Vancouver, B.C. – March 28, 2012 - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada), through the National Conversation on Asia, announced today that it is convening a group of experts to examine Canada’s future role in Asia Pacific regional architecture.
Members of the taskforce met for the first time today at the Symposium on Canada-US Perspectives on Asia Pacific Regional Architecture hosted jointly in Washington, D.C. by the ASEAN Study Centre at American University and APF Canada, to consider priorities and tactics for Canadian participation in various Asia Pacific regional forums.
As Canada expands its engagement with Asia, the task force will provide recommendations on what Canada's priorities should be with respect to the complex network of trade and investment agreements, regional institutions, and political-security fora, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the East Asia Summit (EAS).
“This is a critical time for Canada to make its voice heard on what it would like to see for the future of Asian regional institutions and how it will contribute,” said Mr. Don Campbell, Chair of the Task Force on Regional Architecture. “There are competing visions for a transpacific versus ‘Asia-only’ regional framework on both trade and security matters. Canada needs to engage in these important debates if we truly believe our future prosperity is linked to Asia.”
The task force will review existing materials and hold broad consultations across Canada, United States and Asia with a view to generate new ideas and recommendations on strategies for Canada’s participation and leadership in relevant regional fora. Current members of the task force include: Don Campbell (Chair), Distinguished Fellow with APF Canada and Senior Strategy Advisor for Davis LLP; Paul Evans, Director of the Institute for Asian Research, University of British Columbia; and Pierre Lortie, Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.
About APF Canada
The Asia Pacific Foundation is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of the Federal Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada's transpacific relations.
About the National Conversation on Asia
The National Conversation on Asia is a Canada-wide initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asian means to Canada. It includes a public education and policy development focus. This initiative is generously supported in part by our Founding Partners: Teck, Bombardier, Shell Canada, Manulife Financial and BMO Financial Group; Founding Sponsors: HSBC Bank Canada and Port Metro Vancouver; and Founding Supporters: Port of Halifax, Fiera Sceptre, Deloitte, Vancouver Airport Authority, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific, TELUS and Blakes.
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Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada