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CIC Vancouver: Key Foreign Policy Challenges for Canada in 2023 and Beyond with Senator Yuen Pau Woo
February 22, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PST
As Canada faces the rapidly evolving global landscape, several key foreign policy issues present potential challenges to Canada’s economic and national security. These challenges include the growing influence of China, escalating security concerns in Europe emanating from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the current economic uncertainty marked by widespread inflation. Additionally, Canada must navigate its relationships with other countries in the Asia Pacific Region, particularly members of ASEAN, as well as address the impacts of climate change and assert its sovereignty in the Arctic region. In this complex environment, Canada must balance its economic and security interests, while maintaining its democratic values and upholding its status as a responsible member of the global community. Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who brings a wealth of expertise in global affairs and the Asian Pacific Region, will untangle these key foreign policy challenges and discuss Canada’s future in this current global climate.
About the Speaker
Senator Yuen Pau Woo
Appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016, the Honourable Yuen Pau Woo sits as an independent representing British Columbia. He served as Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group from 2017 to 2021.
Senator Woo has worked on public policy issues related to Canada’s relations with Asian countries for more than 30 years. From 2005-2014, he was President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, during which he also served on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and as Chair of PECC’s State of the Region Report. He is a Senior Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Graduate School of Business, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Mosaic Institute, the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, and the York Centre for Asian Research.
Senator Woo is a joint chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament.
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