Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, this event has been rescheduled for September 2020.

The China Institute of the University of Alberta will host its 10th annual “National Forum on Canada-China Investment and Trade” on September 18, 2020. The theme this year is “50 Years of Evolving Economic Relations”. This one-day event will bring together officials with responsibility for diplomatic and trade policies, industry leaders, and leading experts on trade and investment issues.

With evolving diplomatic issues in recent months, Canada-China relations have entered into uncharted waters of growing tension and complexity. While the two countries continue to maintain extensive and wide-ranging business and people-to-people ties, many in Canada have begun to wonder if political uncertainties will cool trade and investment and what can be done to mitigate the difficulties posed for business. The Forum this year aims to shed light on both the current challenges as well as the future course of Canada-China economic relations.

Confirmed speakers include:

Amb. Cong PEIWU, PRC Ambassador to Canada

Amb. Dominic BARTON, Canadian Ambassador to China

The Hon. Lloyd AXWORTHY, P.C., O.C., O.M., Former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada; Chair, CUSO International

Amb. Guy SAINT-JACQUES, former Canadian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Amb. Robert WRIGHT, former Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Nicholas LARDY, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and the China Review

WANG Yongzhong, Head of World Energy Centre, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Mark KRUGER, Opinion Editor, Yicai Global (Shanghai Media Group), Former Senior Policy Director, Bank of Canada

Jason KRIPS, Incoming President & CEO Alberta Forest Products Association

Yves TIBERGHIEN, Professor of Political Science, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research; Executive Director of the China Council, University of British Columbia

Weldon EPP, Director General, Global Affairs Canada (Asia Pacific)

Graham SHANTZ, President, Canada China Business Council

Deborah YEDLIN, Calgary Business Columnist, Chancellor of the University of Calgary

Gordon HOULDEN, Director, China Institute at the University of Alberta


Chatham House Rule will apply to encourage frank and robust discussion. A detailed programme will be available closer to the event.

For more information please contact Administrative and Event Coordinator Ms. Christine Bertok, by telephone at 780-492-1263 or by email at christine.bertok@ualberta.ca.