Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Announces 2017 Media Fellows





VANCOUVER, BC – May 2, 2017 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce its three Media Fellowship recipients for 2017-18.

Each year, the APF Canada Media Fellowship Program, supported in part by Cathay Pacific Airways, offers up-and-coming and established Canadian journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia researching and preparing stories for Canadian audiences. The goal of the program is to help Canadian journalists become better informed about this dynamic part of the world in order to write and broadcast insightfully on Asia and the Canada-Asia relationship.

The $10,000 Fellowships are partially funded by Hong Kong’s award-winning airline, Cathay Pacific Airways. The 2017-2018 APF Canada Media Fellows will receive a two-night stopover in Hong Kong and fly Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy Class. The Fellowships are valued at up to C$10,000 for in-country travel and expenses and coverage of trans-Pacific travel, with the support of Cathay Pacific Airways.

The 2017-18 Media Fellows are:

  • Philippe Grenier, is a multi-media journalist with CBC’s Radio Canada (Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and will travel to Japan to explore how that country is tackling a demographic upheaval that has left Japan with the oldest population on the planet, as well as deserted rural areas once populated by younger Japanese. Philippe will explore lessons for Canada, particularly for the four provinces of Atlantic Canada, which have the oldest populations in the country.
  • John Shmuel, is a Toronto-based finance journalist who will be travelling to China to explore that county’s tech startup scene, which is bustling with innovation and opportunities for Canadian SMEs and entrepreneurs. John plans to produce a five-part multi-media series for Maclean’s magazine with coverage he says will prove particularly useful to Canada’s business community, and the hundreds of thousands of Canadian students who are looking to pursue tech careers.
  • Hayley Woodin, is a multi-media reporter and producer with Business in Vancouver and is planning a trip to Singapore, a country that has a population of 5.6 million and a geographic footprint a quarter of the size of Metro Vancouver. Hayley will explore why Canada has prioritized establishing a formal trade and economic relationship with Singapore, and what exactly Singapore stands to gain from increased trade ties with Canada, and how that knowledge might impact economic, policy and business decisions here at home.

For more details on the APF Canada Media Fellowship Program and how to apply, please follow this link:


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, India, Japan and South Korea while also developing expertise in emerging markets in the region, particularly economies within ASEAN.

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