Advisory Council

The Advisory Council currently includes:

Jack Austin

Jack Austin

Jack Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia. Throughout his years in public service, Austin has championed stronger relations between Canada and Asia. In 1971, as the serving deputy minister of Energy, Mines and Resources he was part of the first Canadian trade mission to China. He consequently served as president of the Canada China Business Council and co-chair of the Canada China legislative Association. He was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. The centre was named to recognize his outstanding contribution to Canada-Asia relations.

Don Campbell

Don Campbell

Donald W. Campbell is the senior strategy advisor at Davis LLP. Prior to his time in the private sector, he had a distinguished career with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2003, he was appointed by the prime minister as the Canadian Co-chair of the Canada-Japan Forum, an external advisory group established by the governments of Japan and Canada to provide advice and to promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Mr. Campbell also previously served Deputy Foreign Minister, Deputy Minister for International Trade, Canada’s Ambassador to Japan and Canada’s Ambassador to Korea.

Joseph Caron

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 retirement from Canada’s Foreign Service in 2010, he has been appointed to the Boards of Directors at Manulife Financial Corporation, Vancouver International Airport, and Westport Innovations Inc., the world’s leading technology company in LNG and other gaseous fuels. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia.

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Colin Hansen

Colin Hansen is the President and CEO of AdvantageBC, a private-sector organization dedicated to promoting British Columbia as a centre for international business. He was elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June, 2008 to March, 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative. Before politics, He was President and Founding Partner of Image Group, which his wife, Laura, has subsequently built into BC’s largest promotional products company. Prior to that, he was the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

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Evaleen Jaager Roy

Evaleen Jaager Roy advises CEOs and organizations on strategy and leadership.Her clients include some of the most successful companies in technology, gaming, architecture, medical research, investment and sustainability. Prior to starting her own company, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for Electronic Arts (EA), helping to build the industry in BC and leading the function in Canada, across Europe and for a global division. Prior to EA, Evaleen was HR Director for Westcoast Energy and she began her career in Finance in the US auto sector. Evaleen has served on the Board of Emily Carr University of Art + Design for six years, five of them as Chair. She is recognized as an outstanding Alumnus from Simon Fraser University, is a Vancouver Influential Business Woman Award winner as well as recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, Evaleen was appointed to the Board of the Banff Centre – the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator – and to the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She is the previous Chair of the Board at Simon Fraser University (the first alumni to be elected to this role) and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA (Hons) from Simon Fraser.


Daniel Shapiro

Daniel M. Shapiro (PhD, Cornell) is Professor of Global Business Strategy at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He has worked for over thirty years as an educator and researcher and published five books and monographs and over fifty scholarly articles on corporate performance and strategy, corporate ownership and governance, foreign investment and MNEs, industrial structure, and various aspects of public policy. He has also had international experience in a variety of countries including El Salvador, Belarus, Germany and Hong Kong. He has been visiting professor at McGill University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), Monash University, and CEIBS (China).

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Wei Shao

Wei Shao is the National Practice Group Co-Leader for China at Dentons and specializes in international business transactions focusing on China. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financing, cross-border counseling, and general corporate and commercial transactions.
Wei has represented Chinese investors and entrepreneurs, sovereign and investment funds, private and public companies as well as major SOEs in various significant transactions in Canada, especially in natural resource and mining. Wei has also advised Canadian and international companies in natural resources, manufacturing, high-tech, environment, infrastructure and financial transactions in China. He has also provided legal advice to government agencies and diplomatic missions from both Canada and China. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences on matters related to investment in or from China.


Yuen Pau Woo

Mr. Woo was President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada from 2005-2014. He continues his association with the Foundation as Distinguished East Asia Fellow. He is a co-founder of China Global: The Vancouver Society for Promotion of Chinese Art and Culture, and serves as its President. He is also Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. Mr. Woo has previously worked as an Economist for the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. He is on the board of directors of the Public Policy Forum, the Ontario Brain Institute, and the Vancouver Academy of Music. He is also on the Global Council of the Asia Society and the Advisory Board of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and the Mosaic Institute. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada-Asia relations.