Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies

Resources

Online Webinar Recordings:

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About the Event:

On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China, the Optical Valley Institute for Free Trade and SFU’s Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies organize the Canada-China Economic Forum to explore the role of Canada and China in the dynamic world economy.

The webinar will be moderated by Jing Li, the Co-Director of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies of SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

Opening Remarks

The Honourable Jack Austin PC, CM, OBC, QC, LLD (Hon.)

Speakers

Eugene Beaulieau (University of Calgary) Canada-China Trade and Investment Relations in a time of Uncertainty

Mary E Lovely (Syracuse University and PIIE) China and the CPTPP: Good news for Canada?

Bo Chen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology) Canada - China Economic Ties: Facts and Implications

Paul Evans (University of British Columbia) Geopolitics and the Future of Canada - China High Tech

Daniel Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) COVID and the Liability of Origin: Implications for Chinese MNEs

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PRESENTATION ABSTRACT:

Despite enormous economic complementarities and synergies between the US and China, the current relationship is akin to a quarrelling couple that still needs each other because of the 639 billion in bilateral trade in goods and services, and the “Direct Investment Position” of the two countries combined exceeding $ 130 billion, in 2019.Putting aside nationalism and ambitions – whether political or corporate – there is no structural or fundamental reason why the two economies should not cooperate on a broad range of issues and sectors, ranging from healthcare to green energy to vehicles, for mutual benefit.However, because of psychosomatic anti-globalization reactions in the US after 2016, and in China an exaggerated sense of nationalism and nursing 178-year-old grievances that bear little relevance to the present day, the two largest economies are now in an artificial state of tension.

This presentation will focus on the potential future relationship and policy dilemmas. Here are just two examples: China’s portraying itself as the new champion of globalization which then also requires its grudging acceptance of universally accepted rules. For the US, one policy dilemma is how to maintain an open-innovation environment while dealing with the real and imagined ghosts of intellectual asset theft. But there remain the vast majority of areas, sectors and subjects on which the two biggest economies can cooperate, for mutual benefit.

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About this Event:

In recognition of fifty years of diplomatic relations between Canada and China, the Optical Valley Institute for Free Trade and SFU’s Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies hosted and organized the second Canada-China Economic Forum to discuss Canada’s relations with China.

The forum featured Professor Wendy Dobson, the author of the book “Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way”, and two discussants, Senator Yuen Pau Woo and Professor Richard Harris.

Moderators were Professors Daniel Shapiro and Jing Li, the Co-Directors of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies of SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

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About this Event:

In light of China’s recent international trade diplomacy (EU-China Agreement on Investment, RCEP), Optical Valley Institute for Free Trade and SFU Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies are organizing the Fourth Canada-China Economic Forum to discuss and debate the potential for renewing Canada-China trade relations. The forum will feature five distinguished speakers from Canada and China (John Baird, Bo Chen, Fan Cui, Carlo Dade, and Yuen Pau Woo) and will be moderated by Nathan VanderKlippe, Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail.

Event Program:

Part 1 - Presentation - 60 minutes

Speakers:

  • John Baird - Former Foreign Minister of Canada (2011-2015)
  • Bo Chen - Chutian Professor of Economics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Fan Cui - Professor, University of International Business and Economics
  • Carlo Dade - Director of Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation
  • Jing Li - Associate Professor, SFU Beedie School of Business Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies
  • Yuen Pau Woo - Senator of Canada

Part 2 - Discussion and Q&A - 60 minutes

  • Moderator: Nathan VanderKlippe - Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail
  • The speakers will comment on each other’s viewpoints and discuss and debate whether and how to renew Canada-China trade talks.
  • The speakers will answer the questions raised by participants.

From our archives: HQ Conversation Series

In collaboration with HQ Vancouver, we hosted a HQ Conversation Series in 2015-16 with a focus on different types of high impact activities that in combination make Vancouver an attractive location for global business, and in particular one that serves as the North American gateway to the Asia Pacific.

HQ Vancouver and SFU Beedie School of Business’ Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies share a common purpose – to ensure that Vancouver is positioned as both a global centre for high impact investment and the gateway for Asian Pacific trade and business. The goal of HQ Vancouver is to attract companies from Asia and around the world to locate their regional head offices in the Province.

Together, we hosted a HQ Conversation Series in 2015-16 with a focus on different types of high impact activities that in combination make Vancouver an attractive location for global business, and in particular one that serves as the North American gateway to the Asia Pacific.

The launch of the Conversation Series focused on trends in international HQ movement and opportunities for British Columbia to capture the expansion of Asian companies into the Americas. We also learned firsthand about the European HQ Initiative and the lessons learned from attracting European HQ’s into the UK.

Part 1: Introduction to HQ Vancouver
Part 2: Colm Reilly, PA Management Group (UK)
Part 3: David Slater, London & Partners
Part 4: Panel Discussion

Mr. Yuen Pau Woo, President of HQ Vancouver provided an overview of the strong corporate services sector in British Columbia which is evolving to meet this increased demand; and, Dr. Miklós Dietz of McKinsey & Company, the newest entrant into Vancouver’s business services sector provided insight on their recent decision to establish an office here.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Shannon Baskerville, Province of British Columbia
Part 3: Miklos Dietz, McKinsey & Company
Part 4: Panel Discussion

Article on Beedie Newsroom

B.C. is home to globally recognized and innovative brands in premium and performance apparel. What makes the exponential success of companies with PPA headquarters in B.C. possible? What can we do to support continued growth of HQ functions in this sector locally?

Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice President of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (BC) will provide an overview of this highly successful cluster of the world-leading PPA companies headquartered in British Columbia. Following this, we will hear presentations from Susan Gelinas, Vice President Health, Wealth & Mobility, lululemon athletica, and John Hoerauf, Vice President Global Commercial, Arc’teryx, who will share their experiences of growing state-of-the-art brands and the elements of the B.C. business ecosystem that support their continued success.

Part 1: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Part 2: lululemon athletica
Part 3: Arc’teryx
Part 4: Panel Discussion

Photos on Flickr
Article on Beedie Newsroom

B.C. is attracting the attention of global ICT firms and high profile companies have recently arrived in Vancouver. At the same time, homegrown companies are choosing to deepen their roots and grow right here. What are the factors underpinning these companies’ decisions to build their presence in Vancouver? What are the possibilities of advancing this vibrant ICT cluster? What can we do to support continued growth of HQ opportunities in this sector locally?

Speakers:
Greg Caws, President & CEO, BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
Edoardo De Martin, Director, Microsoft Canada Center of Excellence
Kirsten Sutton, VP and Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada
Laurie Schultz, President and CEO, ACL

Part 1: Presentations
Part 2: Panel Discussion

Article on Beedie Newsroom

B.C. is home to one of the top video game clusters in the world. Local and international gaming companies have found a fertile ground for growth and innovation in our province. What are the factors underpinning these companies’ decisions to build their presence in Vancouver? Join us for a casual evening of discovery to find out why gaming companies are launching their global products from BC. The evening will feature a panel of gaming gurus and offer a sampling of local food.

Speakers:
Justin Dowdeswell, General Manager, Relic Entertainment
Josh Nilson, CEO & Co-Founder, East Side Games
Jon Lutz, VP, Financial Planning & Strategy, Electronic Arts

Part 1: Presentations
Part 2: Panel Discussion