Welcome to the very 1st Edition of the Distinguished Scholars of Canada (DSC) Newsletter. I must open this newsletter by thanking the people who have made all of this happen, particularly as they are playing an on-going, influential, and continual role in this great project between our nations. Rear Admiral James J. Carey (U.S. Navy, Ret.) and LCol Walter J. Perchal (Canadian Forces) have both shown extraordinary vision in laying the roots for this program. The DSC program has been developed out of the extremely successful Washington Scholars Fellowship Program (WSFP, www.washingtonscholars.org), also founded by Admiral Carey and now funded by the Admiral James J. Carey Foundation (AJJCF, www.admiralcareyfoundation.org), that has a view of training young and aspiring individuals into becoming the next generation of leadership in national and international public policy.
As the WSFP program expanded over time into a more international focus, it was recognized that there was a void that needed to be filled; one that specifically addresses the intimate nation-to-nation relationship that the United States and Canada share. In so many ways, the relationship and bond our two nations share is: singular, unmatched, special, and should never be jeopardized. This is why the DSC was developed, to help foster a continuing bridge between the two nations by exchanging dialogue, scholarly work, and strengthening the important networks we have, particularly for the future ledears of both our nations to meet in the USA and Canada, and, to get to know each other as friends and allies before they beging their individual careers paths and chosen life's work. The experiences that will be gained by the Canadians and Americans going through this program will have value-added that is far-reaching, both in terms of scope and time, specifically in the fields of public service, public policy, and international relations.
Executive Director WSFP, Fernando Cortes, with the WSFP Summer 2011 class (including DSC)
On the Canadian side, the USA-Canada partnership is being strongly supported by Canada Company (www.canadacompany.ca), a charitable non-partisan organization that serves to build bridges between business and community leaders and the Canadian Military. The goal of Canada Company is to provide and ensure the widest support, care, and recognition that the men and women of the Forces deserve. Inasmuch, one of the primary goals DSC has is to ensure young aspiring veterans of the Canadian Forces take advantage of the outstanding opportunities the DSC program provides to both nations.
I have been fortunate to have been designated the first "Distinguished Scholar of Canada" from this superb program and will be playing an active part in the on-going growth and success of this program. Currently, I am in the 2011 Washington Scholars Fellowship Programs class working with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation on programs of mutual interest between the USA and Canada. My time thus far in DC, which has been about a month, has given me firsthand experience as to how the American capitol city works. As I mentioned to a colleague, if New York City is about money, Washington is certainly about ideas.
Working closely with WSFP and the AJJCF, I hope that I will be able to bring back lessons-learned, specifically from their super-functioning leadership and administrative team, led by Executive Director Fernando Cortes, that will help structure and promote the visionary plan of both Admiral Carey and LCol Perchal. The ultimate end-state is that our efforts will bring a collective good to both our countries for generations to come as Canadians come the USA to study, learn, and network, and as Americans do the same in Toronto and Ottawa. I look forward to telling you about our future endeavours and successes in future editions of this quarterly newsletter.
A Happy Canada Day and a Good 4th of July to all!
With warmest regards,
Fellow, Atlas Economic Resource Foundation
Washington Scholar, Class of Summer 2011
Distinguished Scholar of Canada, 2011
About the Editor
George Platsis has interdisciplinary training in the fields of: Business Administration, and, Disaster and Emergency Management. In addition to acting as the managing director of a private consultancy, Mr. Platsis currently serves as the Program Director for the Centre of Excellence in Security & Business Continuity at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, housed at the global top ten business school (The Economist, 2010), the Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto).