Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Convenes Leaders for First Pan-Canadian Conference on Building Asia Skills and Knowledge

Vancouver, BC – October 9, 2014 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada will convene leaders from across Canada and the Asia Pacific region for the first Canadian national conference on Asia competence – the skills, knowledge and experiences that young Canadians will need to be successful working in and with Asia.

DATE: Wednesday, October 15 – Friday, October 17.

PLACE: Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel, 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary.

TIME: Regular registration begins at 2:00PM on October 15, with a welcome reception and remarks at 6:00PM. The first plenary session begins at 9:00AM on October 16. For full conference program, click here.

 Speakers include:

  • Eva Busza, Vice-President Knowledge and Research, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Bob Davis, Executive Director of Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives, The College Board, Chicago; and Board Member, 100,000 Strong Initiative
  • Karen McBride, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • Jenny McGregor, CEO, AsiaLink and Asia Education Foundation (Australia)
  • David Mulroney, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Former Ambassador to China
  • Steve Roder, Senior Executive VP and CFO, Manulife Financial
  • Hon. Don Scott, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Province of Alberta
  • Neil Tait, Special Advisor to Chairman and CEO on Asia, BMO Financial Group
  • Hon. Teresa Woo-Paw, Associate Minister, Asia Pacific Relations; Chair, Alberta Asia Advisory Council

Topics Include:

  • Preparing Canada’s next generation for the rise of Asia: Lessons from Australia, New Zealand and the US
  • Identifying and supporting Asia competence priorities for Canadian industry
  • Building cross-cultural awareness of Asia on Canadian campuses
  • Starting and sustaining Asian language programs

REGISTRATION: Media are invited to attend the full conference program, but registration is required. To register, please contact Jillian Oliver at or call 604-630-1536.

Canada’s Asia Challenge is supported by its Presenting Partners, the Government of Alberta and Manulife. The Supporting Conference Partners are the Governments of BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba.

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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  

For more information please contact:

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

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