Vancouver, BC – October 9, 2013 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today welcomed the announcement by Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, to create an Asia Advisory Council in Saskatchewan. Two members of the Advisory Council include APF Canada’s Vice-President and Director, Toronto Office, Kasi Rao, and former Vice-President of APF Canada, Dr. Eva Lee Kwok.
"The Government of Saskatchewan understands the importance of Asian markets for provincial prosperity and the need for a strategic, long-term approach to business, education, and cultural ties with Asian countries,” said Mr. Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “We commend Premier Wall on this initiative which is significant not only for the people of Saskatchewan, but also for the broader Canada-Asia relationship."
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada has been actively supporting provincial engagement strategies with Asia through initiatives such as the National Conversation on Asia. In March 2012, APF Canada hosted a series of special roundtables in Saskatoon and Regina with local government and business leaders to discuss Saskatchewan and Canada’s role in the context of Asia’s rise.
Mr. Kasi Rao is an advisor and consultant on India to public and private sector organizations across Canada. He is a Vice-President and Director of the Toronto office of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and serves as Senior Advisor (India) at the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP.
Dr. Eva Lee Kwok is a successful businesswoman who served as Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in the early 1990s. She was also President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and currently serves as Chair and CEO of Amara International Investment Corporation. She holds a number of directorships with boards of national and international corporations.
About APF Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit think tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. It brings together people and knowledge to provide current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada's transpacific relations. (www.asiapacific.ca)