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Canada’s Opportunities in the Indo-Pacific

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
11:30 AM
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Keynote Speaker:The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Government of Canada
Schedule:Registration & Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT Program: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT

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The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Hon. Mélanie Joly

The Indo-Pacific region comprises 40 economies, over four billion people, and $47.19 trillion in economic activity. It is also the fastest-growing region in the world and home to six of Canada's top 13 trading partners. By 2040, it is projected to account for more than half of the global economy. Vancouver's geographical proximity, deep cultural ties, and trade connections to the Indo-Pacific are generating local economic benefits and driving entrepreneurship in the region. As such, Canada's relationship with the Indo-Pacific is crucial to the country's long-term prosperity and economic success.

Join the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, as she shares a timely update on Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy, the federal government's vision for engagement with this strategic region and what Vancouver businesses need to know about these opportunities.

About the speaker:

The Honourable Mélanie Joly was first elected to represent Ahuntsic-Cartierville in the House of Commons in 2015. She has previously served as Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, and Minister of Canadian Heritage.

In her ministerial roles, Minister Joly has worked to promote Canadian culture, and to grow and increase the visibility of Canada’s tourism sector. She has also worked to safeguard Canada’s two official languages while promoting the use of French in Canada and around the world, including in the digital sphere.

Prior to entering federal politics, Minister Joly founded the Vrai changement pour Montréal party and ran for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner.

Minister Joly holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from the Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. She is the author of Changing the Rules of the Game, in which she shares her vision for public policy and civic engagement. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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