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Connecting Indigenous People in Canada to Opportunities in Asia

Pacific Partnerships: Connecting Indigenous People in Canada to Opportunities in Asia

In the lead up to the Nation 2 Nation Forum, held in Vancouver on March 30, 2017, BC Assembly of First Nations Acting Regional Chief Maureen Chapman stated: “As the economic importance of the Asia Pacific grows, B.C. First Nations face significant opportunities for economic development partnerships.” Continue reading

The Asia Factor in Atlantic Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada released “The Asia Factor in Atlantic Canada” project reports in April 2016 at an interactive roundtable in Halifax. This series of eight reports, available in English and French, focus on current and future opportunities and challenges for Atlantic Canadian companies’ engagement with Asian markets.

Asia Beckons

Ghost co-author to this editorial in the January 2016 issue of the Institute of Corporate Director’s Director Journal. It argues that:

“Boards must add Asian experience to capitalize on new global opportunities.

“‘Asia is not just the future, but the present’ is a refrain often heard but, regrettably, seldom acted upon by Canadian businesses. As a commodity-based economy, our approach to Asia has historically been driven by input demand and global prices. This approach needs to change. By 2030, Asia is projected to represent between 45 and 50 percent of the world’s GDP. With approximately 4.5 billion people expected to be living in the Asia Pacific by 2030, the region also will be home to 66 percent of the world’s middle class. The Canadian opportunity goes well beyond the demand for resources and we need to be prepared to better engage with the region. …”

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The Indigenous Factor of East Asian Engagement with the Canadian Arctic

In the Arctic, as elsewhere, there are multiple ways of understanding borders. These multiplicities of understanding shape the values, goals and subsequent policy-making initiatives of concerned parties. Focusing on any one set of borders will lead to different perspectives, analysis and ways of understanding the Arctic, which will invariably shape engagement strategies across borders. Continue reading