The Canadian Club of Toronto

The Canadian Club of Toronto

October 26, 2006 12:49 ET

Yuen Pau Woo, President and Co-CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to Address Canadian Club of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 26, 2006) -

Attention: Assignment, Business and Photo editors

WHO: Yuen Pau Woo

WHAT: The impact of rising Asia can be felt from corporate boardrooms
to constituency offices and from corner stores to shop floors.
On the positive side rising Asia means investment opportunities
and cheaper products from the region. On the negative side,
rising Asia presents a competitive threat and the potential
of increasing job losses from the relocation of production.
Canadians are attuned to the economic rise of Asia, but wonder
what it means for them.

Is Canada ready to embrace a future in which Asia will play a
much more important role? Will the Conservative government
look beyond continental priorities to build new diplomatic and
commercial bridges? Are Canadian firms prepared to do business
across a vast ocean, under rapidly changing conditions? Most
importantly, are Canadians ready to see this country as part
of the Asia Pacific region and are they willing to invest in
the skills, knowledge, and networks that will make Canada a
credible and effective player in the region? We'll tackle
these questions and more on October 30th.

WHEN: 1 p.m. luncheon address - Monday, October 30, 2006

WHERE: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Upper Canada Room (18th floor)

BACKGROUND: Mr. Woo was born in Malaysia and grew up in Singapore. He is on
the board of the Standards Council of Canada and the Pacific
Economic Cooperation Council. He is also Senior Advisor to the
Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre and Adjunct Professor
at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian
Research. Mr. Woo was educated at Lester B. Pearson College,
Wheaton College, the University of Cambridge, and the
University of London. The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is
based in Vancouver.

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