• December 7, 2017 Vancouver, BC

    Setting the Table for Asia Pacific Food Security: A Multi-Sectoral Dialogue

    This will be a multi-sectoral dialogue on the importance of food security in the Canada-Asia relationship. Our guest speakers Timothy Kendrick (President, BW Global), Gisèle Yasmeen (Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia), and Ishkandar Ahmed (CEO, Choices Markets) will offer evidence-based perspectives on the impact of innovation on food production, the role of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the agri-food sector and the challenges they face, as well as how Canadian retailers and consumers are affected by shifts in international food production and procurement.


    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2


    Thursday, December 7th, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM


    Please RSVP at no later than December 4, 2017

    For any questions, contact Mandy Ng at

  • November 28, 2017 Vancouver BC

    Journalism Under Attack: The Phenomenon of Fake News in the Philippines and Challenges of Accountability in the New Media

    Manny Mogato, a journalist with Reuters in the Philippines and this year's winner of the McLuhan Fellowship, will be presenting on the spread of fake news in the Philippines and how this undermines the news media's role. His discussion comes at a time when human rights and other fundamental freedoms in the Philippines are under the spotlight, and will explore what journalists should do to respond to the threats of fake news and the lack of accountability by purveyors of false information.


    APF Canada Vancouver
    900-675 West Hastings Street 
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2


    Tuesday November 28th, 2017 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm 


    Please RSVP at by Friday, November 24th, 2017

    For more information, contact Mandy Ng at 

  • November 22, 2017 Vancouver, BC

    Canada and International Trade: NAFTA and the TPP: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

    Donald Campbell is the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister's Personal Representive for G8 Summits (1997-2000), and Deputy Minister of International Trade (1989 - 1993) in the department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada).

    He will be providing his insights from the summit on the Asia Pacific Economic-Cooperation (APEC) 2017 meetings in Vietnam, exploring where the Trade Pacific Partnership (TPP) stands now that the U.S. has pulled out. He will also share some of his deep understanding of NAFTA, and how it intertwines with the TPP – and how Canada may ultimately benefit from the current crisis of fractured alliances and straned strategic relationships internationally.


    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2


    November 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


    The event is currently at capacity, but please refer to the Eventbrite link.

  • November 21, 2017 Vancouver BC

    Middle Power Diplomacy and the Role of Canada

    Join us for a roundtable discussion on middle power diplomacy and the role Canada can play. This event is hosted by Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, Australia, the Univeristy of British Columbia and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. 


    9:30 - 10:00 - Registration

    10:00 - 10:10 - Welcome Remarks                       

                            Gunn Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea 

                            Paul Evans, Acting Director of the Institute of Asian Research

    10:10 - 11:50 - Session: Can Middle Powers Save the World Order from Unravelling?

                            Moderator : Paul Evans, Professor, UBC

                            Panel :

                               –Berenice Diaz Ceballos, Consul General of Mexico

                               –Anil Bora Inan, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey

                               –Kyung Ae Park, Professor, UBC

                               –Brian Job, Professor, UBC

                               –Donald Campbell,  Senior Strategy Advisor, DLA Piper

                             Discussion Panel :

                               –Gunn Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea

                               –Afina Burhanuddin, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of  Indonesia

                               – Kevin Lamb, Honorary Consul of Australia

                             Wrap up : Eva Busza,  Vice President, Asia Pacific Foundation 

    12:00 - 13:30 - Luncheon


    Sage East, University of British Columbia
    6331 Crescent Road
    Vancouver BC
    V6T 1Z2


    Tuesday November 21, 2017 from 10am to 12pm 


    For more information and to RSVP, please email


  • November 10, 2017 Da Nang, Vietnam

    Technology and Innovation Training Session

    Part of APF Canada's APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership program, this training session will introduce relevant Canadian best practices on micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) business development in the area of technology and innovation to MSMEs in APEC developing economies, focusing on Vietnam. It will be held in Da Nang in the margins of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week and delivered in English and Vietnamese. 

    Please click here to sign up for our MSME project mailing list, and for more information and regular updates on the program.


    November 10, 2017

  • November 9, 2017 Vancouver, BC

    The ASEAN Dialogues: A Student-Focused Discussion

    Since its founding in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made some impressive achievements: it has doubled its membership from five countries to 10, now comprising a combined population of 625 million people; and, it has reached a level of cohesion and integration that is impressive in light of the economic, religious, cultural, and political diversity among its members.

    As the association celebrates its 50th anniversary, now is a good time to take stock of the important role it is playing in the region’s politics, economics, and security. It is also a good time to look ahead to challenges ASEAN is facing at the dawn of its next 50 years.

    To that end, the Asia Pacific Youth Council (APYC), an initiative of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, is organizing a three-part event series called “The ASEAN Dialogues.” The first dialogue, to be held on November 9, 2017, will focus on the following questions:

    1. What challenges is ASEAN facing, both internally and externally?
    2. What strengths does ASEAN have to deal with these challenges? What are its current shortcomings in dealing with these challenges?
    3. What should Canada – especially Canadian youth – be doing to make itself better informed and relevant to ASEAN’s next phase?

    The first dialogue will kick off with Dr. Paul Evans of UBC, an expert on ASEAN and Asian international relations; the Hon. Neil Frank Ferrer, current Philippine Consul General from the Philippines Consulate in Vancouver; and, Mr. Gordon Longmuir, a retired Canadian diplomat who served in multiple Asian countries. They will provide background and context to frame the discussion. (The Philippines has the ASEAN Chair in 2017). This will be followed by a discussion among participants.

    Students and young professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom 
    900-675 West Hastings Street 
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2 


    Thursday November 9, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


    Please RSVP to

  • October 31, 2017 Vancouver BC

    Invitation Only Lunch with Ambassador John McCallum

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in collaboration with AdvantageBC, is hosting a lunch with Canada's Ambassador to China, John McCallum. This is a closed-door roundtable discussion for British Columbia-based, China-focused industry leaders to discuss key issues and gain fresh insights in to China. 

    Invitation Only.


    For more information please email

  • October 26, 2017 Vancouver, BC

    Coordinating Performance in International Trade and Human Rights

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is co-hosting with the University of British Columbia (UBC) a roundtable to generate a discussion about policy implications of recent research results from UBC’s Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) Program.

    This is part of a series of research and knowledge mobilization activities, which includes a series of international consultations to share and receive feedback on the research findings and analysis. These consultations will provide opportunities to discuss results from UBC's seven-year policy research program on co-ordination of international treaty compliance in trade and human rights, and resulting policy implications. 

    Supported by the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the APDR project has brought together researchers from Canada, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Australia, and Israel to examine relationships between international trade policy and human rights performance.

    Following summary presentations on research results linking trade policy with human rights themes of development; poverty/inequality; health rights; labour relations; and, government accountability, participants will discuss policy implications and responses.

    By Invitation Only


    APF Canada Vancouver Boardroom
    900-675 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver BC
    V6B 1N2


    Thursday October 26th, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


    For any questions, contact Mandy Ng at

  • October 12, 2017 Vancouver BC

    Developing a Collaborative Approach to Exporting to China

    Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada co hosted with Federal-Provincial-Territoral Working Group on Clean Growth. 
    China represents unprecedented export opportunities for Canadian clean technology innovators. A great way to hear from federal officials and private sector representatives as they share their knowledge and experience regarding available resources, best practices and lessons learned that will help your stakeholders succeed. 

    Invitation Only 


    Sutton Hotel 
    845 Burrard Street 
    Vancouver BC
    V6Z 2K6


    Thursday October 12th, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 


    For more information, please email

  • October 5, 2017 Vancouver BC

    Building Bridges: Connecting Entrepreneurship in Asia and Vancouver

    As an aspiring young entrepeneur in Vancouver, why is it important to think about Asian markets? What are some of the lessons that we can learn from the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world?

    Already have an answer? Sell your idea in a 50-second elevator pitch competition and potentially win $100!

    At Building Bridges, the goal is to connect young university entrepreneurs with local government bodies, renowned Vancouver entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. We hope to share insight from experienced business leaders and their lessons learned from experiences in the dynamic economies of Asia.


    5:30pm - 5:45pm Registration
    5:45pm - 6:00pm Opening Remarks
    6:00pm - 6:20pm Ken Su (National Partner, China Business Network, PwC)
    6:20pm - 6:40pm Pascal Spothelfer (CEO, Genome BC)
    6:40pm - 7:15pm Pitch Competition (10s transition, 50s pitch)
    7:15pm - 7:30pm Judges Comments + Prize
    7:30pm - 7:45pm Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada + Cansbridge Info Session
    7:45pm - 8:30pm Q&A Panel
    8:30pm - 8:45pm Closing Remarks
    8:45pm - 9:30pm Open Floor Networking

    Judging Panel:

    William Yu (Founder, Cansbridge)
    Brent James (CEO, Aquila Diagnostic Systems Inc.)
    Maria Pacella (Sr. VP, Pender Fund)

    Q&A Panel:

    Nushrat Anjum (President, APF Youth Council)
    Tina Lum (CEO, Push Operations)
    + 2 More Coming!

    By invitation only. 


    Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
    Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre 2555
    149 W. Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4


    Thursday October 5th, 2017 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm 


    Please RSVP by filling out this form by no later than September 29th, 2017. 

    For any questions, please email



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