First-ever International Conference in Canada on Security and Geopolitical Issues in the Indo-Pacific Convenes in Vancouver January 22-23, 2020

January 15, 2020 – The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Charting a Common Approach international conference is the first of its kind in Canada to facilitate a dialogue on geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific and will convene January 22-23, 2020 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, with the support of government and private sector partners, this invitation-only forum will serve as a venue for informed scholarship and policy discussion to develop a strategy and response to regional issues surrounding the Indo-Pacific, an emerging geopolitical construct that extends from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.

Speakers and Special Guests include:

  • Admiral (Retired) Scott H. Swift – Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies; Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Ambassador Yasuhisa Kawamura – Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Canada
  • Elissa Golberg –Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy – Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hornung – Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Professor Yuichi Hosoya – Professor, Keio University
  • Ambassador Abdul Kadir Jailani – Ambassador, Republic of Indonesia to Canada
  • David Welch – University Research Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo
  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller – Senior Visiting Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Elina Noor – Visiting Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
  • Dr. Joanne Wallis – Associate Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University
  • Deanna Horton –Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
  • Joe Armstrong – Vice President, Global Business Operations, Products and Solutions, CAE Canada
  • Steve Dechka – Co-Chair, Japan-Canada Chambers Council
  • Dr. Kristi Govella – Assistant Professor, Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawaii
  • Prof. Masahiro Kawai – Representative Director and Director General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia
  • Jay Khosla – Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
  • Yuen Pau Woo –Canadian Senator
  • Dr. Nong Hong –Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies
  • Ambassador Tsuneo Nishida – Honorary Director, The Center for Peace at Hiroshima University
  • Dr. Eva Pejsova – Associate Fellow, French Foundation for Strategic Research
  • Natalie Sambhi – Executive Director, Verve Research; PhD Candidate, Strategic Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University

Media availability is limited and media representatives who wish to cover conference media opportunities must register by 1 pm PT (4 pm ET) on Friday, January 17, 2020 with valid media credentials.

Media Opportunities:

Event: Media availability; Luncheon Keynote Presentation featuring Admiral (Retired) Scott Swift, Former Commander, US Pacific Fleet.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Location:  Crystal Pavilion B & C, Pan Pacific Hotel, 300–999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC.

Time: 11:30 a.m. PT

Note: Media should arrive by 11:15 a.m. PT; lunch will be served to registered media only. Please be advised that space is limited.


Event: Photo opportunity/media scrum; ‘FOIP Conference Summary Statement’ with key conference stakeholders.

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Location: Atrium Boardroom, Pan Pacific Hotel, 300–999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC.

Time: 12:10 p.m. PT

Note: Media should arrive by 12: p.m. PT.  


Event: Pre-conference telephone interviews and onsite one-on-one interviews with FOIP 2020 speakers and special guests from Asia or Canada; available by special request only.

Date: January 17-21, 2020

Contact: APF Canada Communications Manager, Michael Roberts via subject line, FOIP 2020 Media Request.

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Michael Roberts
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada