Vancouver: Engaging Asia – Understanding the Value of Trade Between East and West

July 27, 2017 all-day
Segal Graduate School of Business - Simon Fraser University
Room 2800 (2nd floor) - 500 Granville Street

MES Vancouver is pleased to inform you of the following informational event that is being hosted by the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies (a joint venture of between Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada):

Engaging Asia: Understanding the Value of Trade Between East and West



A.J. Nichols

Chief Representative – Beijing Office, General Manager – Corporate Affairs
Vale SA


Second only to our neighbors to the south, Asia is no doubt a major trade partner of Canada’s. Based in Beijing, Brazilian mining company Vale SA’s Chief Representative in Corporate Affairs A.J. Nichols, will share key statistics and observations affecting trade between Asia, Canada and Brazil. He will discuss the importance of East-West trade and the value proposition of deepening Canada’s understanding of Southeast and East Asia.

The talk will be conducted following Chatham House Rules. Participants may use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed



A.J. Nichols is the Chief Representative of Vale’s Beijing office and General Manager for Corporate Affairs. He leads Vale’s China Corporate Affairs team in the strategic planning, deployment and management of national as well as regional and international affairs issues, policy and regulatory matters, as well as stakeholder relations with governments, non-government entities and the international community throughout the region.

Prior to moving to Beijing in July 2014, A.J. served as the inaugural Head of Corporate Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region for Vale S.A based in Singapore as well as Director of International Relations and Corporate Affairs for Vale’s Base Metals business in Toronto from 2007-2012.

Prior to joining Vale in November of 2007, A.J. had a distinguished career in international public affairs, government relations and advocacy. He served as a Political/Economic Affairs Officer and Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City where he developed pioneering and innovating new projects aimed at enhancing the profile of Canada and the Canadian-American relationship with various government, private and non-profit sector stakeholders. After his positions in New York he served as the Chief of Staff to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States in Washington D.C.

A.J. hails from Trail, British Columbia and has two degrees from Dalhousie University (Halifax) including a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Masters in Business Administration.


Thursday July 27, 2017
11:00am – 1:30pm



10:45 am – Registration
11:00 am – Presentation and Q&A
12:00 pm – Luncheon


Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University

500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 2800 (situated on the 2nd floor)

Venue & Location

The seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Wednesday, July 26, to secure your place. Please RSVP by replying to HERE if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend. So we can best service all who are interested and able to join us at this upcoming event please register for it if you are confident that you are able to attend it. Thank you for your interest and understanding.


Thank you to our sponsor, Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, for providing the space!


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