About The North American Institute


Canada, the United States and Mexico are increasingly tied together in an evolving and complex trinational relationship. The spillover effect of economic integration after NAFTA is focusing attention on such shared concerns as the environment, labor, education, immigration and social welfare. And while they integrate, these three large federal states are undergoing rapid internal changes, which also affect the emerging North American community.

The North American Institute (NAMI) was founded in 1988 to deepen understanding and to promote new approaches to North American issues. A unique trinational organization, NAMI's spirit derives from the vision of founders Maurice Strong, Bruce Babbitt and Jesus Silva Herzog, and developed by Susan Herter, John Wirth and Senator Jack Austin of Canada.

What is NAMI?

The North American Institute is a private, not-for-profit organization with a secretariat in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and chapters in Canada and Mexico. NAMI's work is guided by a 9-member North American Coordinating Committee, three from each country, and a separate Board of Directors for each chapter.

NAMI's mission is to enhance public understanding of priority issues affecting the North American community. In pursuit of its mission, NAMI both serves as a convening organization by organizing conferences, workshops, and forums that address pertinent issues relating to the emerging North American community, and a program-oriented organization that works with the next generation of leaders in North America. The 3 central themes that NAMI addresses are:

1. Advancing public understanding of North American issues
2. Smart borders and green trade corridors
3. Building trinational leadership

As a convener, NAMI brings together people from both the private and public sectors; leading thinkers from academia, business and non-profit institutions; government; labor; and the media to provide a forum for the sharing of ideas on emerging issues, and for discussing the means towards deeper social integration while also acknowledging the social, political, and economic differences between the countries. In addition, NAMI also encourages networking among the wide variety of professional people who addend NAMI functions. Acting as a facilitator for this networking, NAMI furthers its support for trinational cooperation.

NAMI's publication efforts strive to disseminate leading thinking and analysis to the public policy community. Publications include the proceedings of its meetings, as well as books and reports on pertinent issues, and NAMINEWS, a quarterly newsletter. NAMI also maintain a site on the World Wide Web (http://www.northamericaninstitute.org).


Mr. Robert Earle, President
Author and former USIA Deputy Asst. Director

Mr. Don Winkelmann, Vice President
Former Director General of CIMMYT

Mr. Don Newquist
Vice President - Public Affairs, CEMEX

Mr. Steve Feinberg
Chairman of the Board, Dorsar Investment Co.

Mr. Andrew Dunigan
Dunigan Companies

Ms. Marilyn C. O'Leary
Director, Utton Transboundary Resource Center

Mr. Jerry Pacheco
Deputy Secretary, NM Economic Development Department

Mr. Richard Kiy
President and CEO, International Community Foundation

Mr. David Crane
Economics Editor, The Toronto Star

Srta. Rossana Fuentes
Associate Director, Foreign Affairs en Español

Ms. Susan Stroud
Founder, International Center for Innovations in Civic Participation

Gary Hufbauer
Author and Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics

Anne Heard
Consultant and former Peace Corps Co-Director, Paraguay

Dr. Paul Maxwell
Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Robert Bach
Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Clint E. Smith
Visiting Scholar, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Director of North America Forum, Stanford University

Dr. Dwight Brothers
Consultant and former Professor of North American Studies, Colorado College


David Griscom,
Executive Director

Dan Estabrook,
Development Director

Karie Martinez,
Office Administrator

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Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Sen. Jack Austin
The Senate of Canada
Victoria Building
140 Wellington Street, Room 304
Ottowa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A4
Tel: 613-992-1437
Fax: 613-995-7329
Email: [email protected]
708 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel: 505.982.3657
Fax: 505.983.5840
Email: [email protected]
Amb. Jesus Reyes Heroles
Pestalozzi 522
Colonia del Valle
Mexico DF 03020
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