Mr. Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, he is currently Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CanCPEC). After serving for a number of years as Senior Vice President, Public Policy (Asia Pacific), for Time Warner, where he was based at the company’s Asia regional headquarters in Hong Kong, Mr. Stephens until recently continued to serve Time Warner in an advisory capacity as Senior Advisor on Public Policy for Asia Pacific and Canada. Mr. Stephens has extensive experience in dealing with media and IT industry issues (protection of intellectual property, improved market access, regulatory issues) in China, India, SE Asia, Korea/Japan and elsewhere in Asia.
Mr. Stephens has been an active leader in a number of regional business organizations. Until recently he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the US National Center for APEC and is a past Executive Committee Board member of the US-Korea Business Council. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the US-ASEAN Business Council for a number of years. He is also a past Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Vice Chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, a coalition of more than 180 multinational companies engaged in strengthening IPR protection in China. He served two terms as a Governor of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia.
In February 2012, Mr. Stephens was appointed to a new position as Executive-in-Residence at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, in Vancouver. Executives in Residence are industry leaders with experience and knowledge on Asia who provide thought leadership through research, events and activities with the Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Vice President of the Victoria Branch of the Canadian International Council.
Prior to entering the corporate world with Time Warner in 2000, Mr. Stephens served for almost 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, reaching the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Communications in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa. He also served abroad as Canadian Representative in Taiwan (Director-General of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei), Counsellor and Charge d’affaires at the Canadian Embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad, Pakistan, among a number other overseas and headquarters assignments, including service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Mandarin language training in Hong Kong.
Mr. Stephens was educated at UBC (BA-Hons), University of Toronto (B.Ed) and Duke University (MA), and has a Certificate in Mandarin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY HUGH STEPHENS
Canada’s Progressive Trade Agenda and a Free Trade Agreement with China: Are They Incompatible?
USMCA’s fine print giving U.S. the right to veto Canada-China trade deal is a major setback
Post-G20 Discussion: Trudeau and China