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Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program - 2015 Study Tour

April 29, 2015 – During the week of March 23 to 27, 2015, a select group of 24 graduate students from the Caribbean and Latin America, currently in Canada under an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship, travelled to Ottawa to participate in an annual Democracy Study Tour.

Front row (sitting, left to right): Abdiel Alvarez, Laura Melissa Camperos Zapata, Ana Laura Cantera, Peter Boehm (Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, DFATD), Maria Carla Del Rio Betancourt, Marcelo Santorelli.
Back row (standing, left to right): Heiliane Fontana, Gabriel Martinez Carmona, Carlos Roberto Jaen Chacon, Bernardo Jorge Marinsalta, Martha Paiva Scardua, Diana Valdés Cabrera, Edelbis Lopez Davila, Tatiana Mitre, Amanda Florentina Do Nascimento,Aline Marques Acosta, Andre Blondel Rojas, Alexandre Timm Do Espirito Santo, Cesar Nicolas Pegoraro, Maria Florencia Silva Barni, Adriano Henriques Lopes da Silva, Williams Miranda Delgado, Ernan Sarmiento Vento,Miriam Carlos-Mancilla, Cibely Galvani Sarto, Andreas R. Weichert (Director of International Education Division, DFATD), Tatiana Nesviginsky (Program Manager – International Scholarships Program, International Education Division, DFATD).

The 24 leaders of tomorrow who participated in the Study Tour are currently masters and doctoral level students from seven different countries in the Caribbean and Latin America conducting short-term studies or research in various fields of study at universities across Canada.

The scholars were invited to participate in a five-day event focused on Canadian governance, civil society, democracy and other related areas. They met with representatives from the federal government, private and non-profit organizations, prominent scholars from the region’s higher education institutions as well as diplomatic representatives of their home countries in Canada. Activities also included visits to the Supreme Court of Canada, Question Period at the House of Commons, and the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). Participants gained an increased understanding of Canadian models of good governance, elections processes, corporate social responsibility, governance support for indigenous populations, Canada’s justice system, the rule of law and civil society.

ELAP is a scholarship program funded by DFATD that was announced by Prime Minister Harper during the Summit of the Americas in April 2009. Its goal is to support the development of human capital and to promote the next generation of leaders in the Americas while strengthening linkages between Canada’s post-secondary institutions and those in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information on ELAP, please visit the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program.


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