APF Canada Expresses Support for Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council Report

September 30, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) today expresses its strong support for the Final Report of the Saskatchewan-Asia Advisory Council, which was submitted to Premier Brad Wall this morning. The report was developed over the course of the past year by six council members and two Co-Chairs, and provides recommendations on Saskatchewan’s engagement with Asia. 

“I’d like to congratulate the council members on an excellent report,” said Stewart Beck, President and CEO, APF Canada. “In particular, I was encouraged by the emphasis the report places on the need for initiatives that will develop the Asia skills and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s students. Such initiatives will greatly contribute to ensuring that the next generation of Saskatchewanians will have the tools to become innovative leaders in our changing global economy.”

Key recommendations made in the report include the following:

  • The Government of Saskatchewan should increase the frequency and consistency of Premier-led and Minister-led missions to priority Asian markets.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan should establish an Asian Leaders Business Council made up of prominent business leaders from priority regions.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan should take the leading role in mobilizing the public, the private sector, provincial governments, and the federal government to create the conditions necessary to build and manage the transportation infrastructure system required by Western Canada.
  • The province should establish a high-level International Education Council to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between government, post-secondary institutions, and industry, and, as part of its work, build collaboration deeply into the province’s institutional framework.
  • The Government of Saskatchewan should work with post-secondary institutions and other partners to increase the study of Asian languages and related skill sets relevant to the diverse Asian region.

The report calls on the government to respond within four months of its release.

The council members include Grant Cook, President and CEO of Westcap Mgt. Ltd and Council Co-Chair; Steve Dechka, President and CEO of Canpotex and Council Co-Chair; Harold Fast, Founder of Fast Genetics; Eva Kwok, Chair and CEO of Amara Holdings; Kasi Rao, Vice-President and Director, Toronto Office, APF Canada; Lionel LaBelle, Past President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP); Terry Bergan, President and CEO of International Road Dynamics; and Doug Moen, Deputy Minister for the Premier.

The full report can be found online here.

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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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