Events

Upcoming Events

The Foundation hosts events throughout the year to support research and dialogue. Guests speakers from a variety of industries and backgrounds join in brownbag events with staff and the public through roundtable events to share their expertise around a specific topic. External meetings and conferences take place across the country and range from small, invite-only meetings to large, public conferences.

  • August 15, 2019 Vancouver, BC

    August 15: Canada-China Business Dialogue 2019: Challenges, Collaboration, and Continuity

    Where

    SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
    580 W Hastings St.
    Vancouver BC V6B 5K3

    When

    Thursday August 15 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

    Contact

    Please email events@asiapacific.ca for more information.

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is co-organizing the second annual Canada-China Forum with the School of Economics at Fudan University (FDU) following the successful inauguration of the Forum in 2018.

    This year’s Forum will focus on how Canadian and Chinese companies can work together and continue business in the context of the ongoing trade dispute. The Forum will feature keynote speeches by Professor Jun Zhang, Dean of the School of Economics, FDU, and the Hon. James Moore (invited), former Minister of Industry Canada, followed by a panel discussion with business leaders and experts.

    The Forum will be co-hosted by Fudan University Alumni Association of Vancouver and Alumni Representative Office in Vancouver; School of Econmics, FDU; and, supported by Simon Fraser University.

    Confirmed Speakers/Moderators: 

    • Wade Larson, Founder and Executive Vice-President, Business Development, URTHECAST CORP
    • Dr. Jeff Reeves, Vice-President of Research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
    • Wei Shao, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
    • Her Excellency, Madame Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of PRC in Vancouver
    • The Hon. Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group of the Federal Government of Canada
    • Prof. Jun Zhang, Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University
    • Iris Zhao, Vice-President of Fudan University Alumni Association of Vancouver and CEO of A2Z Capital

    By Invitation Only

    Add to Calendar 08/15/2019 13:00 08/15/2019 17:30 America/Vancouver August 15: Canada-China Business Dialogue 2019: Challenges, Collaboration, and Continuity

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is co-organizing the second annual Canada-China Forum with the School of Economics at Fudan University (FDU) following the successful inauguration of the Forum in 2018.

    This year’s Forum will focus on how Canadian and Chinese companies can work together and continue business in the context of the ongoing trade dispute. The Forum will feature keynote speeches by Professor Jun Zhang, Dean of the School of Economics, FDU, and the Hon. James Moore (invited), former Minister of Industry Canada, followed by a panel discussion with business leaders and experts.

    The Forum will be co-hosted by Fudan University Alumni Association of Vancouver and Alumni Representative Office in Vancouver; School of Econmics, FDU; and, supported by Simon Fraser University.

    Confirmed Speakers/Moderators: 

    • Wade Larson, Founder and Executive Vice-President, Business Development, URTHECAST CORP
    • Dr. Jeff Reeves, Vice-President of Research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
    • Wei Shao, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
    • Her Excellency, Madame Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of PRC in Vancouver
    • The Hon. Senator Yuen Pau Woo, Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group of the Federal Government of Canada
    • Prof. Jun Zhang, Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University
    • Iris Zhao, Vice-President of Fudan University Alumni Association of Vancouver and CEO of A2Z Capital

    By Invitation Only

    Where:

    SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
    580 W Hastings St.
    Vancouver BC V6B 5K3

    When:

    Thursday August 15 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

    Contact:

    Please email events@asiapacific.ca for more information.

    SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
    580 W Hastings St.
    Vancouver BC V6B 5K3

    Please email events@asiapacific.ca for more information.

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  • August 24, 2019 Toronto, ON

    August 24: Gala Dinner Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Relations

    Where

    Royal Ontario Museum
    100 Queens Park
    Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

    When

    Saturday August 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

    Contact

    Christine Nakamura Christine.Nakamura@asiapacific.ca 416-597-8040 x 203
    or
    Asami Okusawa Asami@japansocietycanada.com 416-366-4196

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and The Japan Society are pleased to co-present a Gala Dinner on Saturday, August 24, 2019, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, the 35th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the 30th anniversary of The Japan Society. The Gala will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum.

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado will be our distinguished guest and will give the evening’s keynote address. The evening will also feature special performances by Grammy-nominated pianist Makoto Ozone and Juno-nominated jazz vocalist Dione Taylor.

    Makoto Ozone and Dione Taylor

    Further, the Order of Rising Sun will be presented to Ben Ciprietti, President of The Japan Society, for his service to Canada-Japan relations.

    Proceeds from the Gala Dinner will support the Royal Ontario Museum's work on Japanese Art & Culture, including programming for the Prince Takamado Gallery, and Japan Festival Canada 2019.

    TABLE PURCHASE OPTIONS

    Platinum Table $5000.00
    • One (1) guest invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for one (1) corporate table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution

    Gold Table $3000.00
    • Seating for one (1) corporate table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution

    INDIVIDUAL TICKET PURCHASE OPTIONS

    Early Bird Individual Ticket – with VIP RECEPTION $450.00
    • Ticket holder invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased by 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Regular Individual Ticket – with VIP RECEPTION $500.00
    • Ticket holder invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased after 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Early Bird Individual Ticket $275.00
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased by 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Regular Individual Ticket $325.00
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased after 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Contact:
    Christine Nakamura: Christine.Nakamura@asiapacific.ca (416) 597 8040 x 203
    Payment accepted by Visa, Mastercard and cheque (preferred).


    Distinguished Guest
    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Hisako Takamado was born in Tokyo and studied at Sacred Heart Girls’ School. When her father was posted to the U.S.A. and to the U.K., the family moved to these countries. She is a graduate of Cambridge University where her subjects were Chinese Studies, Archaeology and Anthropology. She married His Imperial Highness Prince Norihito in 1984 and they were blessed with three daughters. She is the Honorary Patron or President of many organisations including BirdLife International, the International Kyudo Federation and the Japan Football Association. Her hobbies are painting, birdwatching, photography, tennis and kyudo. She is the author of three children’s books including “Lulie the Iceberg” (Kodansha International), “Have Netsuke Will Travel” (Kodansha), a collection of bird photographs “Yori-Dori, Mi-Dori” amongst others.

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado continues to maintain the strong connection to Canada established by HIH the late Prince Takamado, who attended Queen’s University from 1978 to 1981. Their third daughter, Mrs. Ayako Moriya (who renounced her imperial status after marrying a commoner), studied abroad at Camosun College and the University of British Columbia from 2013-2015.

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s first diplomatic legation in Japan in 1929, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has invited Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado to embark on a six-city tour of Canada in August, visiting institutions, organizations and community groups that have worked to strengthen bonds between Canada and Japan, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada-Japan relations, and commemorating 90 years of friendship and cooperation. HIH Princess Takamado will visit Toronto, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.


    Proceeds will benefit:

    Japanese Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is home to Canada’s largest collection of Japanese art and culture, with over 10,000 objects and works of art, some of which are on view in the country’s only gallery dedicated to Japanese art and culture, the Prince Takamado Gallery. The collections and the gallery are overseen by Canada’s first curator who is solely in charge of Japanese art and culture. Your support will enhance a reinvigorated program of Japan at the Museum.

    Japan Festival CANADA 2019, the largest Japanese Cultural Festival in North America, will proudly return to Mississauga Celebration Square on August 24-25, bringing Japanese food, culture and technologies to Canada and to the world. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Canadian diplomatic legation in Japan; and Japan Festival CANADA 2019 is celebrating the further establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan by commemorating this special milestone together with a large crowd of attendees.

    Presented by:
    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada’s relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada’s catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.

    The Japan Society is a national organization of corporations, professional firms, organizations, societies, associations, academic institutions, government departments and individuals which is focused on:
    • Enabling Canadian and Japanese business executives, professionals, academic leaders and government representatives to meet on a regular basis to discuss matters of mutual and collective interest;
    • Furthering strong and viable economic relations between Canada and Japan;
    • Enabling Members to acquire greater cultural understanding and the ability to establish long-lasting relationships; and
    • Supporting business, educational and cultural exchanges.

     

     

    Add to Calendar 08/24/2019 18:30 08/24/2019 21:30 America/Vancouver August 24: Gala Dinner Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Relations

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and The Japan Society are pleased to co-present a Gala Dinner on Saturday, August 24, 2019, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, the 35th anniversary of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the 30th anniversary of The Japan Society. The Gala will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum.

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado will be our distinguished guest and will give the evening’s keynote address. The evening will also feature special performances by Grammy-nominated pianist Makoto Ozone and Juno-nominated jazz vocalist Dione Taylor.

    Makoto Ozone and Dione Taylor

    Further, the Order of Rising Sun will be presented to Ben Ciprietti, President of The Japan Society, for his service to Canada-Japan relations.

    Proceeds from the Gala Dinner will support the Royal Ontario Museum's work on Japanese Art & Culture, including programming for the Prince Takamado Gallery, and Japan Festival Canada 2019.

    TABLE PURCHASE OPTIONS

    Platinum Table $5000.00
    • One (1) guest invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for one (1) corporate table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution

    Gold Table $3000.00
    • Seating for one (1) corporate table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution

    INDIVIDUAL TICKET PURCHASE OPTIONS

    Early Bird Individual Ticket – with VIP RECEPTION $450.00
    • Ticket holder invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased by 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Regular Individual Ticket – with VIP RECEPTION $500.00
    • Ticket holder invited to the VIP pre-reception with HIH Princess Takamado
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased after 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Early Bird Individual Ticket $275.00
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased by 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Regular Individual Ticket $325.00
    • Seating for ticket holder at a table of 10 guests
    • Tax receipt for the maximum allowable contribution
    • Ticket purchased after 5:00pm ET on July 31

    Contact:
    Christine Nakamura: Christine.Nakamura@asiapacific.ca (416) 597 8040 x 203
    Payment accepted by Visa, Mastercard and cheque (preferred).


    Distinguished Guest
    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Hisako Takamado was born in Tokyo and studied at Sacred Heart Girls’ School. When her father was posted to the U.S.A. and to the U.K., the family moved to these countries. She is a graduate of Cambridge University where her subjects were Chinese Studies, Archaeology and Anthropology. She married His Imperial Highness Prince Norihito in 1984 and they were blessed with three daughters. She is the Honorary Patron or President of many organisations including BirdLife International, the International Kyudo Federation and the Japan Football Association. Her hobbies are painting, birdwatching, photography, tennis and kyudo. She is the author of three children’s books including “Lulie the Iceberg” (Kodansha International), “Have Netsuke Will Travel” (Kodansha), a collection of bird photographs “Yori-Dori, Mi-Dori” amongst others.

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado continues to maintain the strong connection to Canada established by HIH the late Prince Takamado, who attended Queen’s University from 1978 to 1981. Their third daughter, Mrs. Ayako Moriya (who renounced her imperial status after marrying a commoner), studied abroad at Camosun College and the University of British Columbia from 2013-2015.

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s first diplomatic legation in Japan in 1929, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has invited Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado to embark on a six-city tour of Canada in August, visiting institutions, organizations and community groups that have worked to strengthen bonds between Canada and Japan, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada-Japan relations, and commemorating 90 years of friendship and cooperation. HIH Princess Takamado will visit Toronto, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.


    Proceeds will benefit:

    Japanese Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is home to Canada’s largest collection of Japanese art and culture, with over 10,000 objects and works of art, some of which are on view in the country’s only gallery dedicated to Japanese art and culture, the Prince Takamado Gallery. The collections and the gallery are overseen by Canada’s first curator who is solely in charge of Japanese art and culture. Your support will enhance a reinvigorated program of Japan at the Museum.

    Japan Festival CANADA 2019, the largest Japanese Cultural Festival in North America, will proudly return to Mississauga Celebration Square on August 24-25, bringing Japanese food, culture and technologies to Canada and to the world. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Canadian diplomatic legation in Japan; and Japan Festival CANADA 2019 is celebrating the further establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan by commemorating this special milestone together with a large crowd of attendees.

    Presented by:
    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada’s relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada’s catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada. APF Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.

    The Japan Society is a national organization of corporations, professional firms, organizations, societies, associations, academic institutions, government departments and individuals which is focused on:
    • Enabling Canadian and Japanese business executives, professionals, academic leaders and government representatives to meet on a regular basis to discuss matters of mutual and collective interest;
    • Furthering strong and viable economic relations between Canada and Japan;
    • Enabling Members to acquire greater cultural understanding and the ability to establish long-lasting relationships; and
    • Supporting business, educational and cultural exchanges.

     

     

    Where:

    Royal Ontario Museum
    100 Queens Park
    Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

    When:

    Saturday August 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

    Contact:

    Christine Nakamura Christine.Nakamura@asiapacific.ca 416-597-8040 x 203
    or
    Asami Okusawa Asami@japansocietycanada.com 416-366-4196

    Royal Ontario Museum
    100 Queens Park
    Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

    Christine Nakamura Christine.Nakamura@asiapacific.ca 416-597-8040 x 203
    or
    Asami Okusawa Asami@japansocietycanada.com 416-366-4196

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Recent Events

  • June 20, 2019 Vancouver, BC

    June 20: Canada and Pakistan Today: Culture, Commerce, and Co-operation in the Canada-Pakistan Relationship

    Where

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

    When

    Thursday June 20 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Contact

    For more information, please email events@asiapacific.ca

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is hosting a roundtable discussion with Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, H.E. Ms. Wendy Gilmour. Ms. Gilmour will lead a discussion on the evolving bilateral relationship shared by Canada and Pakistan.

    By Invitation Only

  • June 14, 2019 Toronto, ON

    June 14: Doing Business in Japan

    Where

    Bennett Jones LLP
    First Canadian Place
    3400-100 King Street West
    Toronto, ON
    M5X 1A4

    When

    Friday June 14, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

    Contact

    Please contact info@owit-toronto.ca or visit OWIT Toronto for more information.

    Join the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Toronto) for a breakfast meeting on June 14 about doing business in Japan, featuring the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Takako Ito, and Christine Nakamura, Vice-President, Toronto, with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

    You'll learn about opportunities for Canadian companies in Japan, the recent trade mission for women entrepreneurs to Japan, and upcoming trade missions. 

    About Takako Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto

    Ms. Takako Ito is the first female Consul-General of Japan in Toronto. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan in 1985. Her overseas postings included Embassies in Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Mission of Japan to the UN in New York, and the Mission of Japan to ASEAN as Deputy Chief of Mission. At home, she served in many capacities, covering economic partnership negotiations, human rights, transnational crimes, development assistance policy planning, and the international press. Before arriving in Toronto, Ms. Ito was Assistant Chief of Protocol of MOFA, as well as Master of Ceremonies at Imperial Household Agency. She graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo and has a master's degree in International Affairs from Carleton University. 

    About Christine Nakamura, Vice-President, Toronto, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

    From 1976 to 2011, Ms. Christine Nakamura served in various capacities with the Canadian government, including at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Department of Justice and, most recently, the Department of Foreign Affiars, Trade and Development. She has served overseas in Japan and Korea and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in East Asian Studies. She is a board member of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Foundation in Toronto and a member of the Advisory Council (Canada) for the Prince Takamado Japan Canada Memorial Fund.

  • June 12, 2019 Vancouver BC

    June 12: 2019 National Opinion Poll: Canadian Views on High-Tech Investment From Asia

    Where

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

    When

    Wednesday June 12, 2019 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Contact

    For more information, please email events@asiapacific.ca

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada invites you to the launch of its 2019 National Opinion Poll: Canadian Views on High-Tech Investment from Asia on June 12, 2019 in Vancouver.

    As the U.S.-China tech war and the global Huawei crisis continue, Canada finds itself at a crossroads of how to harness the vast potential of Asian investment in Canadian technology while safeguarding national security and Canadian values.

    Our 2019 National Opinion Poll (NOP) provides a nuanced understanding of the public sentiment toward Asian investment in Canada’s high-tech sector, a core economic driver of tomorrow. The NOP highlights the driving forces of an overall skepticism as well as room and opportunities for further engagement with Asia in this critical sector.

    PRESENTATION AND Q&A SESSION FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION

    with APF Canada’s Surveys and Polling Team

    BY INVITATION ONLY

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