Heine, Coleman, and Ralston Saul to challenge concept and merits of globalization at CIGI public event

Waterloo, Canada – March 7 – Leading experts in global governance and international affairs will gather at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Wednesday, March 9, to discuss the merits and pitfalls of globalization.

CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Heine will discuss the key findings of his co-edited CIGI publication The Dark Side of Globalization, and moderate a discussion between award-winning essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul and William D. Coleman, the CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

The public event, open to the media, will take place from 7-9 p.m. on March 9 in the CIGI Atrium. Members of the public can register by visiting http://darkside.eventbrite.com/.


This event will be available live via webcast, which you can register for by visiting: http://darkside.eventbrite.com/


CIGI Panel discussion – “The Dark Side of Globalization”


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


7-9 p.m.


The Centre for International Governance Innovation

57 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Jorge Heine, CIGI Distinguished Fellow, CIGI Chair of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University

From 2006-09, Dr. Jorge Heine was a vice-president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), and was previously Ambassador of Chile to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (2003-2007), and Ambassador to South Africa (1994-1999) as well as a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister in the Chilean Government. A lawyer and political scientist, he has been a visiting fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford and a research associate at The Wilson Center in Washington D.C. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Ford Foundation and Oxford Analytica.

William D. Coleman, CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs

Dr. Coleman is a professor of political science and was the founding director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. He has received several distinguished honours during his academic career, including being named a Fellow/Lauréat by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and receiving a Major Collaborative Research Initiatives grant worth CAD $ 2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Coleman is also the project director of the book series Globalization and Autonomy being published by the University of British Columbia Press.

John Ralston Saul, Award Winning Essayist and Novelist, and Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

John Ralston Saul, a long-time champion of freedom of expression, was elected President of  PEN International in October 2009, and is Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. An award-winning essayist and novelist, Saul has had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, he is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries. He has received many national and international awards for his writing, most recently South Korea's Manhae Grand Prize for Literature. In his 2005 book, The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, Saul warned that, like it or not, globalism was already collapsing and that if we did not act quickly we would be caught in a crisis and limited to emergency reactions. The Collapse of Globalism was re-issued in 2009 with an updated epilogue that addresses the current crisis. His most recent book is a biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, published as part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians book series, of which he serves as General Editor. Born in Ottawa, Saul studied at McGill University and King's College, University of London, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1972.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI’s current research programs focus on four themes: the global economy; the environment and energy; development; and global security. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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