Board of Directors

Miguel R. Sánchez

BiophotoDr. Miguel Sánchez is a Professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina, where he teaches courses on the Practice Of Social Work, Social Welfare, Social Work with victims of abuse and Social Work with multicultural groups.

He has written and published numerous essays and articles in specialized magazines, and has conducted research in the field of social policy, family violence, child poverty and the effects of the physical and psychological torture on prisoners.

In 2005, he received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal Award for his work in promoting Peace and Human Rights.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Research Institute (LARI).

Hermes H. Benitez

BiophotoHermes H. Benítez is a Chilean rooted in Edmonton, Canada, for over 40 years, where he completed his studies in Philosophy and Philosophy of Education at the University of Alberta, working thereafter as a Sessional Professor in the Faculty of Education and the University of Manitoba.

Together with an extensive list of political and philosophical articles and essays, he has published two books dedicated to the life, struggles and death of the Chilean President dethroned in 1973 by a military Coup backed by Richard Nixon: Las Muertes de Salvador Allende in 2006 (The Deaths of Salvador Allende), and Pensando a Allende in 2013 (Thinking on Allende). On the field of History of Science, Benitez has also published other two books entitled: Essays on Science and Religion, and Einstein and Religion.

He is one of the co-founders members of the Latin American Research Institute.

Rolando H. Vergara

 BiophotoRolando Hugo Vergara, is a Computer Instructor and Information Technology professional with EmployAbilities, a not for profit and charitable organization dedicated to providing specialized services to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. He teaches computer courses to participants enrolled in the Restart Your Career Program funded by the Alberta Government.

Rolando began his teaching career in Chile where he attained a Bachelor Degree in Education from the Catholic University of Chile. He worked as an Elementary Teacher for the Public Education System. Later he went to studied journalism at the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Concepcion from which he was expelled in 1973 after the September 11 military coup.

He was a political prisoner of the military dictatorship and exiled from the country in 1977 and he was admitted by Canada as a political refugee along with his family.

In Canada, he obtained a Diploma in Information Technologies and Computer Systems at Grant MacEwan University. He adds on to his teaching experience, over 15 years of work in the field of Information Technology.

He is the author of the book entitled Alboradas y Tormentas: Cuentos de Dos Epocas (Dawns and Storms, Tales of Two Epochs, 2010), published by RIL editors, in Santiago, Chile. Also, he has been editor and contributor of various community newspapers and magazines such as Entrelineas, La Opinión, El Latino, Alternativa Latinoamericana, Latin American Connections, and PiensaChile digital news.

He has also published short stories in books and journals. One of his short stories entitled “The List” was short listed in a National Literary Competition and published in the book Anthology of Hispanic Canadian Literature, Cosmic Printing (1987).

He is a founding member of the Latin American Research Institute (LARI).