The Asia-Pacific region is a major focus for the Vancouver Economic Commission, which is why we've established a dedicated centre that connects entrepreneurs to opportunities.
The VEC views the Asia Pacific through a unique lens, and has adopted a dedicated approach to fostering business ties with the region. The difference in the VEC’s approach to leveraging the opportunities presented through Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway is the belief that relationships and trust must come first. Only then can successful business ventures follow. Reflecting the region’s importance to Vancouver and its economic future, we have established a team that is fully dedicated to building these critical relationships within the region.
Established in January 2014, the VEC’s Asia Pacific Centre (also known as the APC) is the “go-to” resource for building and strengthening ties with the region’s markets, customers and investors. Its mandate is to:
- Build effective support networks in destination markets. This is achieved, first and foremost, by leveraging existing infrastructure and resources such as governments, industry associations, technology parks and trade shows, and then filling gaps where necessary. As an example of what we do, read about our work with the Korean Business Community.
- Identify and build relationships with Asian investors already doing business in Vancouver. Only by fostering these connections can the VEC better understand their investment interests and make appropriate introductions to local companies.
- Build local company profiles. Here, the objective is to connect companies and investors or potential business partners on both sides of the Pacific, which also involves understanding the specific export and capital needs of each company.
Beyond bridging any gaps between the region’s investment interests and Vancouver-based opportunities, the Asia Pacific Centre’s activities align closely with the VEC’s work in growing key sectors of Vancouver’s knowledge economy — namely, Technology, Digital Entertainment & Interactive (DE&I), and the Green economy. The Centre and its team regularly help companies in other sectors that are interested in locating here or doing business with Vancouver-based companies.