Forum for Discussion
Disseminating knowledge and raising public awareness through roundtables, panel discussions and speaking engagements.
The Foundation organizes roundtables, workshops and panel discussions on contemporary Canada-Asia topics which focus on foreign relations, trade and investment, business and public policy concerns. Speakers and panelists featured at these events are well-regarded industry practitioners, senior government officials and researchers who speak with authority regarding ground-level developments in their field.
The majority of events are held at the Foundation’s offices in Vancouver but similar events are regularly hosted with Foundation partners in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada staff including the Foundation’s President, research directors and Senior Fellows, also travel within Canada and abroad to deliver presentations and speeches on contemporary issues.
Research and Analysis
Promoting informed discussion on Canada-Asia relations through research reports, publications and opinion editorials.
Research reports, publications and opinion editorials are one of the Foundation’s key outputs. They range from in-depth policy analysis to unique statistical reports and surveys written or coordinated by the Foundation’s research staff and partners. They are publicly available resources that can be accessed at no-cost through our website at www.asiapacific.ca/subscribe. To view our publications please click here.
Special Research Projects
Identifying and filling knowledge gaps on issues affecting Canada-Asia Relations.
As the only think-tank in Canada focused on expanding and deepening Canada-Asia relations, the Foundation’s foremost mission is to identify knowledge and information gaps related to government and industry decision-making on Asia. Its subsequent priority is to lead policy research projects and studies to inform the public debate.
To this end the Foundation has engaged in a number of long-term special projects with national and international partners. Projects include the National Conversation on Asia, Canada China Human Capital Dialogue, Canadians Abroad and Asia Pacific Gateway.
Track Two Diplomacy
Supporting government-to-government processes to encourage and pave the way for new strategic developments.
The Foundation organizes and coordinates Track Two events in Canada. Recent examples include the annual Canada-Korea Forum and US-Canada-Japan Trilateral Cooperation Conference series, both held in the fall of 2009. The Foundation also regularly welcomes Canadian officials and foreign dignitaries for candid off-the-record roundtable discussions. Similarly, Foundation staff participates in exchanges across Asia to share a Canadian perspective of Asia.
Grants and Fellowship Programs
Providing new-generation researchers and journalists with the opportunity to engage in policy research and media coverage of Asia.
The Foundation supports Canadian policy research on Asia through its grants program. The competitive grants program offers financial support to researchers and industry practitioners who are studying an issue of contemporary policy relevance to the Canada-Asia relationship. Areas of research include science and technology policies, Asian regionalism, bilateral relations, and two-way investment and security frameworks.
The Foundation also welcomes three recent Masters or PhD graduates to work and conduct research in Vancouver as Post-Graduate Research Fellows for a term of one year. Media fellowships are also offered to Canadian journalists to travel to Asia to cover specific stories and to conduct some outreach on the topic upon their return to Canada. For more information on the grants program please click here.