Past Presidents

Marcela GuerraMarcela Guerra, 2014-2018

Ms. Guerra was elected President of ParlAmericas and President of the Mexican Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee for North America; Representative of Mexico for the North American sub-region and President of the Congress of the Union's delegation to ParlAmericas; and member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Ms. Guerra was a Member of the Chamber of Deputies for the Federal Legislature LXI (2009-2012); Member of the Chamber of Deputies for the Federal Legislature LIX (2003-2006); Member of the Chamber of Deputies for the Legislature of the state of Nuevo Leon LXIX (2000-2003); and President of Bienestar y Vida, A.C. (Wellbeing and Life), an organization dedicated to serving vulnerable groups (1998-2000). She was founder and advisor to Pacto Plural de Mujeres (Plural Pact for Women), 1998-2000, and general secretary of the National Confederation of Popular Organizations (CNOP) for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Nuevo Leon (2000-2003).


Randy HobackRandy Hoback, 2011-2014

Mr. Hoback was elected Chair of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas in March 2010. From February 2011 to September 2014, he served as President of ParlAmericas at the hemispheric level.

Over the years, he has worked closely with many farm organizations. This experience led him to Ottawa, where he served as a special advisor to the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Minister of the Canadian Wheat Board.

He was elected in 2008 as the Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Because of his experience with Trades and Agriculture, he has developed a very strong interest in Canada’s international trading partners. Particularly, he has a strong commitment to promoting dialogue and trade with Latin America. He believes that such partnerships are natural, given Canada’s responsibility to collaborate with neighbours in the Americas for a stronger and safer hemisphere. He currently sits on the Standing Committee of Agriculture and Agri-food, and is Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

He holds a business administration certificate through the University of Saskatchewan, and Chartered Director's designation (C. Dir.), which he completed through McMaster University’s Chartered Directors College.


Luiz Carlos HaulyLuiz Carlos Hauly, 2006-2011 

Mr. Hauly started his political career in 1972, when he was elected city councilor representing the now extinct Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB, as per its Portuguese acronym) in Cambé.

In 1982 he was elected Mayor of Cambé for the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB, as per its Portuguese acronym). Between 1987 and 1990, during the Álvaro Dias term of office, he was Secretary of Treasury to the Government of the State of Paraná.

He first became Federal Deputy in 1991, with his constituency being the city of Londrina. He was reelected in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. He ran for Mayor of Londrina in 1996, and again in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

He was elected President of ParlAmericas (then known as FIPA) in 2006. He was reelected for a two-year term in 2009. In 2011 he resigned to the presidency of ParlAmericas to once again become Secretary of Treasury to the Government of the State of Paraná, under Governor Beto Richa.


Céline Hervieux-PayetteCéline Hervieux-Payette, 2002-2006 

Ms. Hervieux-Payette was first elected in the 1979 election as a Liberal to the House of Commons of Canada.

In 1983, she was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport), and later served as Minister of State (Youth) from January to June 1984. She returned to the private sector from 1985 to 1994. In 1995, she returned to Parliament when she was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Jean Chrétien.

In 2002, upon the resignation of ParlAmericas’ (then known as FIPA) then president, she was elected president of the organization. She was reelected for a second 2-year mandate in 2004.

In 2007, she was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Senate, the first woman ever to hold this position.


Bill GrahamBill Graham, 2001-2002

Mr. Graham taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 1981 to 1993, when he was elected as a Liberal to the House of Commons of Canada.

In 2001, he was elected President of ParlAmericas (then known as FIPA). His resignation was accepted when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada in 2002. He was subsequently appointed Minister of National Defence in 2004 and Leader of the Opposition and interim Leader of the Liberal Party in 2006.

Mr. Graham retired from the House of Commons in 2007, the same year he was elected Chancellor of Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is also chair of the Atlantic Council of Canada and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is co-vice-chair of the Canadian International Council. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.