Research Reports

An occasional series presenting research results on areas of Canada’s involvement with Asia undertaken by Canadian and international scholars.
This booklet illustrates how Asia matters for Canada through a series of infographics. Whether this is reflected in Canada’s merchandise exports, services trade, inward and outward investment, immigration, or inbound tourism, Asia‘s importance has been increasing across Canada. This publication is the first from The Asia Factor, a new APF Canada project dedicated to the study of each Canadian...
March 25, 2014
Although many of Canada’s leaders and high-profile reports have emphasized the importance of international education to Canada’s future, action to date has been modest and sporadic. On the ‘inbound’ side, which focuses on attracting students from other countries to study in Canada, we face intensifying competition. International students are highly coveted for their financial contributions to the...
March 19, 2014
The Canada-Korea Forum is a high-level, Track II dialogue on current important issues to both countries. The meeting alternates each year between Korea and Canada. This year, which also marked five decades of official relations between the two countries, Canada hosted the Forum in Ottawa. The 2013 Forum gave participants the opportunity to reflect on the factors that have sustained the bilateral...
March 05, 2014
In this special edition of Research Reports, we look ahead to the major trends that will re-shape the Asia-Pacific region in the next ten to fifteen years. These short briefs analyze emerging trends in areas such as e-commerce, financial architecture, regional security, urbanization and green urban growth, and climate change. The briefs discuss the potential impact of these trends on Asia, and...
March 04, 2014
A recent influx of Asian investment is changing the character of the Canadian oil and gas industry and reviving old debates on the regulation of foreign investment. Particular attention has been placed on investment by state-owned enterprises (SOEs), driven in part by public suspicion about investment from China, which has been the largest source of SOE capital flows to Canada. Recent amendments...
February 18, 2014
This report provides commentary and analysis on the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee, a recent high-level convening of the Chinese Communist Party’s top officials. As the author notes, at first, the Plenum appeared to be anything but historic in terms of spelling out official policy for the coming ten years. But President Xi Jinping’s subsequently released “Explanatory Notes,” revealed...
December 19, 2013
This report provides recommendations for how Canadian government, education and private sector can work to improve the Asia competence of Canada's citizens. As Asia continues to rise in terms of global prominence, experience, expertise and education the region is of critical importance to Canadians. The report assesses what is being done to grow Asia competence in Canada, where it is falling...
November 04, 2013
This report explores the factors that influenced a group of Canada Research Chair holders from China to choose to work in Canadian universities. The research sheds light on the forces that impact global flows of talent and knowledge. The findings suggest that Canadian universities are attractive to Chinese scholars due to a combination of Canada's prevailing collectivist and multicultural...
October 24, 2013
This report provides a series of recommendations aimed at achieving a balanced approach to supporting Canada’s foreign policy goals in Asia, including enhancing our economic prosperity, while also effectively promoting human rights. It offers advice to increase information and education of Canadians concerning human rights conditions in Asia, as well as recommendations for government, business...
September 25, 2013
The Canada-Asia 2013 Conference took place in Vancouver, BC on June 3-5, 2013, with the theme of Navigating Asia's Future, Charting Canada's Strategy. The Conference was organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and held in conjunction with the 21st General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The Conference brought together over 500 leaders from across Canada and the...
August 28, 2013

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