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Canada-Mexico Initiative

FOCAL and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) have convened a consortium of Mexican and Canadian think-tanks, which, in consultation with academics, private sector and both governments, is mounting a concerted effort to identify key issues, develop solutions and build public support for positive changes in the bilateral relationship.

The Working Group of the Canada-Mexico Initiative (CMI) is co-chaired by the Hon. William Graham, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence and H.E. Ambassador Rosario Green, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Mexican Senate and former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations.

Canadian Chapter of the CMI Working Group:

Carlo Dade, Executive Director of the CMI
Kathryn Hewlett-Jobes, Special Advisor to the CMI

Louis Bélanger, Université Laval
Colin Carrie, MP for Oshawa
Michael Dark, University of Alberta
Cristina Flores, Canadian Council for the Americas
Roger Gibbins, Canada West Foundation
George Haynal, Bombardier
Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, Senate of Canada
Jennifer Jeffs, Canadian International Council
Marina Jiménez, The Globe and Mail
Hon. Barbara McDougall, Aird and Berlis
Stephen Randall, University of Calgary
Steve Reid, Goldcorp
Mario Silva, MP for Davenport 2004 - 2011

Recent Publications

Mexico-Canada trade relations | SP
Jaime Zabludovsky and Odracir Barquera
FOCAL Policy Brief
April 2011

Enhancing the movement of people between Canada and Mexico
Mark B. Salter
FOCAL Policy Brief
March 2011

Beyond trade: Sub-national diplomacy between Canada and Mexico
David Parks
FOCAL Policy Brief
March 2011

In search of relevance for Canadian-Mexican energy relations
Lourdes Melgar
FOCAL Policy Brief
March 2011

Working documents:

Canada-Mexico Relationship: A Backgrounder

EN | FR | SP






Executive Summary of the Canada-Mexico Initiative EN | FR | SP

Canada-Mexico Relationship: A Perspective from Canada (available soon)

Media releases

Canada-Mexico Initiative Contacts:                
Carlo Dade
Executive Director
Tel. 613-562-0005 ext. 222
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CMI in the Media

Moving North America at the speed of business
April 6, 2011

A View of the Hemisphere



Explore the link between governance and development.