Stewart Beck

Canada-Asia Foreign and Trade Policy Expert

Stewart Beck is the former President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining AFP Canada, Stewart served as the Canadian high Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China.

In Ottawa, he held a number of progressively more senior positions, including Director General of the North Asia Bureau, Director General Responsible for Senior Management and Rotational Assignments, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Business Development, Investment, and Innovation. Stewart was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco. He served as Head of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service and is an expert on trade and investment issues with wide ranging ties into the Canadian government and private sector at the highest level.

Stewart is also a corporate governance expert and shaped the APF to align more with Canadian business and financial interests. In the not-for-profit sector, he is the Chair of the Governance Committee for the Board of Canada’s Digital Supercluster and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Board Venture for Canada. He is also a member of the Nominations Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency.