The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada serves as the secretariat for Canada's ABAC members, providing research, analysis, and administrative support. This private sector body presents recommendations to APEC Leaders in an annual dialogue and advises APEC officials on business sector priorities and concerns. ABAC meets four times per year, and ABAC representatives also attend Senior Officials' Meetings, the Annual Ministerial Meeting, and the sectoral Ministerial Meetings.
Ralph Lutes Appointed to ABAC Canada Team
The Government of Canada announced September 8, 2017, the appointment of Ralph J. Lutes, Vice President, Asia, for Teck Resources Limited, to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Mr. Lutes will play a key role in representing the interests of the Canadian business community throughout the Asia Pacific region. ABAC provides a crucial interface between Canadian business leaders and their counterparts from APEC member economies, enabling dialogue on issues related to trade and economic co-operation.
Mr. Lutes joins fellow Canadian Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, and an ABAC Canada Member since 2014.
2018 ABAC Meetings
ABAC I 2018 – February 1-14 2018 – Auckland, New Zealand
ABAC II 2018 – April 16-19 2018 – Tokyo, Japan
ABAC III 2018 – July 23-26 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ABAC IV 2018 – November 13-15 2018 – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
ABAC III 2017
The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) held its third meeting for 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto 24-28 July 2017 in preparation for its high-level debriefing with APEC leaders in Vietnam 4-7 November 2017.
ABAC is a private-sector body comprising 21 member economies. It discusses trade and economic co-operation issues in the Asia Pacific, advises APEC officials on business sector priorities and concerns, and presents annual recommendations to APEC leaders. ABAC’s members include CEOs, presidents, and senior officials of leading corporations from the Asia Pacific. Canada’s ABAC Member representative is Ms. Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal.
Click here to read the official press statement from the ABAC meeting in Toronto.