Yuen Pau Woo

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The Honourable
Yuen Pau Woo
Senator for British Columbia
Assumed office
Appointed by Justin Trudeau
Personal details
Political party non-affiliated

Yuen Pau Woo (Chinese: 胡元豹) is a Canadian academic who served as the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a Vancouver-based think-tank on Canada-Asia relations, until August 11, 2014.[1] In October 2016, he was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent.

Early life, education and previous work[edit]

Woo was born in Malaysia.[2] He grew up in Singapore and was educated at Wheaton College, Lester B. Pearson College, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. Woo has previously worked as a consultant on international marine affairs and as an economist for the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. He has also served on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and as an adviser to the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre and the Asian Development Bank.

In December 2008, Woo was appointed by the Premier of British Columbia to the province's Economic Advisory Council.[3]

Current positions and affiliations[edit]

Woo was most recently the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He is a member of the Greater Vancouver Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, on the Global Council of the Asia Society in New York,[4] a board member of the Public Policy Forum, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Mosaic Institute.[5]

He is also on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs.[6] At the time of his appointment to the Senate, Woo was a senior fellow in public policy at the Asian Institute of Research at the University of British Columbia.[2]

Areas of research[edit]

Woo's research focuses on Asia, and Canada's relations with Asia. He publishes papers on topics ranging from Chinese investment [7] to Asian regionalism.[8] He also writes opinion-editorials.[9]


On October 27, 2016, Woo was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Bryden, Joan (October 27, 2016). "Justin Trudeau set to name nine new senate appointments". Global News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Office of the Premier. "B.C.'S ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL". Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Global Council". Asia Society. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "mosaicinstitute". mosaicinstitute. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Yuen Pau Woo". Asia Pacific. 
  7. ^ http://economics.ca/2006/papers/0892.pdf
  8. ^ Asian Regionalism, Canadian and Indian Perspectives. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  9. ^ . Toronto https://web.archive.org/web/20090629101448/http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/article973679.ece. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

  • Official Biography [1]