Appointments to the Board of Directors of Rights & Democracy

(No. 112 - April 27, 2009)The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the appointments of Bradley Farquhar and Marco Navarro-Génie to the Board of Directors of the Montreal-based International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy).

"Mr. Farquhar's solid domestic and international experience in democratic development and Mr. Navarro-Génie's academic work focusing on religion and politics will undoubtedly benefit the work of Rights & Democracy," said Minister Cannon.

Rights & Democracy is a non-partisan organization with an international mandate. It was created by Parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and to promote democratic institutions and practices around the world.

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Biographical notes on the appointees follow.

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Biographical Notes

Bradley Farquhar (BA [Liberal Arts], Providence College, Manitoba, 1991; MPA [Electoral Governance], Griffith University in Australia, 2005) works as an independent management and governance consultant specializing in political party and democracy development. A part-time faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Regina, he periodically teaches a course on elections and voter behaviour.

In 2005, Mr. Farquhar received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for his work promoting democracy in Tajikistan, where he worked with the International Foundation for Election Systems and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has been involved in projects related to the conduct of elections in Central Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Bilingual in English and French, Mr. Farquhar is a member or director of several organizations, including the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, the City of Regina Mayor's Task Force on Regina's Future, Greenfield Carbon Offsetters Inc., the University of Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council, the Banff Forum, Hillsdale Baptist Church, the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, the Fraser Institute and Civitas.

Mr. Farquhar lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with his wife and three children.

Marco Navarro-Génie (BA Honours [Political Philosophy], Concordia University, 1990; MA in Political Science [Political Philosophy], University of Calgary, 1993) has taught at the post-secondary level for over 15 years. He is currently assistant professor of political science and history at St. Mary's University College in Calgary. He has been an instructor of political science and international education at Mount Royal College, and has also taught at the University of Calgary, and at Concordia University in Montreal. Since September 2001, he has been working on a PhD at the University of Calgary, focusing on religion and politics, radical revolutionary movements, and cultural and political identity in Latin America.

In 1999, Mr. Navarro-Génie was a recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at Mount Royal College. He is also recipient of an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship for 2004-2006.

Fluent in English, French, Spanish and with working knowledge of German, Italian and Portuguese, Mr. Navarro-Génie has participated in numerous conferences and has published several articles. He is author of Augusto "César" Sandino: Messiah of Light and Truth. He regularly comments on Canadian and Alberta politics for Radio-Canada, Radio-Canada International, CBC News and RDI.

Mr. Navarro-Génie lives in Okotoks, Alberta, with his wife Dominique and their six children.