief Advisor to the Secretary of Economics, where she prepared several industry and sector studies to help promote employment in Mexico, open new markets abroad, strengthen international trade tie, and improve Mexico’s appeal as a main destination of foreign direct investment. She was also responsible for the activities of the President’s Council for Competitiveness.
Dr. Dieck-Assad has a long and distinguished academic career. She was Director of the Doctoral Program in Management of the well-known Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, one of the leading Mexican academic institutions. She worked both with the Instituto’s Center for Strategic Studies and with the Economics Department as economics professor. One of Ms. Dieck’s most recent scholar contributions is the textbook “Macroeconomía con Aplicaciones para México” (Macroeconomics with Applications for Mexico), written in Spanish with Paul A. Samuelson, William D. Nordhaus, and José de Jesús Salazar.
Dr. Dieck-Assad has also consulted with the World Bank on macroeconomic, country, sector, and industry policies of several countries and wrote extensively on the effect of macroeconomic changes on business performance. While living in the United States, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and became Director of the Economics Department of Trinity College, in Washington D.C.
Dr. Dieck-Assad has a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, an M.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and she and her husband are the proud parents of three children.
David Dodge
Governor, Bank of Canada
Mr. Dodge was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada on 1 February 2001, for a term of seven years. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank. A native of Toronto, Mr. Dodge received a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Economics at Queen’s University in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton. In 1972, David Dodge joined the public service as a research officer and later Chief of Tax Analysis with the Department of Finance. He went on to direct research efforts at Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board and the Ministry of State for Economic Development. David Dodge rejoined the public service in July 1980 in the Department of Employment of Immigration, first directing the work of the Labour Market Development Task Force, then as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Planning. In 1984, he returned to the Department of Finance where he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, then as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of the Tax Policy and Legislation Branch. In 1989, David Dodge became Associate Deputy Minister of Finance with responsibilities as Canada’s G-7 Deputy and in July 1992 was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance where he served for five years. In that role, he also served on the Bank’s Board of Directors. During the academic year 1997–98, Mr. Dodge took leave from the federal government to work as a Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Dodge returned to the federal public service in 1998 when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health, where he served until the announcement of his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Anthony DePalma
Journalist, former Canadian Bureau Chief, New York Times
Anthony DePalma was the first foreign correspondent of The New York Times to serve as bureau chief in both Mexcio and Canada. Starting in 1993, he covered some of the most tumultuous events in modern Mexican history, including the Zapatista uprising, the assassination of the ruling party’s presidential candidate and the peso crisis that quickly spread economic chaos to markets all over the world. In Canada, he reported from all ten provinces and three territories, covering natural disasters like the Quebec ice storm and the Red River flood. Mr. DePalma has also reported from Cuba, Guatemala, Suriname, Guyana, and during the Kosovo crisis, Montenegro and Albania. His book, Here: A Biography of the New American Continent, was published in the United States and Canada in 2001. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. DePalma was an international business correspondent covering North and South America. During his tenure with The Times, he has held positions in the Metropolitan and National sections of the newspaper. Most recently, he has returned to the United States to write about the working class and New York City.
Elizabeth Dowdeswell
President & CEO, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal and international borders and transcended traditional disciplinary lines, most recently as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program. Throughout, her focus has been on engaging the public in public policy-making; seeking innovation in the successful management of organizations through change; and, strengthening communications and education as means to achieve results. Her global vision and pragmatic managerial skills are the focus of her current position as President & CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.
Robert Fauver
Former G7/G8 “sherpa”, President, Fauver Associates LLC
Robert Fauver is a former senior advisor to the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs. From 1995 to 1999, he served as the National Intelligence Officer for Economics on the National Intelligence Council. Previously he was Counsellor to the Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Treasury Department and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Economic Policy. In this capacity, Mr. Fauver was the President’s personal representative (sherpa) responsible for overseeing preparations for the G7 Economic Summit process in 1993 and 1994. He also represented the President in the preparations for the 1993 APEC leaders conference in Seattle, Washington. He has served as Director, Office of Industrial Nations and Global Analyses in the Treasury Department and Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Ministerial meetings of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The Honourable Bill Graham, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada
First elected as Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre-Rosedale in 1993, Bill Graham was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2002. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Graham served as Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Under his Chairmanship, the Committee produced important reports on issues including Canada’s interests in the World Trade Organization, Canada’s role in Kosovo, the implementation of legislation for the International Criminal Court, and the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Active in international parliamentary associations, Mr. Graham was elected founding President of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas. He has served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Parliamentary Association of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and as Treasurer of Liberal International. Mr. Graham was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver before going on to study at Upper Canada College, Trinity College, the University of Toronto (B.A. Hon., LL.B.), and the University of Paris (Doctorate in Law). 
Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.
Senior Advisor, The Eisenhower Institute
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is currently Senior Advisor at The Eisenhower Institute and Senior Consultant at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He is also President of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Ambassador Graham served as Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament from 1994–97. He led United States Government efforts to achieve a permanent Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) leading up to and during the 1995 Review and Extension Conference of the NPT. Ambassador Graham headed the United States Delegation to the 1996 Review Conference of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and the 1993 ABM Treaty Review Conference. Among other assignments, he has served as the Legal Advisor to the US SALT II Delegation (1974-79), the Senior Arms Control Agency Representative to the US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Delegation (1981–82), the Legal Advisor to the US Nuclear and Space Arms Delegation (1985–88), and the Senior Arms Control Agency Representative and Legal Advisor to the United States Delegation to the CFE Negotiation (1989–90). He has also served as the Legal Advisor to the US Delegation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 1980, the Legal Advisor to the US Delegation to the 1988 ABM Treaty Review Conference, the Legal Advisor to the US START I Delegation in 1991, and the Legal Advisor to the US START II Delegation in 1992-93. Ambassador Graham has taught courses at the University of Virginia School of Law, Stanford University, The Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Stephen Handelman
Columnist, TIME Magazine
Stephen Handelman, a New York-based columnist for TIME Canada, writes the magazine’s “49th Parallel” column, which is one of the few regular columns on North American issues in the North American media. Prior to working for TIME, he was a foreign correspondent for The Toronto Star, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. An award-winning journalist and author, his 1995 book, Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafia (Yale University Press), is considered the definitive analysis of post-Soviet corruption and organized crime. In 1999, he wrote “Biohazard”, the first inside account of the secret Soviet bioweapons program. Written with Ken Alibek, former head of that program, it has been published in seven languages and is now in its 8th reprinting. Handelman has appeared on television and radio in Canada and the United States, and is a frequent lecturer on international issues. An associate fellow at the Harriman Institute of Post-Soviet Affairs at Columbia University, he holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mel Hurtig
Mel Hurtig was born and raised in Edmonton. In 1956 he opened a small book store which grew into one of the largest retail book operations in Canada. Mr. Hurtig sold his book store in 1972 to concentrate on publishing Canadian books. Hurtig Publishers produced many titles that won the Governor General’s Award and numerous other awards and prizes. In 1980, Mr. Hurtig launched the largest and most ambitious project in the history of Canadian publishing, the $12 million dollar, comprehensive The Canadian Encyclopedia, published in 1985. In September 1990, Hurtig publishers published an even larger project, the five-volume The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada, the first encyclopedia for young Canadians. In 1985 he formed a new national organization, The Council of Canadians, which is dedicated to preserving Canadian sovereignty. Mel Hurtig’s first book, The Betrayal of Canada, was published by Stoddart in October of 1991, it is now in it’s eighth printing since publication. Mr. Hurtig’s autobiography, At Twilight in the Country/Memoirs of a Canadian Nationalist, was published by Stoddart in the fall of 1996. His last book, “Pay the Rent of Feed the Kids: The Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada,” was published by McClelland & Stewart in the fall of 1999. His newest book, The Vanishing Country, was published by McClelland and Stewart in October 2002.
Photo Gustavo Carvajal Isunza
Gustavo graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is currently working on his PhD in Law at UNAM. He is currently working as a Professor of Environmental Law and Administrative Law at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Since 2002, Gustavo has been a Council Member of the National Council for Sustainable Development. He is also a Member of the Mexican Commission for Environmental Infrastructure and was elected by the Mexico City House of Representatives to serve as Council Member of the Government Board of the Environmental General Attorney Office of Mexico City. He is President of the Board of “Justicia para Todos” a Non-Governmental Organization that provides free legal services to people with scarce resources and works as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development on matters related to health and environment.
In April 2000, Gustavo lectured the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in Vancouver on “Environmental Law as an Element for Competitiveness” and in 2002 he lectured the Mexican Bar Association on “Dispute Resolution under NAFTA and the Environmental Side Agreement.”
Stephen Kelly
Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Ottawa
Mr. Kelly is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer who reported to duty as Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, in July 2000. Prior to that he was Political Counselor at the United States Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands. From 1995–98 Mr. Kelly was Principal Officer of the United States Consulate General in Quebec City, Canada. In 1995 Mr. Kelly completed a master’s degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. From 1991–94 he was assigned to the United States. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, as deputy in the political section. Mr. Kelly speaks French, Indonesian, Spanish and Dutch. He worked as a journalist for seven years before joining the Foreign Service, served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire the early 1970s, and graduated from Cornell University in 1972.
John Kirton
Professor, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
Professor John Kirton is the founder and director of the G8 Research Group, established at the University of Toronto in 1987. He is Series Editor of Ashgate Publishing’s G8 and Global Governance series, and the Principal Investigator of the research program on “Strengthening Canada’s Environmental Community through International Regime Reform” (EnviReform). In 1992–93, Kirton served as a Special Projects Officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, devising a strategy for Canada’s G7 participation. As Vice-President of Kirton Associates, he has conducted media analyses of the G7/8 Summits on behalf of Foreign Affairs. As a member of the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of Canada, he participated in the preparation of advice for the 1995 Halifax Summit. He was a member of the Canadian Government’s International Trade Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997. Kirton is an Associate Professor of Political Science, a Fellow of Trinity College, a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies, and a member of the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
Margaret Lefebvre
Past President of The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Margaret Lefebvre has been a City Councillor in Westmount, Quebec, a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a member of the WorkingGroup for the creation of a National Science Organization of Canada. She has had an extensive background in public policy issues in the areas of finance, health and official languages. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Income Funds / L’Association canadienne des fonds de revenue.
Frank E. Loy
Former Under Secretary of State, United States
Frank E. Loy was, most recently, from 1998 to January 2001, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. As such, he was responsible for, among other things, policy formulation and negotiations regarding the environment and scientific affairs, human rights, the promotion of democracy, refugees and humanitarian affairs, counter-narcotics and international law enforcement. During his tenure he served as chief U.S. negotiator for a number of treaties, including those on climate change, on trade in genetically modified agricultural products and on an international convention to combat organized crime.
He is at present a member of the boards of Environmental Defense, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Resources for the Future, Population Services International, The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, as well as the International Advisory Council of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships and the Board of Advisors of the Friends of Slovakia. He has also served on numerous corporate boards.
He received his B.A. from UCLA and L.L.B. from Harvard. He is married to the former Dale Haven and has two children, Lisel, of Washington DC, and Eric, of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.
Judith Maxwell
President & Founder of Canadian Policy Research Networks
Judith Maxwell is President and Founder of Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), a new kind of think tank based on networks of researchers and policy advisors, founded in 1995. The mission of CPRN is to create knowledge and lead public debate in order to help make Canada a more just, prosperous and caring society. She is a member of the Order of Canada, a member of the Board of Directors of BCE Inc. and has been awarded honorary degrees by seven Canadian universities. Mrs. Maxwell has long experience in both public sector and private sector think tanks.  She was Chair of the Economic Council of Canada from 1985 to 1992. Prior to 1985, she worked as a consultant, as Director of Policy Studies at the C.D. Howe Institute and as a journalist.
Elizabeth A. McDonald
President & CEO, Canadian Film and Television Production Association
As the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, Elizabeth McDonald represents the interests of close to 400 film, television and interactive media producers across Canada on relevant issues in public policy, labour negotiations, regulatory affairs, membership services, communications as well as financial matters. She is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Television Fund as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the Banff Television Foundation. Ms. McDonald represents the interests of the Canadian industry at FIAPF, the International Federation for Film Producers Association, and was appointed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Cultural SAGIT in early 1999.
David McGown
President, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (CIPA)
Vice President of Corporate Development at CIBC, Mr. McGown’s focus is the effective implementation of acquisitions and divestitures within the CIBC group of companies. Mr. McGown has supported the development of electronic banking ventures in both Canada and the United States and has been actively involved in the outsourcing of technology services. His career at CIBC included several roles with Corporate Communications including government and regulatory affairs, donations, sponsorships, and community relations and advertising. Previous employers include the Department of Finance in Ottawa where he specialized in international trade relations as well as working as an assistant to the Deputy Minister and to the Minister of Finance on legislation and House of Commons matters. Mr. McGown also worked as a political assistant at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Mr. McGown graduated with an honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and politics. He continues to hold an active interest in education, instructing for a semester in Canadian Politics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. David has been a director of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs since 1993 and sits on the boards of several other not-for-profit organizations.
Alan Nymark
Commissioner, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
Effective June 2, 2003, Alan Nymark became Commissioner of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. He left Environment Canada having served as Deputy Minister for three and a half years, where he oversaw the Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and the Royal Assent of the Species at the Risk Act. A native of Ottawa, he graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Masters in Economics in 1971. He continued his post-graduate studies in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Mr. Nymark was appointed in 1985 Assistant Chief Negotiator with the Trade Negotiations Office on the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Between 1989 and 1993, he served as Executive Vice-President of Investment Canada and as Assistant Chief Negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister , Industry and Science Policy at Industry Canada where he promoted a knowledge-based economy and society.
  Adam Ostry
Conference Chair, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (CIPA)
On July 3, 2002, Adam Knelman Ostry was appointed Director General of the Privy Council Office’s Task Force on Canada’s Urban Communities with a mandate to develop a vision of the Government of Canada’s role with respect to Canada’a urban centers as well as a coordinated strategy and action plan on urban issues. From 1999–2002, Mr. Ostry was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (OMDC). Mr. Ostry has had an active career as a public servant with extensive experience in public policy development, strategic planning and program management. Mr. Ostry holds an Honours B.A. in Political Economy from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in political science from the Université Laval and is a graduate of the École nationale d’administration in France. Mr. Ostry’s volunteer activities include serving as Chairman of the Board for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa prior to his move to Toronto, Advisory Board Member of the Toronto International McCluhan Festival of the Future and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. His publications include: “Politique, culture et forces du Marché: cohérence ou désordre, efficacité ou impuissance”, as well as a chapter in Les Cultures de grande consommtion, Nuit Blanche, éditeur, 1993. Mr. Ostry is a CIPA Board Member and chair of the CIPA 2003 Summer Conference.
  Alan Pearson
President, Alan Pearson Associates
Since 1981, Alan has been president of Alan Pearson Associates Inc., a consulting firm specializing in consensus-based strategic management, conflict resolution, Board governance, and organization design. Its over 120 clients, large and small, include government agencies-federal, provincial, regional, and local; hospitals and social-service agencies; universities and colleges; voluntary organizations; business and professional associations; banks, trust and insurance companies; oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals companies; grocery and food manufacturers; communications and transportation companies; and legal, accounting, and management-consulting firms. Alan recently completed a 20-month sabbatical serving as president of the International Children’s Institute, a small, innovative not-for-profit organization, with programs in Canada and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dedicated to helping war-affected children to develop coping skills to recover from their painful experiences. Alan was educated in commerce, economics and law in England. After national military service, mostly on secondment to the Ghana Army, he spent five years with The Economist Intelligence Unit in London before moving to Canada in the 1960s. He then spent a dozen years as a federal public servant, mostly as director of studies and research in the Privy Council Office/Federal-Provincial Relations Office in Ottawa. In addition, he has served as president of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, and remains involved in organizing the annual Couchiching Conference. He has also been president of the Toronto chapter of The Planning Forum (now the Strategic Leadership Forum).
Ambassador Andrés Rozental
President, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations
Andrés Rozental was Mexico’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1995 to 1997. He has been a career diplomat for more than 30 years. In mid-1997, he took a leave of absence from government to establish Rozental & Asociados, an international consulting firm specialized in providing political and economic advisory services to both Mexican and foreign companies, as well as in assisting multinational enterprises with their Latin American corporate strategy. Currently, Ambassador Rozental holds non-executive Board positions in several important multinational corporations in Spain, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and México. Ambassador Rozental obtained his professional degree in international relations from the Universidad de las Américas in México, and his Master’s in International Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also did post gradute studies at the University of Bordeaux in France. He is a part-time professor of international relations at the ITAM University and has been a member of the editorial board of the Reforma newspaper. He is the author of two books on Mexican foreign policy and of numerous articles on international affairs. On January 1, 2002, he was elected President of the newly-formed Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-governmental forum for the study of the country’s role in the world and the influence of international affairs on México.

Renée St-Jacques
Director General, Micro-Economic Policy Analysis, Industry Canada
Renée St-Jacques is Director General of the Micro-Economic Policy Analysis Branch of Industry Canada. As the Chief Economist of Industry Canada, she is responsible for providing research and analytical support to the Senior Management on micro-economic issues and policies and program. Prior to joining Industry Canada, she worked in various senior capacities at the Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Privy Council Office. Ms. St-Jacques obtained an undergraduate degree in economics from Université Laval and holds a Masters in economics (and ABD) from the University of Chicago.


Anthony Westell
Author and Journalist
Anthony Westell was born in Britain and began work there in 1942 as an apprentice reporter when he was 16. After war service in the Royal Navy, he returned to journalism where be became a political and diplomatic correspondent for Lord Beaverbrook’s Evening Standard. Upon his immigration Canada, he became a general reporter at The Globe and Mail. He joined the Editorial Board of the Globe in 1959 and was appointed Ottawa bureau chief in 1964. In 1969, he became the syndicated National Affairs columnist for The Toronto Star, and also began an association with Carleton University where he taught in the School of Journalism. Westell began to write at length about Canadian-US relations while a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New York in 1980, and continued as a Visiting Associate at the Americas Society in New York in 1983. Anthony Westell became Associate Director of the Faculty of Arts and Director of the J-school, while continuing to write for the Star and other papers,before retiring in 1991. He has won three National Newspaper Awards and is member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame. Westell has published four books and contributed to others. His autobiography, The Inside Story: A Life in Journalism, was published last year, and he continues to contribute commentary to the Globe and reviews to the Literary Review of Canada. 


The Honourable Michael Wilson
Chairman & CEO, UBS Global Asset Management (Canada) Co
Michael Wilson is Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management (Canada) Co., one of Canada’s largest managers of pension fund and other institutional investments. Prior to July 2000, Mr. Wilson was Vice-Chairman & Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. He has held senior federal cabinet posts in Finance and Industry, Science and Technology, and International Trade in the Government of Canada. Mr. Wilson is a Director of BP p.l.c., Manulife Financial and UBS Global Asset Management. He has also been active in a number of community organizations in Canada and the United States and is the Chair of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition on Good Governance.


Hassan Yussuff
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
Hassan Yussuff is Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress. He was elected to the number two position in Canadian labour’s leadership at the 23rd Convention of the CLC in June 2002, after serving three years as Executive Vice-President. Hassan Yussuff’s active involvement in the labour movement started in the mid-1970s in Toronto, when as a young worker at CanCar, he was elected plant chairperson of Local 252 of the Canadian Auto Workers. This involvement lead to the position of CAW Director of Human Rights. Today, as one of the top four CLC Officers, Yussuff’s diverse portfolio includes: health and safety; environment; human rights and anti-racism; immigration and refugees issues along with a number of international responsibilities. Since 2001, he has been President of COSATE, the trade union advisory committee of the Organization of American States (OAS).