VANCOUVER, BC – February 16, 2017 – The Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of John Montalbano to the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), effective February 10, 2017.
Mr. Montalbano is Principal of Tower Beach Capital Ltd., a private enterprise focused on venture capital and private equity investments. He is the former President of Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd., and the former CEO of Royal Bank of Canada’s asset management business, RBC Global Asset Management, which maintained offices in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong, as well as a joint venture headquartered in Beijing, China.
As Vice Chair of RBC Wealth Management, Mr. Montalbano was focused on business development and special projects for the Royal Bank of Canada. In 2017, he was appointed as a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Montalbano is also Trustee of the Killam Trusts, in support of graduate studies at institutions across Canada; Member of the Investment Committee, Canada Council for the Arts; and, Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Capital Campaign. He also serves as Director for the Boards of Junior Achievement British Columbia, The Vancouver Police Foundation, and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
APF Canada Board Chair Dr. David L. Emerson welcomed Mr. Montalbano to the Board. “I am very happy to have John join our high-calibre team of Directors,” said Dr. Emerson. “With a successful career built on global and institutional asset management, he brings complementary strengths to the table that will serve our Board well, and ultimately help the Foundation support programs and activities that enhance Canada-Asia engagement.”
Added APF Canada President and CEO, Stewart Beck: “Strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation, is one of APF Canada’s strategic imperatives. As a global citizen with deep roots in Canada and unique experiences in Asia, John is well positioned to help us forge stronger linkages with the large and emerging economies of the Asia Pacific.”
About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is dedicated to strengthening ties between Canada and Asia with a focus on expanding economic relations through trade, investment and innovation; promoting Canada’s expertise in offering solutions to Asia’s climate change, energy, food security and natural resource management challenges; building Asia skills and competencies among Canadians, including young Canadians; and, improving Canadians’ general understanding of Asia and its growing global influence.
The Foundation is well known for its annual national opinion polls of Canadian attitudes regarding relations with Asia, including Asian foreign investment in Canada and Canada’s trade with Asia. The Foundation places an emphasis on China and India while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN.
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