The Asian Ship Is Sailing: What Canada Needs to Do to Get On Board

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8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
MacKenzie Ballroom
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C.



Asia's rapid economic growth and transformation to the largest market in the world makes it critical from an economic and geo-political perspective. Everyone understands that Asia matters to Canada's future economic success and that Canada needs to expand its trade with Asia. However, while many Canadian small and medium-enterprises have made headway in the region, is that interaction too little, too late?

Join The School of Public Policy for a conference dedicated to examining the state of Canada's current trade relations with Asia and evaluating where some of the best opportunities for Canadian businesses lie. We will take a critical look at what a policy-framework for expanding and improving Canada-Asia trade looks like, and participants will develop concrete proposals to advance the Canada-Asia agenda in business, policy-making or academia.

Confirmed panelists and speakers include:

Eugene Beaulieu, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Joseph Caron, Former Canadian Ambassador to Japan
Carlo Dade, Canada West Foundation
Paul Evans, Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
Jock Finlayson, Business Council of British Columbia
Danielle Goldfarb, Conference Board of Canada
Martha Hall Findlay, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Gordon Houlden, China Institute, University of Alberta
Wenran Jiang, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta
Sarah Ladislaw, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Donald Stephenson, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

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