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Fernando Canales ClariondFernando Canales Clariond

Corporacion Finestra







Fernando Canales Clariond, was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in July 21, 1946. His wife is Mrs. Angela Stelzer de Canales and they have 2 daughters, Angela and Mariana; 2 sons, Fernando and Fransico; and 4 grandchildren.


  • Bachelor of Laws. (1969) Escuela Libre de Derecho.
  • Master Business Administration. (1971) Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
  • Specialization in Civilization and French. (1963) University of Sorbonne in Paris.
  • Specialization in Industrial Relations. (1972) Instituto de Altos Estudios en La Haya, Holanda.


Mr. Canales served as Grupo IMSA’s President. He was also the Managing Director of Corporativo Grupo IMSA, S.A. de C.V. He’s been member of the Board for several companies in United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. He also has been member of the Board of several financial institutions. Currently Mr. Canales is the Corporacion Finestra’s President.


  • President of the Chamber of Commerce of Nuevo Leon.
  • President of the Chamber of Commerce of Monterrey.
  • Vice-president of the National Confederation of the Chambers of Commerce in Mexico.
  • Business Council Member of Nuevo Leon.
  • Member of IMSS’s Assembly
  • Regional Advisor of INFONAVIT.
  • Bi-national commission Mexico – USA of the Ford Foundation.
  • Member of Movimiento de Promocion Rural, A.C.
  • Member of Consejo Coordinador Empresarial.


  • Member of the National Action Party (PAN) since 1978.
  • Member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the National Action Party (PAN) of Nuevo Leon.
  • President of the National Action Party (PAN) of Nuevo León.
  • Member of the National Executive Committee and Member of the National Board of the National Action Party (PAN).
  • Candidate for Federal Deputy in 1979.
  • Candidate for the Government of Nuevo Leon in 1985 y 1997.
  • Member of the Alternate Cabinet of Lic. Manuel J. Clouthier in 1988.
  • Representative of the National Action Party (PAN) before Federal,  Electoral, State and Municipal Organisms


  • Federal Deputy for the 1st District in the LI Congress of Nuevo Leon (1979 – 1981).
  • Constitutional Governor of Nuevo Leon (1997 – 2003).
  • Secretary of Economy of the Federal Government (2003 – 2005).
  • Secretary of Energy of the Federal Government (2005 – 2006) (By ministry of Law, President of the Board of PEMEX, C.F.E. and Luz y Fuerza del Centro).
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