Rising to Meet
the Asia

The contributors in this section all share the view that Asia is central to Canada’s prosperity and economic future. The challenge is how to accelerate development of the economic, cultural and social links between Canada and Asia that will ensure that Canada plays a key role in the Asian century that is upon us. These are not old-style, bilateral relationships. They are dynamic, multi-stranded ties: Canada needs to establish itself at the heart of Asia as a hub nation, a facilitator and a source of new ideas, not just a traditional trading partner or resource provider.

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. He was McKinsey’s Chairman of Asia from 2004 – 2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000 – 2004. He is a widely published author and active participant in many international fora. Dominic is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision, and recently became a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council.


Dominic Barton

For the past 250 years, Canada’s deep and mutually beneficial economic links with its superpower neighbour to the south have stood as a cornerstone of our growth and prosperity. While the US will continue to be a major economic partner and critical ally for Canada, its hegemonic days are likely over. Over the decades to come, real growth rates in the west (with its aging populations, high debt, and slowing productivity growth) will continue to lag the east. Canada must therefore build links with the rising powers of Asia – in particular with China and India – as deep as those with its neighbour to the south.

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We need to act quickly and aggressively to develop a robust national economic strategy for Asia

The challenge for government policy is not just to “get it” but to “get ahead of it”

Yuen Pau Woo is President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Pau is an advisor to the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation. He is on the Global Council of the Asia Society in New York and is a board member of the Mosaic Institute. Since 2006, Pau has been coordinator of the State of the Region Report, the flagship publication of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. He is also on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs.


Yuen Pau Woo

The re-emergence of China as a global power is a subject that has found its way into the boardroom deliberations of corporate Canada and dinner conversations of Canadian families. Chinese-made goods dominate our stores and the fact that China is the world’s second largest economy is now widely recognized by Canadians.

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Rana Sarkar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council. He also serves as a Senior Fellow and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Previously, Rana was a co-founder and director of Rawlings Atlantic Limited, a cross border advisory firm, and Content Partners, a fast growing media promotions agency. He is a member of the advisory council of the Literary Review of Canada and the Mowatt Centre for Policy Innovation.


Rana Sarkar

For future historians it is a safe bet that the biggest story of the first decade of the 21st century will be the re-emergence of Asia – not 9/11 or the global financial crisis. The vertiginous numbers accompanying Asia’s roaring re-emergence inspire mixed reactions in the West: mostly fear and greed, but occasionally hope.

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Canada’s brand can also be enhanced by strategically associating with iconic, highly-visible projects in Asian countries

Rising to Meet the Asia Challenge


2011-12-06 22:51:37

Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on thorugh.