China’s Minister of Transport to address Canada-China cooperation at UBC Sauder School of Business conference on transportation corridors


Routes to the Next Economy: Second International Conference on Gateways and Corridors

Wednesday, November 17, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. 

Industry experts and key decision- and policy-makers, including China’s minister of transport and Alberta’s minister of international and intergovernmental relations, will explore catalysts that will improve Canada’s Asia-Pacific gateway and other transport corridors at an international conference hosted by the Sauder School of Business.

Conference highlights include the:

  • increasingly important role of Canada’s Pacific Gateway in reshaping relations with China;
  • strategic collaboration between Canada’s western Provinces;
  • impact of opening Arctic waters on international shipping;
  • push to emphasize Canada’s gateways as exits rather than entrances;
  • greening of supply chains.

China’s Minister of Transport Shenglin Li will speak at a conference session addressing Canada-China Cooperation on November 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Li will be joined by Stockwell Day, Treasury Board president and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.

Iris Evans, Alberta’s minister of international and intergovernmental relations will also speak at the conference about progress in the recently announced New West Partnership between B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, in a November 19 session running from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Creating a new economic zone with a combined GDP of more than $550 billion, this agreement creates Canada's largest interprovincial barrier-free trade and investment market and opens new doors to the flow of goods.

Prof. Paul Evans, Liu Institute for Global Issues and director of the Institute for Asian Research at UBC, will explore Canada’s future trade prospects with a global China in a session on November 17 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

“Concerted action and collaboration amongst key players in government and industry is required to secure Canada’s competitive advantage,” says Sauder School of Business Prof. David Gillen, director of the Centre for Transportation Studies, which organized the conference in collaboration with The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Research Consortium.

“This international forum will allow us to understand the vital forces at work in global trade and transport, so we can coordinate our efforts and restructure how we add value in Canada’s Pacific Gateway and other corridors,” says Gillen.

Routes to the Next Economy: Second International Conference on Gateways and Corridors is hosted by the Centre for Transportation Studies at the Sauder School of Business, in cooperation with the Organization for Western Economic Cooperation, the Van Horne Institute at the University of Calgary and the Asper School, University of Manitoba and is supported by Canada’s Pacific Gateway Initiative.

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