Canada-Taiwan Enduring Ties


August 30, 2021

In this episode of The Global Exchange, you will hear Winston Wen-yi Chen, followed by The Hon. John Manley, Meredith Lilly, VAdm (ret’d) Bruce Donaldson, and Maureen Boyd discuss Canada-Taiwan relations.

This episode is an extract from CGAI’s webinar on Canada-Taiwan relations, made possible thanks to the support of our strategic sponsors Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, and thanks to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

Read our 2021 Taiwan Series publications.

Participant Biographies:

  • Winston Wen-yi Chen assumed his duties as head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Ottawa in June 2018, becoming the tenth Representative in Canada since the Office was established in 1992. Previously, he served in Ottawa (1992-1996) when the office was first established and in Toronto as Director-General of TECO from 2011 to 2013.
  • The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., is the chair of CGAI’s Advisory Council.  Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Manley has received honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Western Ontario and Windsor.
  • Meredith Lilly is an Associate Professor at Carleton University where she holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs focused on trade policy. Dr. Lilly is a national award-winning researcher with extensive experience in public policy development and executive branch decision making. She previously served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and oversaw within the Prime Minister’s Office the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, South Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership among other files. Her current research is focused on international labour mobility and Canada-US trade relations.
  • Vice-Admiral (Retired) Bruce Donaldson served for 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Royal Canadian Naval Officer. Bruce was the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from July 2010 until his retirement in September 2013. Since retiring from the CAF and relocating to Victoria BC, Bruce has worked with CFN Consultants, a leading consultancy firm specializing in defence and security issues. He is also one of two Board-appointed members of the Royal Roads University Board of Governors, and he chairs the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Greater Victoria.
  • Maureen Boyd is the Founding Director of Carleton University’s Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement, where she provides outreach and policy orientation to parliamentarians and diplomats, including orientation for newly elected Members of Parliament and annually for newly arrived diplomats to Canada. She is chair of the Parliamentary Centre and a member of the International Women's Forum and of Politics and the Pen. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. 

Host Biography:

  • Colin Robertson is a former diplomat, and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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