Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Maxwell A. Cameron teaches in the Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia and serves as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. His research focuses on comparative politics (Latin America), democratization, and constitutionalism. He is the author of numerous books including Latin America’s Left Turns,New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America, The Making of NAFTA, and Strong Constitutions. Cameron is one of the founders of the Summer Institute for Future Legislators, an innovative program that seeks to prepare people for public life. In 2011-12 he was a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, and in 2013 he was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Cameron is a frequent commentator on politics in the media.
In the Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia, Harper warned that environmental reviews should not hold industry back. He should take a hard look at countries like Peru and Ecuador, where hundreds of conflicts have erupted over the environmental effects of extractive projects. The less-developed world may show us the image of our own future.