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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - Volunteer Toronto Asia Pacific Youth Council (TAPYC) 

About TAPYC

The Toronto Asia Pacific Youth Council (TAPYC), an initiative of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), collaborates with Canadian students and young professionals committed to raising awareness among Canadian youth about Asia and its importance to Canada.  TAPYC is currently seeking several new members to join the council for an annual volunteer term.   

About APF 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 aims to strengthen 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.

TAPYC is the counter-part of Vancouver Asia Pacific Youth Council (VAPYC).

Who Can Apply / Eligibility

  • Open to Canadian post-graduate students and Young Professionals with a keen interest in building partnerships and hosting events with leaders in academia, business, and beyond.
  • You must be a Canadian student or a Young Professions with a committed interest in contributing to the discussion on Canada – Asia relations by showcasing innovative research by students and young professionals.

Responsibilities

  • The council member is on a volunteer basis with an approximate 1 year term. 
  • In-charge of planning and delivering signature events and initiatives that engage post-secondary students and young professionals in the Greater Toronto Area.  
  • Participate in all recurring youth council meetings (usually monthly) and any extra meetings necessary to complete the project/event.

Previous TAPYC activities include:

"Have your Say" - Two-Part Podcast Series released in November 2020

The two episodes currently in this audio series focus on international students' stories and experiences and describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has personally impacted them. The series highlights issues affecting Asian students in Canada and Canadian students in Asia and features such topics as housing, immigration, health care, online coursework, family life, technology, and other issues impacting youth and young professionals on both sides of the Pacific.

"City Building and Civics: Toronto's Asian Heritage"  - with Olivia Chow and Dr. Erica Allen-Kim, May 15, 2019.

This event, held in May in honour of Asian Heritage Month, celebrated and discussed the contributions of Asian communities to Toronto's culture, built environment, and economy through the lens of city-building and civic engagement.  It particularly explored the future of the downtown Toronto Chinatown, examining how the area has evolved, withstood gentrification pressures, and who the neighbourhood will serve going forward. This event was held with support from the University of Toronto's School of Cities. 

"Toronto & Asia: Smart Cities & Human-Centred Design" - December 10, 2018

This event was TAPYC's inaugural engagement. It featured a multi-disciplinary group of speakers discussing issues related to smart city development in Toronto and Asia to share perspectives on urban growth pressures. Speakers addressed why designing for the human experience is critical for city building, especially as new and emerging technologies are increasingly applied to solve urban issues.  Guest speakers included representation from the University of Toronto's School of Cities, Urban Strategies Inc., Accenture Inc., the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, ThinkFresh Group, and the City of Toronto. Accenture Inc provided sponsorship.

Application Instructions:  submit your application in ONE pdf file:

Applications should include the following:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills and relevant experiences;
  • One-page cover letter detailing the applicant's interest in volunteering at the Foundation and highlighting the skills you would contribute to TAPYC's mission;
  • Name, title and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references.

The application deadline is EXTENDED to Sunday, January 31, 2021 (at midnight PT).  Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged.

Please click here to apply

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Junior Research Scholar, Perspectives Asia

Scholarship Description

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering one full-time, fixed-term six-month contract as a Junior Research Scholar for applicants interested in learning more about public opinion and data analysis relevant to Canada-Asia Relations.

Join the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Perspectives Asia team (Surveys and Polling). The Perspectives Asia team is a central part of the Foundation’s research unit. It is tasked with researching and analyzing people’s viewpoints and opinions on various issues and topics of interest for Canada-Asia relations. As a part of the Perspectives Asia team, you will help explore and understand public opinions that form an important segment of the government’s decision making process and provide actionable policy advice that benefits Canada-Asia relations and helps Canada grow. As a data specialist, you will be responsible for working in conjunction with the Perspectives Asia team in developing applications and programs to mine publicly available data from social media sites and other web sites to generate intelligence around public opinion on various topics of interest from around the world. Using web scraping and data mining processes, you will support the team to analyze public opinion that is captured within the complex web of the Internet.

The Perspectives Asia team is a small group of experienced researchers who collaborate and support the various research projects that the Foundation undertakes, including the Foundation’s flagship National Opinion Poll. The team consists of individuals with expertise in various research methods (surveys, content analysis, textual analysis, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, cyberethnography), data analysis and data management skills, and finally, knowledge of Canada-Asia relations. An interest in working in a very fast-paced work environment that demands collaborative work to deliver timely reports and public-facing presentations will be highly desirable. Willingness to offer and receive feedback is a beneficial asset.

The application deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged.

Major Responsibilities

The Junior Research Scholar will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, Perspectives Asia. The JRS will be expected to collaborate and support Perspectives Asia’s pillars work and will engage in the following activities:

  • Work with the Foundation’s research team on collecting and analyzing data on public perspectives on Canada-Asia relations;
  • Provide support to various ongoing Perspectives Asia research initiatives, such as the National Opinion Poll, social media analysis of public opinion;
  • Contribute regularly to the Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Prepare analytical reports and briefing materials on issues related to public opinion and perspectives stemming from original research conducted at the Foundation;
  • Support the Program Manager, Perspectives Asia, to develop the direction and focus of projects using the methods of web scraping and data mining;
  • Work with the Perspectives Asia Team and the Foundation’s Development Team to foster funding and research partnerships to support research projects and associated deliverables.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications

  • Excellent demonstrated skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Basic understanding and an interest in public opinion research. Experience in conducting public opinion research work will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of big data analysis, including text mining and topic modeling.
  • Web scraping unstructured data with Python (or other programming languages); gathering and processing the data into a form suitable for analysis (including social media data).
  • Build the infrastructure required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources.
  • Knowledge in statistical analysis and packages such as R, Stata, SPSS or Python to conduct data analysis.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong teamwork and collaborative skills, ability to adapt, innovate, work in a fast-paced work environment, and good interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Canada-Asia relations, public policy issues related to the Asia Pacific region, or Asian languages will be considered a plus.

Eligibility

Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada. The successful applicant will ideally work out of Vancouver, BC, partly remotely and partly from APF Canada’s head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm). Please note, on-site work expectations will vary due to COVID-19.

Amount of Grant

The amount of the grant will be $18,000 and will be payable in four installments.

Start/End Dates 

The position will run from approximately February 15, 2021, to August 15, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following in ONE single PDF file:

  • Résumé detailing the applicant’s academic background, skills, and professional experiences relevant to the job description.
  • One to a two-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests, career interests, and why they are interested in working at the Foundation.
  • An original writing sample no more than 10 pages, single-spaced in English (a functioning URL link to a sample is also acceptable); alternatively, a published journal article or book chapter authored by the applicant will also be accepted.
  • Sample work reflecting web scraping and analytical skills (a URL link is also acceptable).
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references. References will only be contacted for short-listed applicants.
  • Applications will be accepted in English only.  
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Optional: a copy of the applicant’s university transcript(s) (scanned or electronic documents are sufficient).

The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application once it is prepared.

Click here to apply. 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Junior/Senior Researcher – International Trade

Job Description

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and practitioners. To this end, it is offering a full-time, fixed-term nine-month contract as a Junior/Senior Researcher in International Trade (humanities, social sciences, commerce) to join the Research team and help on various international trade-related projects.

The application deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application once it is prepared.

Major Responsibilities

The Junior/Senior Research Assistant will work under the mentorship of the Program Manager, Business Asia, and the pillar's Project Specialist, Trade, and will engage in the following activities:

  • Working with the APF Canada's research team in researching Canada-Asia trade relations;
  • Provide analysis on trade flows and the impact of the CPTPP on Vietnamese SMEs;
  • Contributing to the Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Provide additional research support as needed;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings, consultations, etc.; and
  • Assisting with other trade-related work such as data visualization platforms and research reports.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications

  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills;
  • Experience in research related statistics gathering and analysis, specifically international trade flow data;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (including strong MS Excel skills);
  • Demonstrated interest in economics and international relations;
  • Ability to conduct research, produce analytical reports and briefs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Knowledge of Canada-Asia relations and public policy issues related to the Asia Pacific region is desirable;
  • Knowledge of Vietnamese is a plus.

Eligibility

Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada. The successful applicant will ideally work out of Vancouver, BC, partly remotely and partly from APF Canada's head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm). Please note, on-site work expectations will vary due to COVID-19.

Start/End Dates 

The position will run from approximately February 15, 2021, to September 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following in ONE single PDF file:

  • One-page Cover Letter addressed to Pauline Stern, Program Manager, Business Asia detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests, and goals, how they hope to benefit from the position, and why they are interested in working in the thematic area specified in the call for applications;
  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills, and professional experiences;
  • A writing sample no more than 10 pages single spaced in English;
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) of Two academic or professional references. References will only be contacted for short-listed applicants.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are accepted in English and French. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31, 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application once it is prepared.

Please click here to apply

Call for Applications: Post-Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2021-2022

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC Canada) is committed to fostering the next generation of Asia Pacific researchers and analysts. To this end, it offers up to four one-year Post-Graduate Research Scholarships (PGRS). Successful applicants will have a background in Asia-related research in Asian studies, political science, economics, history, business, international relations, or related humanities or social science programs. The selection of candidates will be based on abilities, skills, academic excellence, and fit with the Foundation’s research priorities.

Successful applicants will work out of Vancouver, BC, partly remotely and partly from APF Canada's head office in downtown Vancouver during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm). Please note, on-site work expectations may vary due to COVID-19. PGRS will divide their time between conducting research and participating in the Foundation’s day-to-day activities, including:

  • Supporting with general research needs;
  • Contributing to the composition and distribution of the Asia Watch news service;
  • Providing assistance in organizing events such as roundtables, conferences, and meetings, both virtually or in-person if and when the situation allows; and,
  • Participating in and contributing to APF Canada Research Group meetings, as well as other meetings and activities in the Canadian and Asian policy communities.

Each selected PGRS will work closely with a Program Manager responsible for one of APF Canada’s main research pillars listed below, providing research assistance and conducting original research under the Program Manager’s supervision.

  • Business Asia: Research under this pillar centers on two-way trade and investment between Canada and Asia with a focus on strategies and priorities put forward by the federal government, as well as the events unfolding in the region affecting Canada’s trade diversification efforts. It can involve managing statistics and large databases of trade and investment.
  • Perspectives Asia: Research projects under this pillar focus on Canadian perceptions of Asia, such as APF Canada’s National Opinion Polls, and Asian perceptions of Canada. Methods used include surveys, interviews, focus groups, among others, and requires knowledge of statistical analysis and/or qualitative coding of raw data.
  • Digital Asia: Research under this pillar explores how technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (e.g. AI, IoT, robotics) and its governance impact Canada's current and future engagement with the Asia Pacific.
  • Engaging Asia: As Asia’s importance varies significantly across Canada and impacts a variety of societal groups – municipal and provincial governments, as well as Indigenous peoples – research under this pillar studies the various sub-national engagement strategies with Asia, such as but not limited to, twinning, trade missions, business, and policies. 
  • Education: We believe that Asia competence—the knowledge, skills, and experiences required for effective engagement with Asia—is the foundation of a strong and thriving Canada-Asia relationship. Research and projects under this pillar aim at better understanding the specific competencies needed by Canadians at various stages of their education and career advancement

Duration

Scholarships are for one year. They normally begin in August/September, although the Foundation will consider earlier or later start dates on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have graduated from a Master’s or doctoral program within 18 months of the application (as defined by the date of program completion) are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted in English and/or French. Please send applications here.  Applications should include (and merged in one pdf file):

  • A resume/CV detailing the applicant’s academic background;
  • A cover letter outlining the applicant’s overall suitability for the role, as well as his/her research interest and potential contribution to one of APF Canada research pillars;
  • A copy of the applicant’s university transcript(s) (scanned or electronic documents are sufficient).
  • A writing sample (published or unpublished); and

Two Letter of Recommendation (in a signed PDF format sent from the referee’s institution e.g. university email address.  Email letter of recommendation to jobs@asiapacific.ca with a subject heading « Letter of Recommendation for Name of Applicant - PGRS »

Compensation

Scholarships are C$42,000 for Master’s graduates or C$45,000 for Ph.D. graduates. Selected candidates are eligible for a $1,000 relocation allowance if coming from outside of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

The application deadline is Sunday, February 28, 2021. The Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For additional questions, please contact:

Charles Labrecque

900- 675 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 1N2

Tel: 604-630-1549

Email: charles.labrecque@asiapacific.ca


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Appel de candidatures : Programme de bourses de recherche postuniversitaire 2021-2022

La Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada (la Fondation) tient à encourager la formation de la prochaine génération de chercheurs et d’analystes spécialistes de l’Asie Pacifique. À cette fin, elle accorde jusqu’à quatre bourses de recherche postuniversitaire (BRP) d’une durée d’un an. Les candidats retenus devront avoir une expérience de recherche sur l’Asie dans le cadre d’un programme d’études asiatiques, de sciences politiques, d’économie, d’histoire, de commerce, de relations internationales ou, encore, de sciences humaines ou sociales connexes. La sélection des candidats s’effectuera en fonction des aptitudes, de l’excellence universitaire et de l’adéquation avec les priorités de recherche de la Fondation.

Les candidats retenus travailleront au siège social de la Fondation situé au centre-ville de Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique pendant les heures de bureau habituelles (du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 17 h). Veuillez noter que les attentes relatives au travail réalisé sur place peuvent varier, selon la COVID-19. Les titulaires des bourses de recherche postuniversitaire (TBRP) partageront leur temps entre la recherche et la participation aux activités quotidiennes de la Fondation, notamment :

  • appuyer les besoins généraux en matière de recherche;
  • contribuer à composer et à diffuser le fil de presse Asia Watch;
  • donner un coup de main lors de l’organisation d’événements comme des tables rondes, des conférences et des réunions, tant en ligne qu’en personne, lorsque la situation le permet;
  • participer activement aux réunions du groupe de recherche de la Fondation, ainsi qu’à d’autres rencontres et activités au sein des communautés responsables de l’élaboration des politiques canadiennes et asiatiques.

Chaque détenteur de BRP retenu travaillera en étroite collaboration avec un gestionnaire de programme responsable de l’un des principaux piliers de recherche de la Fondation énumérés ci-dessous, prêtant son concours aux projets de recherche de la Fondation et menant des recherches originales, sous la supervision de ce gestionnaire de programme.

  • Affaires en Asie : Les recherches relevant de ce pilier portent sur le commerce et les investissements bilatéraux entre le Canada et l’Asie, en mettant l’accent sur les stratégies et les priorités mises de l’avant par le gouvernement fédéral, ainsi que sur les événements qui se déroulent dans la région et qui ont une incidence sur les efforts de diversification commerciale du Canada. Cela peut comprendre la gestion de statistiques et de grandes bases de données sur le commerce et l’investissement.
  • Perspectives sur l’Asie : Les recherches relevant de ce pilier s’intéressent aux perceptions des Canadiens sur l’Asie, comme les sondages d’opinion nationaux de la Fondation, et sur les perceptions des Asiatiques au sujet du Canada. Les méthodes utilisées comprennent des enquêtes, des entrevues, des groupes de discussion, entre autres, et nécessitent des connaissances en analyse statistique et/ou en codage qualitatif de données brutes.
  • L’Asie numérique : Les recherches relevant de ce pilier explorent la manière dont les technologies de la quatrième révolution industrielle (par exemple, l’intelligence artificielle [IA], l’Internet des objets [IO], la robotique) et sa gouvernance ont une incidence sur l’engagement actuel et futur du Canada dans la région de l’Asie-Pacifique.
  • Renforcer les liens avec l’Asie : Comme l’importance de l’Asie varie considérablement d’une région à l’autre du Canada et qu’elle touche divers groupes de la société — les administrations municipales, les gouvernements provinciaux et les peuples autochtones —, les recherches relevant de ce pilier étudient les diverses stratégies d’engagement infranationales avec l’Asie, comme le jumelage, les missions commerciales, les entreprises et les politiques, sans que cela soit limitatif. 
  • Études : Nous croyons que la compétence sur l’Asie - les connaissances, l’expérience et les savoir-faire requis pour un engagement efficace avec l’Asie - est le fondement d’une relation Canada-Asie solide et prospère. Les recherches et les projets menés dans le cadre de ce pilier visent à mieux comprendre les compétences spécifiques dont les Canadiens ont besoin à différents stades de leur éducation et de leur carrière.

Durée

Les bourses sont d’une durée d’un an. Elles commencent habituellement en août ou en septembre, bien que la Fondation puisse envisager des dates de début antérieures ou ultérieures, au cas par cas.

Admissibilité

Les citoyens canadiens et les résidents permanents ayant obtenu une maîtrise ou un doctorat dans les 18 mois précédant leur candidature (selon la date de remise du diplôme) peuvent présenter leur candidature.

Processus de présentation d’une candidature

Les candidatures sont acceptées en anglais et en français. Veuillez envoyer les candidatures ici.  Les candidatures devraient comprendre ce qui suit (dans un seul fichier) :

  • un curriculum vitæ décrivant le parcours universitaire du candidat;
  • une lettre de présentation décrivant l’aptitude générale du candidat pour le poste, ainsi que son intérêt pour la recherche et sa contribution potentielle à l’un des piliers de recherche de la Foundation;
  • une copie du ou des relevés de notes universitaires du candidat (les numérisations et documents électroniques sont acceptés);
  • un échantillon de rédaction (publié ou non);

Deux lettres de recommandation (en format PDF signé) envoyées par l’établissement du signataire, par exemple l’adresse électronique de l’université. Envoyer la lettre de recommandation par courriel, à : jobs@asiapacific.ca,  en indiquant « Lettre de recommandation pour Nom du candidat - TBRP dans l’objet.

Rémunération

Les bourses d’études s’élèvent à 42 000 $ CA pour les détenteurs d’une maîtrise et à 45 000 $ CA pour les détenteurs d’un doctorat. Les candidats sélectionnés ont droit à une allocation de déménagement de 1 000 $ s’ils viennent de l’extérieur de la vallée du bas Fraser de la Colombie-Britannique.

La date limite de présentation des demandes est le dimanche 28 février 2021. Nous remercions tous les candidats de leur intérêt, mais nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes présélectionnées.

Si vous avez d’autres questions, veuillez communiquer avec :

Charles Labrecque

675, rue Hastings Ouest, bureau no 900 Vancouver (C.-B.) V6B 1N2

Tél. : 604-630-1549

Courriel : charles.labrecque@asiapacific.ca