Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council

ABLAC LogoThe Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council (ABLAC) comprises a high-level group of Asian and Canadian business leaders convened annually by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to identify and articulate opportunities for improved Canada-Asia business engagement.

Council membership is represented across Canada and more than 10 Asia Pacific economies, and annual meetings are held in cities throughout Canada and Asia. Launched in 2016, ABLAC has emerged into a critical forum to catalyze dialogue and action.

ABLAC2024 in Vancouver
Members of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council pose for a 'family photo' in Vancouver, Canada on March 26, 2024.

ABLAC 2024 was held in Vancouver, Canada under the theme, Business Resilience and Partnerships in an Increasingly Turbulent World, and featured 20 members of the international Council alongside leaders from government, business, and academia from Canada and across Asia.

ABLAC Members and special guests were invited to engage in various panel discussions addressing the risks and opportunities for Canada’s engagement in the region, given the strategic challenges it faces. These sessions helped generate recommendations discussed at the Closing Plenary Session and detailed in a summary report available soon. 


Highlights and interviews from APF Canada's 2019 ABLAC meeting.


Current Members



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