The John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship

The John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship is an initiative established by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to honour John H. McArthur, an exemplary Canadian, world-renowned business educator and former Chair of the APF Canada Board of Directors. Dr. McArthur, who passed away August 20, 2019, was a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, an Officer of the Order of Canada and Dean Emeritus at Harvard Business School.

Supported by the creation of a $2-million fund and a growing number of generous donors, the Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to an accomplished Asia Pacific thought leader from business or academia who will conduct actionable research and elevate the work of the Foundation.

Support the John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship

The recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship will make a significant contribution to APF Canada and global development through: policy-focused research, speaking engagements and workshops, published opinion pieces, and networking among experts and specialists on Canada-Asia relations.

The APF Canada executive in consultation with the John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship Selection Committee and the APF Canada Board will determine the selection of successful candidates. We invite you to support us in this historic initiative commemorating the remarkable legacy of John H. McArthur.

For more information or to contribute to this endeavour, please contact Lauren Chang, Development Manager, at 604-630-1529 or

We welcome donations from the United States. Should you require an American Charitable Tax Receipt, please contact Lauren Chang for further details.

About John H. McArthur

A uniquely accomplished Canadian and a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, John H. McArthur was the Dean of Harvard Business School from 1980 through 1995, Senior Advisor to the President of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005, a founding Board Member of the Canada Development Investment Corporation, and was Dean Emeritus at Harvard Business School before his death in August 2019. He sat on numerous boards, including Duke University Medical Center, KOC Holdings A.S. and Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company. Dr. McArthur was Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada from 2006-2015.

Dr. McArthur earned a bachelor of commerce degree in forestry from the University of British Columbia in 1957. He continued his studies at Harvard, where he completed an MBA in 1959 and later earned a doctorate in business administration in 1963. In 2013 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian orders. Over his career, Dr. McArthur was awarded honorary doctorates from six different institutions in addition to multiple awards, most notably the Canadian Business Leadership Award, from the combined Harvard Clubs of Canada, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2010.

Dr. McArthur's outstanding service and dedication to APF Canada prompted the establishment of the John H. McArthur Distinguished Fellowship. An avid proponent of collaborative communities, during his tenure as Chair, Dr. McArthur reached out to businesses, governments and academia to solidify the Foundation's position as a thought leader and agent of action in Canada's evolving relations with Asia.

To learn more about our past Distinguished Fellows, please visit the links below.

Honorary Advisory Committee


  • Dominic Barton
  • Carol A. Lee
  • Hon. Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C


  • Christine Day
  • Darren Entwistle
  • François de Gaspé Beaubien
  • James D. Fleck, C.C.
  • Paul J. Hill
  • John K.F. Irving
  • Vikram Khurana
  • Michael M. Koerner, C.M.
  • Eva Lee Kwok
  • Robert H. Lee, C.M.
  • Donald Lindsay
  • Roger L. Martin
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore
  • Heather Munroe-Blum, O.C.
  • Robert Pace
  • J. Robert S. Prichard, O.C.
  • Hon. John D. Reynolds, P.C.
  • Hartley T. Richardson, O.C.
  • Michael Sabia
  • Reza R. Satchu
  • Gerald W. Schwartz, O.C.
  • Hon. Paul Tellier, P.C., C.C.

International Members

  • Victor Chu
  • Kenneth Courtis
  • Anand Mahindra
  • Sir Martin Sorrell
  • Sir James D. Wolfensohn, KBE, AO