After a long winter break, hosts Chris Sabatini and Ken Frankel return for a second season. And with this new season comes new conversations with players outside of the usual U.S.-Latin American sphere. With Chris across the pond at Chatham House, interviews will focus more on the relationship between the region and Europe, or less discussed partners like India.
To start this new journey, the next guest isn’t too far from home. Chris and Ken speak to Michael Grant, the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas at Global Affairs Canada, about the country’s stance on the Venezuela crisis, its role in the Lima Group, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
Grant has been working for the Canadian government since July 1994 when he started as a Desk Officer for the Eastern Europe Division of the Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade. From October 2013 to August 2018, Grant was the Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Prior to that, Grant was Ambassador to Libya. He has worked in the Canadian Embassies in the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, Argentina, Israel and Mexico. During his time in Mexico, Grant was the head of the economic section of the embassy. He graduated from Concordia University in 1992.