Vancouver, BC – February 20, 2015 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) welcomes the announcement today of Canada's representatives to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and congratulates appointees Suzanne M. Benoît and Deborah Close, as well as Philip Leong, who was reappointed to the Council.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, made the announcement in Ottawa today, and said Canada's ABAC members will play a key role in representing the interests of the Canadian business community to business and political leaders throughout the Asia-Pacific region. ABAC provides a crucial interface between Canadian business leaders and their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific region, enabling dialogue on issues related to trade and economic cooperation.
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada serves as the ABAC Canada Secretariat to support Canada's ABAC members, and will work with Canada's Council representatives to build a constituency of Canadian business leaders actively engaged with APEC processes and well informed about Canada-Asia trade and investment policy issues and economic opportunities.
"The APEC Business Advisory Council is a key strategic tool in expanding Canada's trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region and in fostering stronger linkages between Canadian and Asian business leaders," said APF Canada President and CEO Stewart Beck. "I congratulate Canada's new ABAC members and look forward to working with them as we engage business leaders across Canada in a critical exchange about future growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region."
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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.
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