Ralph Lutes Appointed to ABAC Canada Team

The Government of Canada announced September 8, 2017, the appointment of Ralph J. Lutes, Vice President, Asia, for Teck Resources Limited, to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Mr. Lutes will play a key role in representing the interests of the Canadian business community throughout the Asia Pacific region. ABAC provides a crucial interface between Canadian business leaders and their counterparts from APEC member economies, enabling dialogue on issues related to trade and economic co-operation.

Mr. Lutes joins fellow Canadian Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, and an ABAC Canada Member since 2014.


The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) held its third meeting for 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto 24-28 July 2017 in preparation for its high-level debriefing with APEC leaders in Vietnam 4-7 November 2017.

ABAC is a private-sector body comprising 21 member economies. It discusses trade and economic co-operation issues in the Asia Pacific, advises APEC officials on business sector priorities and concerns, and presents annual recommendations to APEC leaders. ABAC’s members include CEOs, presidents, and senior officials of leading corporations from the Asia Pacific. Canada’s ABAC Member representative is Ms. Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal.

Click here to read the official press statement from the ABAC meeting in Toronto. 

2017 ABAC Meetings

ABAC I 2017 – February 19-23 2017 – Bangkok, Thailand

ABAC II 2017 – April 26-29 2017 – Seoul, South Korea

ABAC III 2017 – July 24-28 2017 – Toronto, Canada

ABAC IV 2017 – November 2017 – Da Nang, Vietnam

Current Members

ABAC Canada Member 2014 – Present, Co-Chair Connectivity Working Group 2016
ABAC Canada Member 2017-2020

ABAC Press Releases

Toronto, July 2017 - APEC Must be a Beacon of Openness, Inclusivity and Innovation

Lima, November 2016 - ABAC to Urge APEC Leaders to Ensure Everyone Benefits from Economic Integration

Shenzhen, August 2016 - Asia-Pacific Business Leaders: "Open Trade and Investment and Structural Reform are Keys to Quality Growth"

Port Moresby, April 2016- ABAC Urges APEC to Prioritize Structural Reform to Maintain Economic Growth Momentum

San Francisco, February 2016 - ABAC to Encourage Digital Revolution in the APEC Region for MSMEs Development

Former Members

Peter Barnes, Censiomax Inc., ABAC Canada Member 2007-2010

Gordon W. Chu, Vancouver International Airport Authority, ABAC Canada Member 2003-2006

Isabelle Courville, Laurentian Bank of Canada, ABAC Canada Member 2009-2013

Jeff Dowle, HSBC Bank, ABAC Canada Member 2007-2009

Paul Gobeil, Metro Inc., ABAC Canada Member 1996-1998

Terry Hui, Concord Pacific Group Inc., ABAC Canada Member 1996-1997

V. Paul Lee, Vanedge Capital Partners, ABAC Canada Member 2010-2014

Philip Leong, Scotia Capital, ABAC Canada Member 2012-2016

Andrina Lever, Lever Enterprises, ABAC Canada Member 1998-2006

Pierre Lortie, Dentons Canada, ABAC Canada Member 1999-2005

John Macdonald, formerly Day4 Energy Inc., ABAC Canada Member 1998-2003

Nguyen Huu Trung, Caisse Centrale Desjardins, ABAC Canada Member 2005-2007

Timothy Reid, ReMan Canada Inc., ABAC Canada Member 1996

Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc., ABAC Canada Member 1996-1997

Deborah Close, Descartes Systems Group, ABAC Canada Member 2014-2017

Past Alternate Members:

Robert Greenhilll, Bombardier International, ABAC Canada Member 2003-2004

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