The Trust for the Americas – CANADA

About Us

In conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), it is anticipated that The Trust Canada will facilitate the formation of charitable public-private partnerships to develop programs in response to the needs of OAS Member States while complying with Canadian law. The Trust Canada is intended to operate as sister organization of The Trust for the Americas, building on its 17-year track-record of successes and pristine reputation. Through existing support from hundreds of organizations and donors, The Trust has developed and executed a variety of initiatives, generating economic opportunities and fostering inclusive and safe communities across Latin America. The Trust Canada will foster key partnerships that will allow for the continuance and expansion of efforts dedicated to strengthening the capacities of individuals and civil society organizations.

Board of Directors

  • Adam Blackwell, President of the Board
    Secretary of Multidimensional Security, OAS
  • Hans-Joachim Kohlsdorf, Vice-President of the Board
    CEO of Efficient Ideas S.A de C.V.
  • Ross Anderson, Treasurer
    Vice-President of Scotia Bank of Canada
  • Marina Jimenez, Secretary of the Board
    Former President of the Canadian Council for the Americas.

Background: About the Trust for the Americas

The Trust for the Americas is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). It was established in 1997 to promote public and private sector participation in social and economic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Trust provides technical, financial and human resources to build the capacities of marginalized groups throughout the Americas with collaboration between OAS member states, the private sector, and civil society. Specifically, the focus of The Trust is on generating economic opportunities and fostering inclusive and safe communities in Latin America. Its corporate partners include Microsoft, MasterCard, Western Union, Copa Airlines, Portland Holdings, Grupo Ardila, Chevron, and Diageo, among others.

To date, The Trust for the Americas has implemented projects in more than 20 countries of the Western Hemisphere. Of particular importance is the POETA program, which provides vocational training and economic opportunities to low income communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its creation in 2004, POETA has provided access to training and education to more than 750,000 individuals in the region. The program has been recognized by the United Nations as a best practice to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Additionally, The Trust has a long tradition of fostering greater recognition of human rights for minorities. It is currently implementing a program to advocate for the rights of victims of the Colombian conflict, and has worked in Latin America to foster the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce. The Trust is also well known for its governance initiative which resulted in the passing of transparency laws in Central America, as well as improving the business environment in the region.

In 2014, The Board of The Trust, working together with SMS/OAS established The Trust for the Americas Canada to further promote and facilitate charitable public-private partnerships and developments. The Trust for the Americas Canada is not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. It has applied for registered charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency.

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