Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Len Edwards Appointed Distinguished Fellow of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Vancouver, B.C. – March 11, 2011 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today announced the appointment of Len Edwards as a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation. Mr. Edwards is the Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“Len Edwards has had a distinguished career in the public service, much of it related to international policy and Canada’s relations with Asian countries,” said APF Canada President and CEO Yuen Pau Woo. “He has been a long-time friend of the Foundation and champion of our mission. We are delighted to have him as one of our Distinguished Fellows.”

Len Edwards retired in 2010 after 41 years in Canada’s Public Service. He was the Prime Minister’s G-8 and G-20 Sherpa from 2008 to July 2010, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2010), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2004-2007) and International Trade (2001-2004). He has served as Canada’s Ambassador to Japan and to Korea, and has been an Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade and Economic Policy and for the Asia Pacific. He organized the 1988 and 1995 Economic Summits and the 1987 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He has worked in the former Saigon, in Hanoi and Ankara, at Brussels/NATO and in Geneva with Canada’s Mission to the UN. Len Edwards is from Melfort, Saskatchewan.


About APF Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada's transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, helping to inform public policy, the Canadian public and Canada’s Asia practitioners. The Foundation is funded principally through an endowment from the Government of Canada and by corporate and individual donors.


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Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: 604-630-1540

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