April 7 & 8, 2021
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.
*Note: ABLAC 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 27, 2019
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.
March 2, 2018
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.
March 13, 2017
ABLAC 2017 focused on connecting innovation ecosystems, hearing Asian business leaders’ perspectives on Canada, and capitalizing on the current geopolitical situation.
February 26, 2016
Our first ABLAC meeting focused on building Canada’s brand in Asia, defining Canada’s competitive opportunities, and deepening Canada-Asia commercial networks.