Pacific Business Leaders Arrive in Toronto for Canada-Asia Council Meeting

TORONTO, ON – March 1, 2018 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is excited to host the third annual meeting of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council 2018 (ABLAC 2018) in Toronto, Ontario on March 2, 2018. 

Gathering a C-suite group of business leaders from across Asia and Canada, ABLAC 2018 will provide a unique platform for business and government stakeholders to engage in an open and candid dialogue on how Canada can realize the full potential of its business and economic engagement with Asia. The Council will also provide strategic policy advice informing the development of an Asia Strategy for the Government of Canada.

“In today’s geopolitical climate, with the centre of global economic gravity clearly shifting to Asia, ABLAC 2018 is positioned to make substantial contributions to Canada-Asia business relations,” said Stewart Beck, President and CEO of APF Canada. “I welcome our Asian and Canadian ABLAC members to Toronto as we convene this critical forum to catalyze dialogue and action.”

Organized by APF Canada with the generous support of the Government of Ontario and Export Development Canada, ABLAC 2018 will include Council Members from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea, alongside representatives of Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal governments, and the presidents and CEOs of leading Canadian businesses and institutions.

ABLAC 2018 will be held at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto and include a 3:45 p.m. ET press conference followed by one-on-one interview opportunities for local and international media.

“As the global economy continues to change, diversifying our trade markets and growing our partnerships in Asia is absolutely critical to our future prosperity,” said Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne. “I am delighted to welcome delegates and participants to the third annual Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council meeting.”

Added Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development Canada: “Over the last three years, the conversations facilitated by ABLAC have made a meaningful contribution to the advancement of Canada-Asia business relations. These discussions are vital as we continue to seek opportunities to bring more of Canada to the world.”

For more information on ABLAC 2018, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Michael Roberts       
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Office: 604-630-1527
Mobile: 604-649-4863


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.

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