Asia Pacific Business Intelligence for Boards

Live Online Webinar – Wednesday November 6th 2019, 2:00 PM EST

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Canadian boards must add Asian expertise to capitalize on new global opportunities. As a commodity-based economy, Canadian businesses’ approach to Asia has historically been driven by input demand and global prices. This approach needs to change. By 2030, Asia is projected to represent between 45 and 50 percent of the world’s GDP. With approximately 4.5 billion people expected to live in the Asia Pacific by 2030, the region will be home to 66 percent of the world’s middle class.

The Canadian opportunity goes well beyond Asian demand for resources and we need to be prepared to better engage with the region. Boards of directors are intricately involved in strategy setting and execution. So why are Canadian boards less focused on Asian strategies for their companies than the robust opportunities suggest they should be?

Building Asia competency on Canadian boards is essential if Canadian businesses are to play an important economic role in Asia. “Asia competence” means having a broad knowledge of the history, geography, culture and traditions of Asia.

Join ICD, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, for a one-hour webinar that will deliver impactful Asia Pacific business intelligence for directors. Discussion topics will include:
  • Intelligence for Canadian organizations doing business, or interested in doing business, in Asia
  • Insights, motivations and challenges, gathered from a multinational business survey of Asian leaders conducting business in Canada
  • An overview on investment from Asia, including global context setting, Canadian views and key factors that could impact corporate decision making at the domestic level
  • Unique areas of opportunity for Canadian businesses, as identified in survey data
  • The value of having Asian expertise on Canadian boards


Rahul Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D
President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Corporate Directors



Stewart Beck
President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, ICD.D
Chair of the Board, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and Executive Advisor, International, Deloitte Canada


Alison Nankivell, CFA
Board Member, Institutional Limited Partners Association and Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling, BDC Capital, Business Development Bank of Canada