Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Announces Leadership Transition Process

Vancouver - October 24, 2013 - APF Canada Chairman John McArthur today announced that the foundation is beginning a 9-12 month transition process in leadership renewal. Under its Act, as adopted by the Canadian Parliament the term of the Foundation President is limited to nine years.

McArthur said, “It will be hard to replace someone of the stature and commitment of Yuen Pau Woo as the President and CEO of our organization. Pau has devoted nearly half of his career, in various roles, to building the Foundation to its current profile and respect in the field.”

The Foundation Board has named one of its directors, respected Canadian business leader George Heller, to work with an international executive recruitment firm in leading a global search for the Foundation’s next President.

Under Pau’s leadership, as President and CEO, the Foundation has grown into an internationally respected source of information and advocacy on Canada-Asia issues. In recent years it has assembled government, industry, and academic experts to offer counsel on a wide array of issues important to the Canada-Asia relationship. As the face of the organization, Pau has been a respected commentator on these issues for more than a decade.

Commenting on the next chapter in the Foundation’s growth, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said, “Canada’s agenda in many policy areas increasingly contains an Asian dimension and I will look forward to working with the new leadership of the Asia Pacific Foundation.”

APF Canada Chairman McArthur describing the process ahead said that the Board will continue its work on future strategic priorities and plans to name a successor by summer 2014.

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada was created by an Act of Parliament in 1984 as an independent, not-for-profit think-tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. Headquartered in Vancouver, with a branch office in Toronto, it brings together people and knowledge to provide current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada’s transpacific relations.

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For additional information, please contact:

Trang Nguyen
Programme Manager, Networks and Current Affairs
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tel: 604-630-1540

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