Vancouver, BC - June 14, 2011 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today announced the appointment of The Honourable Stockwell Day, P.C, as a Distinguished Fellow. Mr. Day was President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway in the previous Conservative cabinet, as well as Senior Minister responsible for British Columbia.
"Stockwell Day has had a distinguished record of 25 years' public service," said APF Canada President and CEO Yuen Pau Woo. "As Minister of International Trade and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, he was a champion for stronger commercial relations with Asia, and a tireless promoter of Canadian interests in the region. We are honored to have him as one of our Distinguished Fellows."
Mr. Day was successfully elected 9 times over 25 years at two levels of government and in two separate provinces. From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Day represented Red Deer North in the Alberta Legislature, where he served in the Progressive Conservative Government in a variety of senior roles. In 2000, he won the leadership of the Canadian Alliance and became leader of Canada's Official Opposition, and in 2002, was appointed Foreign Affairs critic, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2006, Stockwell Day was appointed Minister of Public Safety. Upon his re-election in 2008, Mr. Day was appointed Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. In 2010, he was appointed President of the Treasury Board. He announced his retirement from public office in March 2011.
Mr. Day was born in 1950 in Barrie, Ontario. He attended the University of Victoria and has lived in various regions of Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Rotary Club, and serves on a variety of boards.
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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