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Conference 2023

February 21-23, 2023  |  Singapore  |  #CIAC2023
With generous support from:
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The Conference

Bringing together Canada-connected individuals and organizations in Asia.

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Universities Canada are working together to deliver a world-class event in February 2023 – the Canada-in-Asia Conference – to catalyze a new and transformative phase of Canada-Asia engagement.

This conference of up to 500 participants will draw together Asia-based Canadian university alumni and major Canadian actors in Asia’s business and innovation landscape, with the potential to represent the most extensive people-to-people and institutional linkages across Canada and Asia to date.



Keynote speakers and panellists will be drawn from leading minds and power-players in Canada and Asia, including senior ministers, current and potential Nobel-laureate researchers, dynamic business leaders, and cultural figures.

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Keynote Speakers

Donna Strickland

Lily Kong

Parag Khanna

President and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018 & Professor, University of Waterloo

Global Strategy Advisor & Bestselling Author


Professor Kong is SMU’s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 22-year-old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU, Vice Provost, and Vice-President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios).

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Dr. Donna Strickland is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. Donna was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a member of the technical staff at Princeton University.


Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveller, and bestselling author. He is Founder & CEO of Climate Alpha, an AI-powered analytics platform to forecast asset values and future-proof global real estate, and Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario-based strategic advisory firm.

CIAC 2023 Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker

Fairmont Singapore Raffles City Convention Centre 

February 22  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Stamford Ballroom

CIAC 2023 Lunch Plenary Keynote Speaker: Photonics as the Technology of the 21st Century

Fairmont Singapore Raffles City Convention Centre 

February 22  |  12:30 p.m.  |  Stamford Ballroom

CIAC 2023 Gala Dinner Keynote Speaker: Canada's Opportunity in the Asian Future

Fairmont Singapore Raffles City Convention Centre

February 22  |  7 p.m.  |  Stamford Ballroom

Moshe Safdie

Architect, Urban Planner, Educator, Theorist, & Author

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Over a celebrated 50-year career, Moshe Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design through a comprehensive and humane design philosophy. Moshe’s projects can be found in North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

CIAC 2023 Day 2 Plenary Keynote Speaker: Quest for Habitation


Fairmont Singapore Raffles City Convention Centre

February 23  |  9:45 a.m.  |  Stamford Ballroom