Covering The Hemisphere

Talking with Donald Mackay, Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 09/01/2004 12:00 am EDT

Established at the turn of the last decade as a means of helping Canada raise its profile in Latin America and the Caribbean, FOCAL is a non-governmental research institute with a broad range of objectives. Its 15-member staff of policy analysts work out of an office in Ottawa, and the Foundation has extensive ties to kindred institutions and experts throughout the hemisphere. Concentrating its efforts on explaining Canadian foreign and multilateral policy and how it is developed to key decision makers in the Americas, FOCAL is an important extension of Canada's external policy objectives in the hemisphere. Executive director Donald Mackay spoke to Embassy on August 25.

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