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Hugh Stephens

Hugh Stephens


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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.


Stephens holds a Master of Arts in History (1969) from Duke University, a Bachelor of Education (1970) from the University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History (1967) from the University of British Columbia. He also has a Certificate in Mandarin (1977) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was awarded the Kelly New Teacher Award in 2016.