Jack Austin Centre For Asia Pacific Business Studies

SFU Beedie hosts Nobel Peace Prize winner

Feb 7, 2018

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed an audience of more than 300 people at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business at a special event on February 5, 2018. Professor Yunus, who founded microfinance organization Grameen Bank, is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, among many other international honours and awards, for his pioneering work in developing microfinance to help people lift themselves from poverty. SFU Beedie hosted the event at the Segal […]


Joseph Caron appointed to Advisory Council of the Jack Austin Centre

Jul 19, 2017

Former ambassador and experienced business leader Joseph Caron has been appointed to sit on the Advisory Council of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies. Joseph Caron has more than 40 years’ experience in connecting Canada with Asia, serving at the highest levels of government and business. Mr. Caron has served as Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Canada’s Ambassador to Japan, and High Commissioner to the Republic of India. Following […]


Jack Austin awarded honorary degree by SFU

Jun 6, 2017

The Hon. Jacob (Jack) Austin, retired Canadian senator and former federal cabinet minister, was presented with an honorary degree by Simon Fraser University at the summer convocation ceremony, held on June 6, 2017. He received a Doctor of Laws degree from the Beedie School of Business.


SFU Beedie senior resident fellow Yuen Pau Woo appointed to the Canadian Senate

Nov 10, 2016

British Columbia’s newest independent senator is Yuen Pau Woo, a senior resident fellow at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment this fall. Woo has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a leading thinker on Asian economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond […]


Jack Austin Centre: Why China is undergoing State-owned Enterprise reform

Jul 13, 2016

As China’s economy slows to a medium-high growth forecast, the government has revealed plans for structural reforms around State-owned Enterprises (SOEs). Though these reforms offer opportunity for the Chinese economy, they are not without potential pitfalls.


HQ Vancouver: A Hub for Global Business Services

Nov 30, 2015

Vancouver is currently punching far below its weight in terms of the number of number of globally recognized businesses with head offices in the city. However, rather than viewing this as a negative, this in fact represents a massive opportunity for the city.


Yuen Pau Woo appointed Senior Resident Fellow for Beedie’s Jack Austin Centre

Oct 24, 2014

The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has announced the appointment of Yuen Pau Woo as Senior Resident Fellow for the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies.


Jack Austin Centre hosts Asian Development Bank

Oct 15, 2014

The established world standard for indicating extreme poverty – currently measured as income or expenditure of $1.25 a day per person – does not fully capture the extent of Asian poverty levels, and should be adjusted to include additional factors.


Rare 1900’s share certificates donated to SFU’s Beedie School of Business

May 1, 2014

A rare collection of historical business share certificates has been donated to the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University by former member of the Canadian Senate Jack Austin.


SFU President’s Faculty Lecture series: How business can alleviate poverty

Feb 21, 2014

Sudheer Gupta, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, will share details of a study on how entrepreneurs in developing countries are finding innovative ways to solve some of society’s “most wicked problems,” as part of SFU President’s Faculty Lecture series. The lecture will be held at SFU’s Surrey campus on February 27 at 7 p.m. Gupta collaborated with Infosys Ltd., a global IT services company based in India, to carry […]