March 13, 2014, Vancouver, BC – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today announced the recent appointment of Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Hugh Stephens, Principal, Trans-Pacific Connections, as Senior Fellows of the Foundation. Mr. Gupta and Mr. Stephens commenced their terms in February 2014.
“We are delighted to welcome Arvind Gupta and Hugh Stephens as our two newest Senior Fellows. Both Arvind and Hugh have impressive knowledge and experience that will be very valuable to the work of the Foundation,” said APF Canada President and CEO Yuen Pau Woo.
APF Canada’s Senior Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to Canada-Asia relations in at least one of the areas of scholarship, public policy, business, diplomacy, arts and culture, and civil society. Fellows provide input and advice to APF Canada’s research, events and major projects.
Arvind Gupta is a respected expert in science and innovation policy. He was named as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, where he has been a professor of computer science since 2009. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, an advisory body that provides external policy advice on science and technology issues and produces reports measuring Canada’s science and technology performance against international standards of excellence.
Hugh Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Before returning to Canada in 2009, he served as Senior Vice President, Public Policy (Asia Pacific) for Time Warner, and continues to serve as an advisor for the company. Previously, Mr. Stephens spent 28 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), including postings in five Canadian missions in Asia. His final assignment was as Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications at DFAIT. Prior to his appointment of Senior Fellow, he was an Executive-in-Residence with APF Canada.
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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada 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 Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings people and knowledge together to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca.
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