Canada-Asia 2013 Conference Convenes Leading Industry, Policy Experts to Strategize Canada’s Future with Asia

Vancouver, B.C. – May 16, 2013 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada, will convene up to 400 leading industry and policy experts representing close to 20 countries to discuss Asia’s future and Canada’s strategy for engagement at the Canada-Asia 2013 conference themed ‘Navigating Asia’s Future, Charting Canada’s Strategy.’

DATE: Monday, June 3rd (evening), Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th

PLACE: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (900 Canada Place Way), The Waterfront Ballroom (Lobby Level), VANCOUVER, BC

TIME: Conference opening remarks 19:00 (PST) on June 3rd. For full conference program, click here.

Speakers include: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Hideto Nakahara, Senior Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Corporation; Dean Connor, President and CEO, Sun Life Financial; Jusuf Wanandi, Senior Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta), and International Co-Chair PECC; David Emerson, Senior Advisor, CAI Private Equity; Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations; Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Chairman, Shell Companies in China; John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; Zhang Yunling, Director, Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The full line-up of speakers can be viewed at


- Key Trends Shaping the Asia Pacific

- Asia Pacific Trade: Complementary or Crosscutting?

- Harnessing Asia's Massive Capital Pools: Financial Market Development and Integration

- The New, New Thing: Creativity and Innovation in Asia

- Green Growth: Asia Leading the Way?

- Risks to Growth in the Asia Pacific

- Addressing the Needs of Asia's Booming Middle-Class: A New Market for Services

- Preparing the Next Generation: A Turn to Asia

REGISTRATION: Media registration required. Contact or call (604) 630-1540

This conference is being held in conjunction with the 21st General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). It is generously supported in part by our Presenting Partners: Sun Life Financial and Teck; Major Partners: BMO Financial Group and Shell; Supporting Partners: Canada-China Chamber of Commerce, Export Development Canada, Government of Alberta, Government of British Columbia, HSBC Bank Canada, Manulife Financial, and Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management; Associate Partners: AON, CN and West Fraser; and Media Partner: The Globe and Mail.



About APF Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization that 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.


For additional information, please contact:

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

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