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Power of Perception: Stewart Beck unpacks Canadians’ views of business with Asia, and Asian economic attitudes to Canada

October 31, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

2019’s headlines are dominated by stories of growing unease between North America and China. Are Canadian business people worried about the future of our second largest trading relationship? Moreover, how is Canada perceived throughout Asia? Join the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for lunch on October 31st to explore the issue and challenge your assumptions.

Stewart Beck, President & CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada will explore the power of perception and its impact on the Canada-Asia business and trade relationship. Drawing upon the Asia Pacific Foundation’s 2019 national opinion poll “Canadian Views on High-Tech Investment from Asia” and business survey on “Asian Views on Economic Engagement with Canada”, Mr. Beck will elaborate how Canadians feel about conducting business with Asia, how Asian business leaders’ feel about doing business with Canada, and the implications for Canadian business.

This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in Canada’s trade relationships in 2019 and beyond.  Guests will enjoy a light lunch overlooking Richmond, followed by Mr. Beck’s keynote address, and an interactive question and answer period.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Registration, Networking & Light Lunch: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Keynote: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Q&A: 1:00pm – 1:20pm


Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
#4900 – 5600 Kwantlen Street
Richmond, BC


General Admission: $40 + GST

Chamber Member: $30 + GST


The Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Greater China Exchange Committee is pleased to present this event in partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation.

Stewart Beck

President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In Ottawa, he held a number of progressively more senior positions, including Director General of the North Asia Bureau, Director General Responsible for Senior Management and Rotational Assignments, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.


Richmond Chamber of Commerce


Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
5600 Kwantlen Street
Richmond, BC V6X 3V8 Canada