The Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council (ABLAC) comprises a high-level group of Asian and Canadian business leaders convened annually by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to identify and articulate opportunities for improved Canada-Asia business engagement.
Council membership is represented across Canada and more than 10 Asia Pacific economies, and annual meetings are held in cities throughout Canada and Asia. Launched in 2016, ABLAC has emerged into a critical forum to catalyze dialogue and action.
ABLAC 2023 was held in Singapore on February 20-21 under the theme, Mutual Interests & Collective Solutions: New Business Partnerships in a Changing World, and featured 22 members of the international Council alongside leaders from government, business, and academia from Canada and across Asia.
ABLAC Members and special guests were invited to engage in various panel discussions addressing the risks and opportunities for Canada’s engagement in the region, given the strategic challenges it faces. These sessions helped generate five recommendations discussed at the Closing Plenary Session and detailed in the summary report available for download below.
The Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council held its fifth annual meeting in a virtual setting on April 7-8, 2021. More than 150 ABLAC members and invited guests convened virtually over the two-day meeting to discuss a number of timely issues related to the overarching meeting theme.
The key takeaway echoed throughout the ABLAC 2021 meeting is that engagement with Asia is as important as ever and will be crucial for Canada’s own post-COVID economic recovery. The various sub-regions within the broader Asia Pacific region will each face their own challenges and present unique opportunities.
ABLAC 2019 marked the Council’s first meeting outside Canada. The meeting focused on encouraging trade agreements, ensuring an Asian component to Canada's Innovation Superclusters strategies, and increasing Canada’s Asia-competent talent pool through education.
Our third ABLAC meeting helped define the focus of previous discussions and commence action. Council members discussed topics including: Removing barriers to engagement, accelerating enhanced connectivity, and informing an Asia Strategy for the Government of Canada.