Are you interested in deepening meaningful engagement between Canada and Asia, at this globally transformative time in terms of geo-politics, society, and the environment? Are you an experienced, senior leader with the ability to influence and impact international trade, ideas, and culture? If so, we are delighted to share this unique and important opportunity to lead the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) as their new President & CEO.
Based in Vancouver, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is internationally regarded as Canada’s leading organization for research, analysis, consultation, and collaboration on Canada-Asia relations. Created over 30 years ago by an Act of Parliament, APF Canada’s unique mandate and non-profit structure enables the Foundation to be an effective, non-partisan catalyst for holistic engagement with Asia that embraces trade, innovation, sustainability, arts, and culture. APF Canada is committed to strengthening, research, policy and strategy development through stakeholder dialogue, high level events, roundtables, missions, and other activities to advance relationships.
To lead this vitally important organization, the Board is seeking a President & CEO to provide vision, strategy, leadership, and stewardship to the Foundation. The President & CEO will be the national spokesperson of the Foundation, building the profile of APFC nationally and internationally, interfacing extensively with Governments, institutions, universities, and the corporate community in Canada and Asia. An informed Asia-Watcher, the new President & CEO will seek out meaningful ways in which to engage and connect Canada with Asia, advising the federal government and key stakeholders, corporations, and related non-governmental organizations, on matters of public policy relating to Asia. Driving revenue generating activities, sponsorship, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the Foundation will be a core responsibility of the new leader. Diplomatic, inclusive, and collaborative, he or she will lead, inspire, and motivate staff across the Foundation.
To qualify, you demonstrate proven leadership skills in successfully running a high-profile organization. You have a track record in strategy creation and execution in complex political environments. You have credibility with high-level stakeholders and relevant networks in Asia and Canada. You bring understanding and engagement across public and private sectors. Innovative and resourceful, you have strong commercial acumen and can identify emerging issues, seize new opportunities, and create impact with limited resources. You are a progressive leader that builds high-performing teams and fosters collaboration, inclusivity, and mutual respect. You are attuned to the Asia region and passionate about forging international alliances. High emotional intelligence, diplomacy, cultural sensitivity, and excellent communications skills are required. Proficiency in French or Asian languages would be extremely beneficial. This role is based in The Foundation’s headquarters in Vancouver, BC – relocation assistance will be provided.
This is an outstanding and high-profile opportunity for an innovative and engaged executive with exceptional stakeholder engagement and leadership experience. If you meet the criteria above and are interested to explore, we look forward to hearing from you.
Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online ideally by March 22, 2021 at https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/16910. For more information, please contact Elaine Grotefeld or Joanne McMullin of Odgers Berndtson. Thank you for your interest.
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Odgers Berndtson are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace; we welcome applications from all demographics including women, racially visible individuals, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ+ persons.
In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.