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Call for Applications:  Short-term Service Contract for Experts in Asian Business and Culture

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is seeking three experts in Asian business and related cultural practices on a service contract agreement to assist in developing content for a course entitled Asia Competence for Tech Professionals. The course will be delivered virtually, and participants will include recent STEM and business graduates and young professionals.

Project Background

APF Canada is a non-partisan national not-for-profit organization focused on building Canada's relations with Asia. Since 2013, we have been active in supporting the development of 'Asia competence' – the knowledge, skills, and experiences that help make individuals and organizations more effective in engaging with partners in and from Asia. The Asia Competence for Tech Professionals e-learning course is co-funded by the Digital Technology Supercluster and three corporate partners: Canfor, Mosaic Forest Management, and Teck Resources.

Project Description

The course will introduce participants to the cultural practices and other practical know-how needed to engage with selected Asian countries, using the natural resources and environmental technology sectors as the context for our case studies. The course's structure will be as follows:

  1. Self-paced e-learning modules: Approximately 12 ten-minute units on:
    • Understanding and engaging Asia
    • Navigating China as Asia's largest natural resources and clean technology market
    • Exploring South Korea as Asia's champion of green growth
    • Tapping Southeast Asia's biggest market, Indonesia
  2. Cultural awareness training: Simulations with which participants will practice what they have learned from the self-paced modules and refine their cross-cultural communication and negotiation skills.
  3. Virtual networking event: Participants connect with each other and invite stakeholders and businesspeople from the Canada China Business Council (CCBC), the Canada Korea Business Association (CKBA), the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), and others. (Contractors are welcome but not obligated to join this portion of the course.)

Approximately 100 individuals will participate in the course. Up to 30 will be from the project's corporate partners. The remaining participants will be drawn from aspiring young professionals and recent graduates and will include those from rural and Indigenous communities, women, and other underrepresented groups.

Scope of Work

The independent service contractor will be responsible for:

  • Advising APF Canada in developing three short self-paced e-learning units on their market of expertise will provide insights into the demographic, economic, and other factors that shape that market's business context and knowledge of culturally appropriate business practices for that country. ( 5 hours)
  • Developing a short business case/business scenario for use in live virtual cultural awareness training. The case/scenario (approx. 4-5 pages) will help participants apply cross-cultural knowledge they have learned in the course to a typical business situation or scenario in the contractor's country of expertise. Guidelines for developing the business case will be provided. The independent service contractor will be expected to join APF Canada and the other two contractors in a brainstorming session on how best to structure and focus the business cases/scenarios. ( 35 hours, including meeting times)
  • Facilitating a discussion with course participants of the business case during virtual cultural awareness training sessions. The independent service contractor will facilitate five 45-minute virtual discussions of their business case/scenario with groups of 20 participants. These sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place on three Saturdays in October: Oct. 15 (two trainings – one morning, one afternoon), 22 (two trainings – one morning, one afternoon), and 29 (one training – time TBC). ( 10 hours)

The application deadline is July 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline, as APF Canada will begin reviewing and contacting qualified applicants on a rolling basis.


  • We are seeking experts to assist us in developing content for one of the following markets: South Korea, China, or Indonesia. The ideal candidate will be familiar with those countries' natural resources and environmental technology sectors.
  • The independent service contractor will ideally have an advanced degree in international business and experience as an instructor.
  • The independent service contractor must be eligible to work in Canada. And as part of our legal obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and consistent with APF Canada's Vaccination Policy, requiring all staff, future staff, and service contractors to be dual-vaccinated. Such vaccination requirement is subject to APF Canada's duty to accommodate under applicable human rights legislation.

Start/End Dates

The total estimated time to complete the work is approximately 50 hours. This work will take place from July 2022-October 2022 and include the three items described in the Scope of Work.


The independent service contractor will receive a maximum contract price of C$6,000.00 to cover work hours and expenses involved in conducting brainstorming sessions with APF Canada; developing the modules and business cases; and delivering the virtual training. We estimate the total time for this work to be approximately 50-60 hours.

Application Procedures

Interested independent service contractors should submit and include the following documents as a one MERGED PDF file. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please click here to apply

  • One-page (maximum) cover letter;
  • Résumé detailing your relevant experiences and qualifications

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and early submission is encouraged. This posting will stay open until July 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline, as APF Canada will begin reviewing applications as they are received.

Please be sure to add to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

For questions, please get in touch with  Ms. Erin Williams at or Mr. Suryo Nugroho at

Call for Applications: Junior Research Scholar (JRS) - Northeast Asia / Appel à candidatures Apprenti chercheur-boursier (ACB) - Asie du Nord-Est 

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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 offers one full-time, eight-month term as a Junior Research Scholar (JRS) – Northeast Asia for applicants interested in Canada-Japan and/or Canada-Korea Relations as part of the Canada-Asia Sustainability Tracker (CAST), an exciting new project by the Foundation. CAST is an online, interactive platform for mapping and visualizing developments in the Asia Pacific with respect to specific nodes of Canadian engagement with the region. Focused principally on sustainability and ESG developments, CAST will provide sub-national level data and information on Asian affairs, Asia's two-way engagement with Canada, and related emerging trends.

The JRS will join APF Canada's research team and work directly with a Program Manager to develop the Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea) component of the CAST platform. The JRS will help explore sub-national level events in Northeast Asia, collect and analyze data pertinent to our understanding of sustainability and ESG developments in the jurisdictions, and provide context around the findings. The position requires the JRS to have an active interest in Northeast Asia, good research and writing skills, a penchant for investigating issues, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and work in a fast-paced environment. The JRS should also have Japanese and/or Korean language proficiency and the ability to provide an unbiased analysis of events. Willingness to offer and receive feedback is a beneficial asset.

The application deadline is Sunday, July 17, 2022 (at 11:59 p.m. PT). Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early submission is encouraged.

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Understanding and interest in Northeast Asian studies – politics, society, current affairs, international relations, security, environmental issues, and more;
  • Educational background in related fields such as Political Science, Political Economy, History, Geography, Asian Studies, or Mass Communications, with a demonstrated focus on Japan and/or South Korea;
  • Excellent demonstrated skills in conducting secondary research, literature review, and collecting and collating large datasets;
  • Excellent demonstrated written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Japanese and/or Korean;
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods will be considered an asset;
  • Strong teamwork and collaborative skills, ability to adapt, innovate, work in a fast-paced environment, and good interpersonal skills.

Junior Research Scholar Duties

The Junior Research Scholar will work under the direct supervision of a Program Manager and engage in the following activities:

  • Work with the Foundation's research team on collecting and analyzing information on Northeast Asia and Canada-Japan and South Korea relations;
  • Work with the Foundation's research team in collecting and analyzing sub-national level data on sustainability and ESG-related events and developments in Northeast Asia;
  • Actively collect, analyze, and write event summaries for the CAST tool;
  • Work with the research team to build datasets for CAST;
  • Contribute regularly to APF Canada's Asia Watch newsletter;
  • Provide support to various ongoing Engaging Asia research initiatives as needed;
  • Assist with other duties as assigned in support of APF Canada.

The Junior Research Scholar will ideally report out of Vancouver, BC, partly remotely and partly from APF Canada's head office in downtown Vancouver, Monday to Friday, during regular office hours for five days a week. In-office reporting expectations could vary due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will consider applicants from across Canada but expect that if successful, the applicant should be either amenable to moving to Vancouver, BC, or maintain office hours according to the Pacific timezone.


Applicants should be eligible to work in Canada and be either a student or have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program within the past 24 months of the application deadline of Sunday, July 17, 2022 (at 11:59 p.m. PT). And as part of our legal obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and consistent with our Vaccination Policy, APF Canada requires all staff and future staff to be dual vaccinated for in-office reporting. Such vaccination requirement is subject to the APF Canada's duty to accommodate under applicable human rights legislation.

Amount of Grant

The grantee's compensation is C$3,300.00 monthly.

Start/End Dates 

We hope to fill this position quickly and have someone start in the role in August until either December 31, 2022 or March 31, 2023 

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following documents MERGED in ONE single PDF file. Please click here to apply.  

  • Résumé detailing the applicant's academic background, skills, and professional experiences relevant to the job description.
  • One-page cover letter detailing the applicant's research interests, career interests, fit with the job requirements, and why they are interested in working at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
  • Sample of work reflecting research and writing skills. An original writing sample of 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.
  • Name, title, and contact information (email and phone number) for two academic or professional references. References will only be contacted if the applicant is short-listed for the role.
  • Optional: A copy of the applicant's university transcript(s)(scanned or electronic documents are sufficient).

Applications will be accepted in English. The application deadline is Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application once it is prepared.

For questions, please contact Dr. Scott Harrison at 

Please be sure to add to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. 


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Description de la bourse

La Fondation Asie Pacifique du Canada (FAP Canada) s’engage à encourager la formation de la prochaine génération de chercheurs et de professionnels spécialistes de l’Asie-Pacifique. À cet effet, elle offre un poste de huit mois à temps plein en tant qu’apprenti chercheur-boursier (ACB) - Asie du Nord-Est à tout candidat intéressé par les relations entre le Canada et le Japon ou entre le Canada et la Corée dans le cadre du Suivi de la durabilité Canada-Asie (CAST), un tout nouveau projet de la Fondation. CAST est une plateforme interactive en ligne servant à cartographier et à visualiser les développements en Asie Pacifique particulièrement marqués par une implication canadienne. Axé principalement sur la durabilité et les enjeux ESG, CAST produira des données et de l’information au niveau infranational sur les affaires asiatiques, sur l’implication bilatérale entre l’Asie et le Canada, et sur les tendances émergentes reliées.

L’ACB se joindra à l’équipe de recherche de la FAP Canada, travaillant de près avec un gestionnaire de programme dans la conception de la composante Asie du Nord-Est (Japon et Corée du Sud) de la plateforme CAST. L’ACB aidera à étudier les événements infranationaux en Asie du Nord-Est, à collecter et analyser des données pertinentes à notre compréhension de la durabilité et des enjeux ESG des juridictions, et à fournir le contexte des constatations. Ce poste exige un vif intérêt de l’ACB envers l’Asie du Nord-Est, de bonnes compétences de rédaction et de recherche, un penchant pour l’enquête sur les enjeux, de la curiosité, ainsi que la volonté d’apprendre et de travailler dans un environnement dynamique. L’ACB devrait également maîtriser le japonais ou le coréen et pouvoir fournir une analyse impartiale des événements. La volonté de fournir et de recevoir de la rétroaction est un atout.

La date limite pour poser sa candidature est le dimanche 17 juillet 2022 (à 23 h 59, HP). Les candidatures sont examinées de façon continue; nous vous suggérons de postuler tôt.

Les candidats retenus posséderont les qualifications suivantes:

  • Une bonne compréhension et un fort intérêt pour les études sur l’Asie du Nord-Est : politique, société, actualité, relations internationales, sécurité, enjeux environnementaux, etc.;
  • Une formation scolaire dans un domaine relié : science politique, économie politique, histoire, géographie, études asiatiques ou communications de masse, avec une spécialisation sur le Japon ou la Corée du Sud;
  • D’excellentes compétences de recherche secondaire, de revue de la littérature et de collecte de grands ensembles de données;
  • D’excellentes compétences éprouvées de communication écrite;
  • La maîtrise du japonais ou du coréen;
  • La connaissance des méthodes de recherche qualitative et quantitative, un atout;
  • De l’entregent, de bonnes compétences de travail d’équipe et de collaboration; la capacité à s’adapter, à innover et à travailler dans un environnement dynamique.

Tâches de l’apprenti chercheur-boursier

L’ACB travaillera sous la supervision directe d’un gestionnaire de programme et participera aux tâches suivantes :

  • Collaborer avec l’équipe de recherche de la Fondation à la collecte et à l’analyse de données sur les relations canado-japonaises et canado-coréennes;
  • Collaborer avec l’équipe de recherche de la Fondation à la collecte et à l’analyse de données infranationales sur la durabilité et les événements et enjeux liés aux facteurs ESG en Asie du Nord-Est;
  • Recueillir et analyser activement des données et rédiger des résumés d’événements pour l’outil CAST;
  • Collaborer avec l’équipe de recherche à la création d’ensembles de données pour l’outil CAST;
  • Contribuer régulièrement à l’infolettre Asia Watch de la FAP Canada;
  • Offrir du soutien aux projets de recherche Renforcer les liens avec l’Asie, au besoin;
  • Participer à d’autres tâches assignées au service de la FAP Canada.

L’apprenti chercheur-boursier travaillera idéalement à Vancouver (C.-B.), partiellement en télétravail et partiellement au siège social de la FAP Canada au centre-ville de Vancouver, du lundi au vendredi, durant les heures normales de bureau et cinq jours par semaine. Les attentes en matière de présence au bureau pourraient varier en raison des restrictions liées à la COVID-19. Nous prendrons également en considération les candidats de partout au Canada, mais le candidat retenu devra être en mesure de déménager à Vancouver ou de travailler selon les heures de bureau de l’heure du Pacifique.


Les candidats doivent être admissibles à travailler au Canada, être étudiants, ou avoir complété un programme de premier cycle universitaire ou des cycles supérieurs durant les 24 mois précédant la date limite de soumission des candidatures, le dimanche 17 juillet 2022 (23 h 59, HP). Et dans le cadre du Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) et de notre politique de vaccination, tout personnel de la FAP Canada doit avoir reçu au moins deux doses d’un vaccin contre la COVID-19 pour pouvoir se présenter en personne au bureau. Cette exigence en matière de vaccination est assujettie à l’obligation d’adaptation de la FAP Canada en vertu des lois en matière de droits de la personne.

Montant de la subvention

Le salaire mensuel du boursier est de $3,300.

Période couverte 

Nous espérons pourvoir ce poste rapidement afin que l’apprenti chercheur-boursier puisse commencer en août.  Le contrat s’étalera jusqu’à la fin décembre 2022 ou Mars 2023.

Processus de candidature

Les candidats doivent soumettre les documents suivants, FUSIONNÉS en UN seul fichier PDF. Pour postuler, cliquez ici

  • Un curriculum vitae mettant en évidence le parcours scolaire, les compétences et les expériences professionnelles pertinentes du candidat.
  • Une lettre de présentation d’une page mettant en évidence les intérêts de recherche, les intérêts de carrière, les concordances aux exigences du poste et l’intérêt du candidat à travailler pour la FAP Canada.
  • Un échantillon de travail mettant en évidence des compétences de recherche et de rédaction. Un document rédigé original d’un maximum de 10 pages à simple interligne en anglais (un hyperlien vers l’échantillon est acceptable); nous acceptons également tout article ou chapitre d’ouvrage publié par le candidat.
  • Nom, titre et coordonnées (adresse courriel et numéro de téléphone) de deux personnes de référence du milieu universitaire ou professionnel. Ces personnes ne seront contactées que si le candidat est présélectionné.
  • Facultatif : une copie du ou des relevés de notes universitaires du candidat (il peut s’agir de documents numérisés ou électroniques).

Les candidatures seront acceptées en anglais. La date limite pour poser sa candidature est le dimanche 17 juillet 2022 à 23 h 59, HP. Les candidatures sont examinées de façon continue, alors veuillez postuler aussitôt que votre candidature est préparée.

Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec Dr. Scott Harrison: 

Assurez-vous d’ajouter à votre liste de contacts afin d’assurer la réception de toutes nos correspondances.

Veuillez noter que seules les personnes dont la candidature aura été présélectionnée seront invitées à une entrevue.