Yuen Pau Woo
Yuen Pau Woo
|Facilitator of the|
Independent Senators Group
|Assumed office |
September 25, 2017
|Preceded by||Elaine McCoy (Interim)|
|Senator for British Columbia|
|Assumed office |
November 10, 2016
|Nominated by||Justin Trudeau|
|Appointed by||David Johnston|
|Born||March 2, 1963|
|Political party||Independent Senators Group|
Yuen Pau Woo (Chinese: 胡元豹) (born March 2, 1963) is a Singaporean-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. In October 2016, he was named to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent.
Early life, education and previous work
Woo was born in Malaysia. He grew up in Singapore and was educated at Anglo-Chinese School, 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.
Current positions and affiliations
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 City, a board member of the Public Policy Forum, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Mosaic Institute.
He is also on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs. 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.
Areas of research
On October 27, 2016, Woo was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit as an independent. He assumed his seat on November 10, 2016. Woo was elected facilitator of the non-partisan Independent Senators Group caucus in the Senate on September 25, 2017.
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