Roundtable on the Future of Canada-Southeast Asia Relations

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and for several decades Canada has taken a keen interest. But the region is not without its challenges, which Canadian businesses and diplomatic representatives continue to navigate . . . 

On November 9th, 2017, CAPI hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of Canada-Southeast Asia relations featuring a distinguished panel of cross-sector experts: Canada and Southeast Asia: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities. Here is a photo/video gallery of the event.

group photo of panelists from CAPI roundtable on the future of Canada-Southeast Asia relations
A group photo of the roundtable panelists. Back (L-R): Andrew Doherty, Theressa Etmanski, Robyn Fila, Jim Boutilier, Dominique Spragg, Kai Ostwald, and Thanh Phan. Front: Phil Calvert, Victor V. Ramraj, and Hugh Stephens. Missing: Marie-Louise Hannan (appeared via video link)


  • Marie-Louise Hannan, Ambassador of Canada to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (via video link)
  • Hugh Stephens, Distinguished Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation and Principal at Trans-Pacific Connections; CAPI Associate
  • Jim Boutilier, Special Advisor on Asia-Pacific, Maritime Forces Pacific; CAPI Associate
  • Dominique Spragg, VP Strategic Planning, Viking Air
  • Andrew Doherty, Canada Director, Canada-ASEAN Business Council
  • Kai Ostwald, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs & the Department of Political Science, and Faculty Associate at the Institute of Asian Research, UBC
  • Robyn Fila, International Programs Manager, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria
  • Thanh Phan, PhD Candidate in Law & Society, Faculty of Law, and CIGI Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria
  • Theressa Etmanski, LLM Candidate in Law & Society, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria


  • Phil Calvert, CAPI Senior Research Fellow and former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand
  • Victor V. Ramraj, CAPI Director and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Professor of Law, University of Victoria

A clip of Marie-Louise Hannan, Canadian Ambassador to ASEAN, extolling the benefits of Canadian students gaining "Asia experience"

click to view the full poster and event program (pdf):

event poster