Hugh Stephens

Associate faculty


Hugh Stephens has more than 35 years of government and business experience in the Asia-Pacific region. He has written several monographs for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary where he is an executive fellow. His writing on international trade issues between Canada and Asia has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Inside Policy, The Conversation and iPolitics. He currently writes a weekly blog on international copyright issues.


Before returning to Canada from Hong Kong in December 2009, Stephens was senior vice-president (public policy) for Asia-Pacific at Time Warner for nearly a decade. Prior to joining Time Warner, he spent 30 years in the Canadian Foreign Service with the Department of External Affairs. His last Ottawa assignment was as assistant deputy minister for policy and communications in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also served as Canadian representative in Taiwan, and counsellor and charge d’affaires at the Canadian embassies in Seoul, Korea and Islamabad.



Master of Arts in History

Duke University

Bachelor of Education

University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Arts in History

University of British Columbia

Certificate in Mandarin

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Kelly New Teacher Award

Royal Roads University