The second of four episodes to explore the Indo-Asia economy and Canadian export opportunities in agriculture and energy. The second episode features Gordon Houlden, Director Emeritus of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.
The series was produced by KEI Network for Troy Media.
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Bios of our moderator and today’s guest:
Gary Mar is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation. An accomplished and respected leader, Gary brings deep experience in government and business and established expertise in natural resources, trade and investment and human capital. Before joining CWF, Gary served as President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). Gary served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta from 1993 to 2007, where he held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations. He has also served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of Alberta at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015 and as an independent consultant for Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans-Pacific trade and investment.
Gordon Houlden Director Emeritus of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his thirty-two years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada, including five postings in China. He also served at the Canadian Embassy in Havana and Warsaw, and at Canada National Defence College. Before joining the University of Alberta in 2008, he was Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, responsible for Greater China, Japan, the Koreas and Mongolia.
Under Professor Houlden’s leadership, the China Institute focused on contemporary China studies, with an emphasis on Canada’s trade, investment and bilateral relations with the PRC and Asian security issues.
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