Canadian Council for the Americas

Canadian Council for the Americas
Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

June 04, 2009 10:26 ET

Media Advisory: OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza Keynote Speaker at CIC Luncheon

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), is the keynote speaker at an upcoming luncheon co-hosted by the Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA) and the Canadian International Council (CIC). His presentation, titled Threshold of a New Era in Inter-American Relations, will be held June 9 at Torys LLP in Toronto.

In his first major address following the historic OAS general assembly in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where Cuba's readmission to the hemispheric group was debated, Secretary General Insulza will discuss the mood and challenges of the Americas region, as well as Canada's critical role in renewing hemispheric dialogue.

Cuba was suspended from the OAS in 1962 because of its alliance with the Soviet Union. The majority of nations in the OAS say it is time to lift the suspension that has become obsolete.

Since becoming a full member of OAS in 1990, Canada has emerged as a leading promoter of the comprehensive goals of regional integration and cooperation set out by the 1994 Miami Summit of the Americas.

Admission is $45.00 for CCA and CIC members and $75.00 for non-members. To register, please call 416-946-7209 or visit:

Threshold of a New Era in Inter-American Relations is co-sponsored by Barrick Gold Corporation and Torys LLP.

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Threshold of a New Era in Inter-American Relations

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Torys LLP
79 Wellington St. West
33rd Floor, Suite 3300
TD Centre
Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, the CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC features a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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