CCA November Update

November 21, 2013


The four ambassadors with CCA President Marina Jimenez (centre-left) and Fasken Martineau’s Samantha Alfonzo (centre-right)

On September 30, we hosted the four Ambassadors to Canada from Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru for a panel luncheon discussion at Toronto’s Fasken Martineau law firm, where they shared with us the advantages and challenges of the Pacific Alliance. The event was a sell-out with more than 120 guests, and prompted a spirited dialogue about the vibrancy and trajectory of this promising trading bloc, of which Canada is an observer. We were grateful also to welcome CIBC as an annual sponsor of the CCA.


The Honourable Anthony Hylton, Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry

Two days later, we were pleased to co-host a cocktail reception at the National Club for Honourable Anthony Hylton, Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce. The event, organized in conjunction with Jamaica Promotions Corporation and the Consulate General of Jamaica, was a timely occasion to hear more about new trade and investment opportunities in Jamaica.

On November 2, five leading business writers from Latin America arrived in Toronto for the CCA’s inaugural Journalism Forum, a week-long series of events connecting these journalists with thought leaders from Canada’s business, academic, media and government sectors. We welcomed: Gonzalo Soto, a journalist with Reforma in Mexico; David Rivera, editor of Poder magazine in Peru; Humberto Saccomandi, foreign affairs editor of Valor Economico in Brazil; Lina Castaneda, a senior business writer with El Mercurio in Chile; and Ivan Bernal, an editor and writer from La Republica in Colombia. The journalists began the week with an original and thought-provoking urban tour from Alicia Bulwik, of the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division, who showed them some of the city’s hidden gems, including the newly opened El Catrin restaurant in the Distillery district, and the ethnic enclaves that enliven the Bathurst and St. Clair area. The writers also met with leading public intellectual John Ralston Saul; with officials from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and Ryerson’s Digital Media Centre; the Globe and Mail’s foreign editor Susan Sachs; MaRS innovation hub; the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games; and Massey College, University of Toronto.


The journalists in front of the main Parliament building in Ottawa

The journalists were the featured speakers at a lunch forum on November 5 at KPMG, where they shared their views on an economic forecast of the region. Thank you to the 60 guests who attended. On November 6, the writers travelled to Ottawa for a panel with Carleton University, and an important series of briefings from Deputy Ministers and senior officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), as well as an on-the-record interview with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. The CCA is grateful to the ambassadors of Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico for co-hosting a reception in honour of the journalists at the residence of Amb. Roberto Ibarra, of Chile. We thank the City of Toronto, DFATD, Scotiabank and KPMG for supporting this program.

For bios of the journalists and a sampling of the stories they filed from their week-long tour, visit the journalism forum page on our website.

The CCA is sorry to announce it had to postpone its annual gala this week, following the decision on Nov. 16 of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to postpone his state visit to Canada due to internal political challenges. He hopes to re-schedule his state visit soon. We look forward to hosting him in the near future.

We are looking forward to our annual “Three Amigos” seminar in January, 2014. Watch for details on our web site.

Other upcoming events include the Canadian Hispanic Business Association’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians Awards night in Toronto on Nov. 27 (Marina Jimenez is honoured to be a presenter). On Nov. 25 at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel, SMPS Legal (formerly Solorzano Corporation) will hold a free session on Mexico’s tax reforms. Email Jorge Miranda at for more details. The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment is offering a seminar on opportunities for exporting services, equipment and technology to Colombia and Mexico on Jan. 14 from 8 am to 1 pm at the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre (250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto). Please contact Rowena Dias for more details at

On behalf of the CCA, have a fantastic holiday and please do not hesitate to contact us at