“From the Russian Revolution to
the Cuban Revolution:
The Question of Leadership & Implementing the Socialist Project & Where We Are Today!” 

OCTOBER 27-29, 2017  

600 Campbell Ave.

This event will take place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and the Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) Coast Salish Nations.


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<<< FRIDAY OCTOBER 27, 2017 >>> 



Russian Hall - 600 Campbell Ave.

** Concert & Fundraiser for Reconstruction Efforts in Cuba after the Devastating Hurricane Irma **

Featuring the Legendary Cuban Musician:
Gerardo Alfonso’s music is a beautiful mix, rich in influence from many musical genres from across the Caribbean. Gerardo masterfully weaves these sounds with his urban and popular roots, while never abandoning his trova spirit! For this, Gerardo Alfonso has become one of the most unique singers and songwriters in Cuba and Latin America. Don’t miss a great chance to see this incredible performer! Join us for an amazing evening! The last two times Gerardo Alfonso has been in Vancouver it was standing room only!

Join us for a special evening of song and celebration!

>> The concert will be free, but a suggested donation of $10 is recommended going towards The Canadian Network on Cuba’s Hurricane Relief and Reconstruction Fund after the devastating Hurricane Irma. 

To enjoy some of Gerardo Alfonso’s music before the concert:

Gerardo Alfonso - Havana Concert to welcome home Cuban 5 Heroes Rene and Fernando

Gerardo Alfonso – Performs in Vancouver

<<< SATURDAY & SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 & 29, 2017>>

Russian Hall - 600 Campbell Ave.
** Two days of Speakers, Workshops, Film, Art Displays, Discussion & Revolutionary politics! **

>>> Featuring Guest Speakers: 

Chief of Mission, Consul General of the Cuban Consulate in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Havana’s School of Foreign Languages and completed her post-graduate studies at the Institute of Foreign Affairs in Havana. She has been working for Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) for 17 years, including posts in Mexico, Argentina, and now Canada.

Vice-President of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and a member of the Cuban National Assembly. He was also President of the Hemanos Saiz Association, Cuba’s organization of young artists.

 MR. WILFREDO J. PEREZ BIANCO * Caracas, Venezuela
Chief of Mission, Consul General of the Venezuelan Consulate in Vancouver. He graduated from the Central University of Venezuela with a degree in journalism in 1992, and received his doctorate in Information Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1998. He has been working for Foreign Affairs for 7 years in the Venezuelan Ministry of Popular Power, and held various positions in public administration institutions in Venezuela between 1999 and 2017, such as the Venezuelan Foreign Trade Bank, the Superintendence of Tax Administration and Customs, the Superintendence of Banks, as well as other financial institutions. He joined the student struggle from an early age and stands firmly in the defense of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Born in Guanabacoa, Cuba on November 1, 1958, Gerardo was musically inclined from a young age, and by his teenage years he was performing his first compositions. In 1980, he joined the Nueva Trova Cubana Movement, which was made up of young and talented musicians who were especially interested in the development of socially engaged lyrics. He regularly gives talks and workshops on music and its social and political contexts. 

HELEN YAFFE * London, England
An Economic History Fellow at the London School of Economics. Helen is author of "Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She has worked on a variety of newspapers and publications and has presented papers at conferences and seminars around the world. Helen will be joining us via videoconference from London. 

ARNOLD AUGUST * Montreal, Canada 
Author of many articles and books including: "Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections" (Editorial José Martí, 1999), "Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion" (Fernwood Publishing/Zed Books, 2013), "Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond" (Fernwood, 2017). An accomplished journalist, he contributes articles in English, Spanish and French to news and research sites in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Latin America and Europe. Since 1997, he has spent extended periods in Cuba pursuing his intensive investigations.

ISAAC SANEY * Nova Scotia, Canada
Professor at Dalhousie and Saint Mary's Universities. He holds a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of Cuban and southern African history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, "Cuba: A Revolution in Motion" (London: Zed Books, 2004). He is also a co-chair of the Canadian Network on Cuba.

HENRY HELLER * Winnipeg, Canada
Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. Marxist Scholar. Author of numerous books, including the Cold War and the New Imperialism (Monthly Review, 2006); The Birth of Capitalism, a 21st Century Perspective (Fernwood, 2011) and The Bourgeois Revolution in France 1789-1815 (Berghan, 2009).

Cindy Domingo is Chair of US Women and Cuba Collaboration and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee.  Both organizations focus on building  as strong US women's movement dedicated to ending the US blockade against Cuba and to create mutually beneficial US-Cuba relations.  Cindy is an independent scholar and writer and is co-editor of the newly published book, "A Time To Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) and the northwest correspondent for

Latina Lesbian Feminist J. Moon (Luna) Vázquez, is on the national steering committee of the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, co founder of the Cuba/US Lesbian and Allies project. She is a member of the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Cuba Bolivarian Alliance Committee. Since 2001 Moon has lead numerous women’s delegations to Cuba, so they can see for themselves the advancements of the reality of Cuban women since the revolution, building bridges and understanding across borders.  


WENDY HOLM * Bowen Island, Canada 

Professor of UBC’s International Field Studies in Sustainable Agriculture (Cuba), agrologist, economist, author, award winning journalist, and sustainability expert. Wendy is also the organizer of the Canada-Cuba Farmer to Farmer Project.

 CHIEF BOB CHAMBERLIN * Vancouver, Canada
Vice-President Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Elected Chief Councilor Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations.

EAGLE EYES * Vancouver, Canada
Chief and Indigenous elder of Shíshálh (Sechelt). Longtime activist and organizer against Site C Dam, Bill C-51 and many other social justice campaigns.

KELLY WHITE * Vancouver, Canada
Coast Salish elder, teacher, broadcaster, andlongtime activist.

 ALI YEREVANI * Vancouver, Canada
Political Editor of the Fire This Time Newspaper. Participant in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. 

TAMARA HANSEN * Vancouver, Canada
 Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba. Author of "5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership" (Battle of Ideas Press, 2010). 

AZZA ROJBI  * Vancouver, Canada 
Tunisian social justice, LGBTQ+ activist & coordinator of Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. blockade - Vancouver.



*Conference Program in English & Spanish*

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Since the triumph of Cuba’s 1959 revolution to today, the vision and political ideas that shape the Cuban revolution remain a source of inspiration, discussion and debate around the world. Through the ideas of Fidel, Che, the Cuban socialist project, and the dynamics of the mass revolutionary movement, and especially the concept of Revolutionary Internationalism, Cuba has become a country renowned for its achievements in health, education, culture, science and many other aspects of social and human progress. The Cuban socialist project and the Cuban revolutionary leadership, despite 50 years of an inhuman and criminal blockade by consecutive US administrations, have never wavered to imperialist pressure.

The International Che Guevara Conference is an opportunity to discuss and debate the ideas of the Cuban revolution, its dynamism and how it has impacted Latin America and the world.

The First International Che Conference in 2008 was on the theme “Che Guevara, Thinker and Fighter: Are His Ideas Relevant for the 21st Century?” Every Vancouver international Che Guevara Conference since has discussed and debated a wide variety of topics including: “50 Years of Dynamism of the Cuban Revolution,” “Cuba & Revolutionary Internationalism,” “Cuba Today - The Gains & Challenges,” “Cuba’s Reforms: Capitalism or Socialism,” and “Cuba: a Socialist Project in Progress.” Each conference has featured amazing guest speakers from Cuba, Venezuela, the U.S. and Canada.

In October 2017 the 7th International Che Guevara Conference will take place on two historic anniversaries: 50 years after the assassination of Ernesto Che Guevara and 100 years since the Russian Revolution. The conference will honour these events with the title, “From the Russian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution: the question of leadership, implementing the socialist project & where we are today.” The conference will feature many prominent guests from Cuba, Venezuela, England, the U.S. & Canada. 

Organized by:


(Member of the Canadian Network on Cuba – CNC) | 778-882-5223 

Twitter: @VanCuba_VCSC