Film Screening: A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization

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The Balsillie School and Project Ploughshares are pleased to welcome His Excellency Roberto Dormond Cantú, Costa Rica’s Ambassador to Canada, to introduce the award-winning 2016 documentary A Bold Peace which presents the unique political and cultural history of Costa Rica. Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. A Bold Peace challenges our thinking about war and peace. This inspiring film also shows how this small Central American country has become on an international leader on diplomacy, disarmament, environment and climate change. More information about the film can be found here.

About the speaker

Photo of Ambassador Dormond For more than three years Roberto has been the Ambassador of Costa Rica to Canada, and last year he was appointed concurrent Ambassador to Iceland, passionate about his country, he is actively promoting it as a business development and investment destination, as well as a world leader on sustainable tourism, peace and disarmament.

Previously, he has had an extensive experience in international public and business affairs, working in all of the Americas for almost 20 years, mainly in the private sector for Fortune 100 companies, including General Counsel for CITI Group Costa Rica, Kraft Foods Central and South America and the Caribbean and was founder of DMA Consulting. During this journey, he has been able to connect and engage with a great diversity of stakeholders, traveling intensely in the Americas and deeply understanding its business, historic and cultural reality.

Roberto also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Advisor to the President of Congress in Costa Rica (1994). He was a fellow at the US Congress during 1996 and completed a Masters in Law (LLM) at Georgetown University Law Center in 1997.

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