Cha-time with Dr. Stephen Nagy: A Tokyo insider’s view of what’s ahead for Western Canada and the Indo-Pacific post-‘two Michaels’

Canada West Foundation Webinar
Monday, November 1, 2021

Asia, and particularly the group of countries that is now being called the Indo-Pacific region, contains three of Canada’s current top trading partners (Japan, Korea and of course, China) along with almost all of the countries that have been targeted by the federal government for new trade agreement negotiations. From selective diversification of supply chains away from China to leadership changes in Japan and Korea to the Canada-China relationship post-return of the hostages, there is a lot on the plate that will affect Canadian and especially Western Canadian interests in the region.

Calgarian-abroad Dr. Stephen Nagy, an international affairs expert focusing on China-Japan-US relations and long-time friend of Canada West Foundation currently living and working in Tokyo, joins CWF’s Gary Mar, Carlo Dade and Sharon Zhengyang Sun in Calgary for a “cha-time” (teatime) conversation.

We invite you to join us virtually for this discussion as we talk through issues ranging from selective supply chain diversification; elections and new leadership in the region; and prospects for an expanded Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). We’ll also take questions.


Gary G. Mar, Q.C., President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

Carlo Dade, Director, Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation

Sharon Zhengang Sun, Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation


Dr. Stephen Nagy, Senior Associate Professor, International Christian University in Tokyo.

Dr. Stephen Nagy is a senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI), a Senior Fellow at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, and a visiting fellow with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). He is currently the director of policy studies for the Yokosuka Council of Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) and a governor for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ). He was a distinguished fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation from 2017-2020. He is also a Calgarian by birth and still calls the city home.

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