Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Announces Incoming President and CEO

VANCOUVER, BC – April 17, 2014 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today announced the appointment of Stewart Beck as its new President and CEO, effective August 15, following a world-wide search. Beck, Canada’s current High Commissioner to India, has been tapped to lead the Foundation into a new era following Yuen Pau Woo’s nine-year term at the helm of the organization.

Foundation Chairman John McArthur said, “We are pleased that a Canadian with deep Asian experience and of Stewart’s caliber and clear record of getting things done is joining us in the work of our Foundation.  We feel he has the experience, contacts, skill and energy to help us build the Foundation’s already significant body of accomplishments, knowledge and reputation, and the range of remarkable people who work together at the Foundation.”

A common theme in Beck’s career has been innovation. He opened Canada’s Trade Office in Silicon Valley in 1985 and returned to San Francisco in 2009 as Consul General where, demonstrating the entrepreneurial skill for which he has become known, he was instrumental in building the well-known support network for Canadian tech pioneers in Silicon Valley known as C100.

He has devoted the second half of his career to the Canada-Asia relationship with successively more senior assignments at the Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan, Consulate General in Shanghai and as Director General for North Asia at Headquarters. While in Ottawa, Beck was Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Innovation and Investment where he worked closely with the Canadian business, university, financial and innovation communities.

For the last four years, Beck has been High Commissioner to the Republic of India and the Ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan. During his tenure, the bilateral political and economic relationship with India has flourished, particularly in the areas of food and energy security, education and infrastructure development. The Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognized his hard work by recently presenting him with the President’s Award, an award “traditionally bestowed upon a person of eminence and whose achievements are extraordinary”. 

Beck said, “I am very excited about this new challenge. I believe it will bring together all my work over many years in business, academic study and the public sector on issues affecting the Canada-Asia relationship. My wife and I are looking forward to picking up our Canadian connections again after our time abroad.”

“We want to thank Pau for his devotion to the Foundation over the past 19 years,” John McArthur added. “Under Pau’s remarkable and creative leadership, the Foundation has become internationally recognized as an authority on trans-Pacific relations and as a source of trusted advice on Asian affairs for governments, business and civil society. One of the signature initiatives he led – the National Conversation on Asia – has raised the level of engagement on Asia among industry and government leaders across the country.  The Foundation today is stronger, more active and respected, and better funded, than it has ever been.”

Yuen Pau Woo’s term as CEO of APF Canada will end in August 2014, when he reaches the statutory limit for that position.  He will work with Beck to ensure a smooth transition.

The APF Board conducted an international search with the assistance of a leading executive recruitment firm and considered many highly-qualified candidates for the position.

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About APF Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada was founded by Parliament in 1984, as an independent think tank and a centre for Canadians committed to developing the Canada-Asia relationships in business, cultural exchange, government, the academy, and all Canadians.

For thirty years, the Foundation has produced research and convened action-oriented meetings on key issues, and has served as a champion for stronger economic, cultural and political relations with the fast growing countries of Asia. APF Canada has served for a generation as a centre of expert counsel and strategic advice to a succession of Canadian governments and businesses, and their leaders.

For more information please contact:

Jillian Oliver
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Telephone: 604-630-1536
Email: jillian.oliver@asiapacific.ca

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