Annette Hester, MA (Econ.), works in association with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, the Canadian International Council, the Centre d'études interaméricaines at Université Laval and is a Senior Associate with the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, D.C. She was also the founding director of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary. She has extensive experience as a consultant, acting as a liaison while developing international market strategies for leading oil, gas and energy companies in North and South America. She has co-edited a volume on the energy integration in the Western Hemisphere and is the author of numerous articles on oil and gas trade relations and regulatory environments in Canada and Latin America published in Oil and Gas Journal, Estey Journal and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. She frequently contributes to newspapers including the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, and the Calgary Herald.