About Canada-Asia 2013

Navigating Asia’s Future, Charting Canada’s Strategy

Asia is changing rapidly but its future is far from clear. Will the world continue to witness the historic shift from west to east or will the region stumble? What are the opportunities and risks in Asia over the next decade, and what skills, capacities and resources will be needed to respond effectively to them?

Canada-Asia 2013 will bring fresh perspectives and on-the-ground insights from leading experts across Asia and Canada. It will explore the major economic, political, security and social forces shaping the region today, such as the rise of the middle class, the focus on creativity and innovation and the urgent need for green growth. The conference will assess the implications of these profound developments for businesses and governments, and draw up recommendations for an Asia Strategy for Canada.

The conference is hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Canada’s leading source of knowledge and information on Canada-Asia issues. It is held in conjunction with the 21st General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a network of business, government and academic thought-leaders from 26 Asia Pacific economies.

Participants will:

  • Meet senior Asia Pacific business, government and academic leaders from PECC 
  • Hear from internationally renowned speakers with insights on the Asia Pacific
  • Get unequalled networking opportunities with Canadian and Asia Pacific decision makers
  • Support the development of concrete policy recommendations on Canada’s Asia strategy

Conference Structure

The conference will feature a welcome reception and dinner, five plenary and eight break-out sessions, intimate dine-out dinners and a customized student program. Click here to view the full program.

Who Should Attend

  • Business executives who are engaged in or interested in Asia
  • Senior government and political officials
  • Academics and other civil society executives
  • Young professionals

PECC Graduate Student Program

The PECC Graduate Student Program (now closed) will gather up to 30 promising graduate and post-graduate students from the 26 PECC member economies (including from all across Canada) to come together to discuss and create recommendations for plans of action about relevant policy challenges in the Asia Pacific region. It is meant to expose graduate students, academics and young professionals to the mechanisms of PECC, a channel for informal diplomacy, and Canada’s future engagement with Asia.

For more detailed information regarding the program, please click here.



His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada

Advisory Council

Dean Connor
President and CEO, Sun Life Financial
Hon. David Emerson P.C.
Senior Advisor, CAI Private Equity
Dominic Barton
Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Don Campbell
International Co-Chair, PECC
Peter Harder
Senior Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain
Hank Ketcham
Chairman and CEO, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd
Don Lindsay
President & CEO, Teck Resources
Hon. John Manley P.C.
President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
David Mitchell
President and CEO, Public Policy Forum
Stephen Poloz
President, Export Development Canada
Hon. John Reynolds P.C.
Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President, Carleton University

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