Canadian Foundation for the Americas

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The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) was founded in 1990 and "is an independent policy institute, based in Ottawa, that fosters informed analysis and debate on social, political and economic issues facing the Americas. We support a greater understanding of these issues in Canada and throughout the region." [1]

Financial Support

"FOCAL receives funding from a number of sources, including: the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC), other Canadian government departments, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Ford Foundation, and the Organization of American States (OAS)." [2]

Executive Committee


  • Rt. Honourable Joe Clark, Former Canadian Prime Minister
  • Charles P. Bassett, Canadian Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Winston Cox, Deputy Secretary-General, Development Co-operation, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Jean Daudelin, Assistant Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University
  • Paul Durand, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS (ex-officio)
  • Kenneth N. Frankel, Attorney, Toronto
  • Jennifer L. McCoy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, and Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta
  • Beatrice Rangel, President and CEO AMLA Consulting
  • Elizabeth Spehar, Washington, D.C.
  • Brian J. R. Stevenson, Executive Secretary for Integral Development (SEDI-OAS)




External links

  • Anthony Fenton 'Legitimizing Polyarchy' [3] October 29, 2006