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Vancouver Art Gallery Launches Institute of Asian Art

The Vancouver Art Gallery announced the launch of the Institute of Asian Art, which will expand and further develop the Gallery's exhibitions, public programs, and permanent collections dedicated to the visual arts of Asia, with particular focus on China, India, Japan and Korea. The Gallery has created an endowed senior curatorial position for Asian art and will form an international advisory council to help support the Institute's diverse range of programs. The Gallery also plans to dedicate permanent space in its new building to Asian art.

Information summarized from:  Vancouver Art Gallery Press Release

South Korean Ambassador to Speak to CORIM on Free Trade Agreement

The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada, H.E. Cho Hee-yong, will speak to the Le Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM) on November 13th. The speech will address the recent Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement and the prospects for strengthened economic relations between the two countries. For more information about registering for the event, click here:

Information summarized from:  Le Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal website

MDA Expands Business in China

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a communications company based in Richmond, BC, announced it has signed two contracts with EarthSTAR Inc., a subsidiary of EarthView Image Inc., a Chinese company. The first contract is a multi-year extension of RADARSAT-2 distribution rights. Under the second contract, MDA will provide a ground station able to receive and process data from the RADARSAT-2 satellite. The total value of the deals is approximately C$10 million.

Information summarized from:  MDA Ltd. Press Release

Focus Signs Joint Venture Agreement with South Korea’s Daewoo

Focus Ventures Ltd., a Vancouver-based mining company, signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Daewoo International Corporation, whereby Daewoo International can earn a 65% interest in Focus's Aurora copper project in Peru. Daewoo International, a subsidiary of POSCO, is a South Korean trading and investment company.

Information summarized from:  Focus Ventures Ltd. News Release

University of Calgary, Kerui Group Establish Energy Research and Training Site in China

The University of Calgary has partnered with a Chinese oil and gas company to establish a collaborative energy research, education and training site in Beijing. The Beijing Site is part of the University of Calgary's new Global Research Initiative for Unconventional Oil and Gas. This initiative aims to establish at least three world-leading research, education, and training centres focused on unconventional hydrocarbon resources, including a Calgary centre and others in key energy locations around the world.

Information summarized from:  University of Calgary Press Release