Anticipation Builds for CIAC as Heads Turn Toward Singapore

Next week, hundreds of participants will arrive in Singapore for the inaugural Canada-in-Asia Conference hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and Universities Canada from February 21-23.  

Expert speakers span multiple sectors

A signature event for Canada-connected individuals, businesses, and institutions across Asia, CIAC will bring together Asia-based alumni of Canadian universities, local Canadian business organizations, and key leaders from business, government, and academia in Canada and across Asia to kick-start a new phase of Canada-Asia engagement.

The list of speakers includes Canada’s international trade minister Mary Ng, Singapore’s second minister for education and foreign affairs Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman, Quebec’s minister of international relations and La Francophonie Martine Biron, Canadian Nobel Laureate Dr. Donna Strickland, global strategy advisor and bestselling author Parag Khanna, and the renowned international architect Moshe Safdie, among others.  

CIAC comes at crucial time for Canada-Asia relations

The conference comes at a key time for Canada-Asia relations. Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy stated that the region is “rapidly becoming the global centre of economic dynamism and strategic challenge” and that “every issue that matters to Canadians will be shaped by the relationships Canada and its allies and partners have with Indo-Pacific countries.” Select media organizations are also slated to attend the event. Although in its first year, CIAC promises to become the premier conference for Canada-connected leaders in Asia, with the next conference planned for 2025.

We hope to see you in Singapore. #CIAC2023