APF Canada Distinguished Fellow Don Campbell Named Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council

Vancouver, BC – April 30, 2012 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is proud to announce that Don Campbell, a Distinguished Fellow of APF Canada and Senior Strategic Advisor for Davis LLP, has been appointed Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a major regional track II forum in the Asia Pacific region.

He is also the Chair of Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC). Mr. Campbell’s former appointments at the Canadian government include Deputy Foreign Minister (1997-2000), Deputy Minister for International Trade (1989-1993), Ambassador to Japan (1993-1997), and Ambassador to Korea (1984-1985).

PECC is a unique tripartite partnership of senior individuals from business and industry, government, academic and other intellectual circles and is a regional forum for cooperation and policy coordination to promote economic development in the Asia Pacific region. Canada is a founding member of this 24 member economy network.

“As Asia grows in importance for Canada in terms of trade, geopolitics, and cultural exchanges, I am delighted to take this position and very much look forward to working with friends and colleagues of PECC network,” said Mr. Campbell. He assumes the position from Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President of the East-West Center, who has served last two terms (seven years) as PECC Co-chair. Mr. Jusuf Wanandi, Member of the Board of the Trustees for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies of Indonesia, will serve another term as the other Co-chair alongside Mr. Don Campbell.

Don Campbell is currently Chair of the Canadian National Committee for PECC (CANCPEC) supported by Hugh Stephens, Vice-Chair of CANCPEC and APF Canada Executive-In-Residence, and APF Canada, the CANCPEC Secretariat.

PECC holds an annual general meeting each year and Canada will host the next Annual General Meeting in Vancouver in mid-2013.

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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.

Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: (604) 630-1540
E-mail: trang.nguyen@asiapacific.ca


About the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council

The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) is a non-profit international organization committed to the promotion of cooperation and dialogue in the Asia Pacific. Founded in 1980, PECC is a tripartite network of 26 member committees comprising individuals and institutions dedicated to this shared mission. Of the 26 member committees, 23 represent the economies of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands Forum, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States of America, and Vietnam. The PECC also has one associate member, France (Pacific Territories), and two institutional members, the Pacific Trade and Development Conference and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. As the only non-governmental official observer of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), PECC provides independent business and research input for the regional policy-making process. www.pecc.org

Jessica Yom, Public Affairs
PECC International Secretariat, Singapore
Tel: +65 67379822 ext 19
E-mail: jessica.yom@pecc.org

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