Promoting Taiwan’s Role on the International Stage


September 27, 2021

In this episode of The Global Exchange, you will hear Ted Lipman, Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, and Scott Simon discuss how to include Taiwan in international organizations.

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

Participant Biographies:

  • Over a 37-year government career, Margaret McCuaig-Johnston served at the assistant deputy minister level at Canada’s Department of Finance, Natural Resources Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and has had senior management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and the Privy Council Office. For the last seven years of her government career, Margaret was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology. She has had close relations over the years with China on other matters such as energy technology, manufacturing, industrial development, industry associations, and think-tanks. She has visited China more than a dozen times since 1979. 
  • Scott Simon (Ph.D., McGill University, 1998), Co-holder of the Chair of Taiwan Studies at the University of Ottawa, has lived in Taiwan for ten years and returns annually for field research. His research interests include Indigenous rights, development, the contribution of Taiwan to the Indo-Pacific, Taiwan’s international status, and Canada-Taiwan relations. He has written three books and numerous articles about Taiwan. He does policy-oriented research as member of the Centre for International Policy Studies and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and as Senior Fellow at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Laurier Institute. 
  • Ted Lipman’s career has spanned over 40 years as an Asianist; in diplomacy, philanthropy, academia and culture. One of a handful of Canadian students in China during the Cultural Revolution, after completing studies at Peking University in 1976, Ted embarked on a 35 year diplomatic career. Highlights include appointments as Canadian Consul General in Shanghai, Minister/DCM in Beijing, Director/HOM of Canada’s trade office in Taipei, Director General for North Asia at Global Affairs HQ and Ted’s last diplomatic assignment, Canadian ambassador to both North and South Korea. Ted was also a visiting diplomatic fellow at the UBC Institute of Asian Research (Korean Studies). 
  • Colin Robertson is a former diplomat, and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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