Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Appoints Three Fellows: Isabelle Courville, Ito Peng and David Zweig

Vancouver, BC – October 31, 2013 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today announced three new appointments to Foundation’s roster of experts on Canada-Asia relations. Isabelle Courville, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada, has been appointed as Executive-in-Residence. The Foundation also appointed two Senior Fellows: Ito Peng, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and David Zweig, Chair Professor of Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Bringing a wide-range of experience and knowledge from the private and academic sectors, the newly appointed fellows will enhance the Foundation’s unique position as a knowledge source on Canada-Asia relations.

Isabelle Courville, an engineer and a lawyer, is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. Previously, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro‐Québec Distribution. Ms. Courville was also active for 20 years in the Canadian telecommunications business. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise Group and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Nordiq Group.

Ito Peng is the Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the School of Public Policy and Governance, at the University of Toronto. She teaches political sociology, comparative welfare states, and public policy, focusing on social policies in East Asia, Europe, and North America. She is the Principal Investigator of the international collaborative research project, Gender, Migration and the Work of Care, funded by SSHRC Partnership Grant, and the Director of Centre for Global Social Policy.

David Zweig is Chair Professor of Social Science, Associate Dean of the School for Humanities and Social Science (SHSS), and Director of the Center on Environment, Energy, and Resource Policy at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Zweig is also Associate Director of the South China International Talent Institute with the China Centre for Globalization since 2012. His research interests include Chinese politics and political economy, rural development in China, Sino-American relations, returnee scholars in China and East Asian international relations.

For full biographical information for all Senior Fellows and Executives-in-Residence, please click here: http://www.asiapacific.ca/about-us/senior-fellows-new

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada's transpacific relations. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca

For additional information, please contact:

Jillian Oliver
Communications Officer
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
(604) 630-1536
Jillian.oliver@asiapacific.ca

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