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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

Moshe Safdie

Architect, Urban Planner, Educator, Theorist, & 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.

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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 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

CIAC 2023 Day 2 Plenary Keynote Speaker: Quest for Habitation


Fairmont Singapore Raffles City Convention Centre

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