New book released by NPSIA and CIGI focuses on Canada and Mexico’s “Unfinished Agenda”

News Release

June 22, 2012

The latest installment of the Canada Among Nations series, Canada Among Nations 2011-2012: Canada and Mexico’s Unfinished Agenda, provides an insightful examination of Canada’s relationship with one of its most important trade and investment partners: Mexico. The new book was released in May 2012 by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University.

Canada and Mexico’s Unfinished Agenda is co-edited by Canadian and Mexican distinguished public servants Alexandra Bugailiskis and Andrés Rozental. Bugailiskis is a senior official at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, former ambassador to Cuba, and senior distinguished fellow at NPSIA. Rozental has a lifetime appointment as Eminent Ambassador of Mexico. He is a member of CIGI’s International Board of Governors, and a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The new publication includes a message from Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable John Baird and a preface by Fen Osler Hampson and Paul Heinbecker, who have both spearheaded the Canada Among Nations anthology. With over 30 contributors including Canadian, Mexican, and American academics, policy makers, politicians, journalists, and energy and climate change experts, the book offers substantive recommendations for Ottawa and Mexico City to realize the full potential of their strategic relationship. The book was launched at a number of events in Toronto and Ottawa May 28-30 to coincide with the Canada-Mexico Partnership meetings in Ottawa, including a breakfast event in Ottawa at the Rideau Club in which Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa delivered the keynote address.

“This collection not only challenges us to be innovative as we build on the future of this relationship but offers a number of ideas on how we might do so,” says Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. John Baird. “The last twenty of our countries’ more than sixty-five years of diplomatic relations have been transformative…The many steps the led to advances in the Canada-Mexico relationship reflect the vital economic, security, and social interests that we share.”

Canada Among Nations is the premier source for contemporary insight into pressing Canadian foreign policy issues. This volume continues that tradition by providing students, policy makers and business people with a timely compendium of expert opinion on Canada-Mexico relations. For more information on Canada and Mexico’s Unfinished Agenda, please visit:


Kevin Arthur, Carleton University
Tel: 613.520.2600 ext. 6523, Email: [email protected]

Kevin Dias, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
Tel: 519.885.2444 ext. 7238, 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 was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of 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

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has been training Canada’s best and brightest graduate students in international affairs. We have well over 2,000 alumni, many of whom have gone on to key leadership positions in the Canadian federal and provincial public service, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the private and not-for-profit sectors.  NPSIA offers the most comprehensive, advanced degree programs in international affairs at the Master’s and Doctoral level in Canada. The NPSIA program is interdisciplinary, reflecting the philosophy that exposure to a wide range of disciplines such as political science, economics, law, sociology, public health and history is necessary to develop an understanding of our complex global environment.


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