Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Announces Recipients of Media Fellows for 2015-16


VANCOUVER, BC – April 9, 2015 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has announced the selection of three Media Fellows for 2015-16.

The Media Fellowship program, supported in part by Cathay Pacific Airways, offers up-and-coming and established Canadian journalists the opportunity to travel and spend time in Asia to research and prepare stories that are both relevant and of interest to Canadians.

The 2015-16 Media Fellows are:

  • Melanie de Klerk, an assignment editor, field producer and reporter with Global National News in Vancouver, will travel to Southeast Asia to produce a five-part television and web series examining Canada’s nascent relationship with Myanmar, a largely unknown country that is struggling to overcome its past and move into the future.
  • Bill Strautman, a freelance writer and communications professional from Saskatoon, will examine the new and evolving export opportunities for Canada's beef industry in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in a series of newspaper and magazine articles.
  • Adam Walsh, a CBC reporter from St. John's, will accompany a Newfoundland and Labrador delegation to the 2015 China Seafood Expo in Qingdao to witness first-hand the province's efforts to expand Canada's interests in Asia's fish markets in a series of stories filed for television, radio and the web, along with live coverage from China.

The 2015-16 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 – C$7,000 for in-country travel and expenses, and coverage of trans-Pacific travel with the support of Cathay Pacific Airways.

For more details on the APF Canada Media Fellowship Program and how to apply, please click here.



About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada.

A leader in research and analysis on Canada-Asia relations for over 30 years, APF Canada partners with government, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and across the Asia Pacific region to offer clear, specific, and actionable policy advice.

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, APF Canada's thematic priorities include: promoting trade, investment, and innovation; mobilizing energy assets; building skills and competencies; and, understanding Asia now.

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For more information please contact:

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



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