Marta C. Blackwell studied human rights and law at Carleton University. After graduating, she coordinated a coalition of non-governmental organizations in the lead-up process to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Additionally, she managed the Canadian portion of an intergovernmental Canada-Mexico project on the protection of migrant children’s human rights in Central and North America.
After establishing an import business in Nicaragua aimed at bridging Central and South American handicraft markets, Marta developed and coordinated communications strategies for a US-based public relations and graphic design firm, a major South African NGO supporting communities affected by HIV/Aids, and a pioneering Montessori charter school in New York City. During this time, she also completed a diploma in Global Affairs at New York University.
Following her experience in the public, private and NGO sectors in North America, Latin America, and Africa, Marta enrolled in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. While completing her Masters degree, she analyzed best practices for knowledge outreach for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), was posted in Chile as a political analyst in the Canadian Embassy, evaluated private sector human rights compliance for the Swedish Embassy in Mozambique, and collaborated in the development of an award-winning project design for improvements in the garment factory industry in Bangladesh.
After graduation from the Munk School, Marta took a position with Bombardier in Montreal, working on strategy and international business development, with a focus on the emerging markets in Latin America and the risk and benefits of public-private partnerships.
She joined the Canadian Council for the Americas in September of 2014.