Former Chairman of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Arthur Hara, Receives Order of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC – August 2, 2013 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada congratulates its former chairman, Mr. Arthur Hara, for his recent appointment to the Order of British Columbia by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, Chancellor of the Order. Mr. Hara received this recognition for his leadership and contribution to building trade and fostering better understanding between British Columbia and the Asia Pacific region.

Born in Vancouver in 1927, for 37 years he worked for Mitsubishi Canada, being named the first Canadian Chairman of the Corporation in 1983. Under his leadership, Mitsubishi developed B.C.’s natural resources including coalfields in southeastern B.C., which then led to building of the deep-sea coal port at Roberts Bank. In 1999 he was named one of the 50 “British Columbia’s Business Leaders of the Century”.

Mr. Hara served as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada from 1988 to 1994. He has also served as the Chairman of the University of BC’s Board of Governors, Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Director of the Canada-Japan Society of BC and Division Chairman of the 1998 United Way Campaign. He has provided leadership in areas that have created a more prosperous and more culturally aware society.

From 2005 to 2008 he assumed the voluntary Chair of the Asia Pacific Trade Council with the mandate of enhancing B.C.’s presence in the Asia Pacific countries of Japan, South Korea, China and India.

Mr. Hara has received international recognition and awards including Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada Confederation Medal, Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), Distinguished Leadership Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.

The Order of British Columbia is a prestigious award to recognize people who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of British Columbia and elsewhere. The full list of recipients can be found at

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