APF Canada Announces Speakers and Program for Landmark Conference on Building Asia Skills and Knowledge

September 18, 2014 – VANCOUVER, BC – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today announced program and speaker updates for its upcoming conference, Canada’s Asia Challenge: Building Skills and Knowledge for the Next Generation, to be held in Calgary October 15-17. Registration for the conference is open to the public.

The conference is the first national forum in Canada that will bring together participants from across the country to assess Canada’s Asia competence initiatives, and where it can go from here. The conference will focus on how to equip Canada’s next generation with the types of skills and knowledge they will need to remain competitive in a fast-changing global environment where Asia’s political and economic importance is growing.

The conference discussions will encourage audience input and participation, and will focus on the following:

  1. The Asia competence needs of employers
  2. Ideas to encourage more young Canadians to get international experience in Asia
  3. A strategy for Asian language training to strengthen our global competitiveness
  4. How to stimulate curiosity about Asia among high school students
  5. Methods for communicating with the public about why learning about Asia is important

Conference speakers include:

  • David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Former Ambassador to China
  • Bob Davis, Executive Director of Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives, The College Board, Chicago; and Board Member, 100,000 Strong Initiative
  • Steve Roder, Senior Executive VP and CFO, Manulife Financial
  • Jenny McGregor, AsiaLink and Asia Education Foundation (Australia)
  • Karen McBride, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • Neil Tait, Special Advisor to Chairman and CEO on Asia, BMO Financial Group
  • Associate Minister Teresa Woo-Paw, Asia Pacific Relations; Chair, Alberta Asia Advisory Council
  • Jeff Johnstone, Director, Education, Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Lynn Parisi, National Co-Director, National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
  • Alden Habacon, Director, Intercultural Strategy Development, UBC
  • Scott Bradley, VP Corporate and Government Affairs, Huawei Canada

To view the entire program, please visit the Conference website.

APF Canada is partnering with the Government of Alberta, Manulife Financial, and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) to host this conference. 

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is offering media accreditation to journalists interested in attending the conference. Please contact Jillian Oliver, Communications Manager, 604-630-1536 for details.

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has been a leader in research and analysis on Canada’s relations with Asia for thirty years. Our mission is to develop ideas for action by Canadian businesses, governments, and individuals to help them seize the vast opportunities unfolding in Asia. We do this by offering clear, specific, and actionable policy advice and leadership based on sound research and analysis. APF Canada’s current thematic priorities include trade and investment, energy and the environment, and international education. Engaged in research and convening, APF Canada has developed strong ties with policy-makers, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and throughout the Asia Pacific region. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca.  

For more information please contact:

Jillian Oliver 
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Office: 604-630-1536

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