Introducing our Speakers

Semi-Annual Symposium 2019: Market + Management Strategies will feature a bundle of experts and renowned speakers. We are pleased to welcome:

Scroll down (or click on the names above) to learn more about these compelling speakers, business people and experts on trade, leadership and international business. 


President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck 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. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.


CEO of CenterLine (Windsor) Limited

Michael Beneteau grew up with a family business that his father started along with a partner, in 1957. CenterLine (Windsor) Limited is a manufacturing company that specializes in custom designed Resistance welding machinery and related equipment. At age 15, he started working weekends and summers learning basic skills for operating mills and lathes, as well as, wiring of control panels. In 1983, Michael moved to the University of Waterloo to study Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management Science concurrently with the engineering degree. During co-op work terms, he worked at the General Motors Truck Plant in Oshawa and three different Magna facilities.

After graduation, in 1988, Michael joined the family business as a manufacturing engineer working his way up through the engineering department, plant operations, estimating, and general management. In 2000, the family became sole owners of the business. Since that time holding the position of CEO and overseeing significant growth in the business, operations have opened in Brazil, Mexico, USA, Germany, Romania, India and China. Current workforce stands at approximately 750 employees in Canada and 950 employees globally. CenterLine (Windsor) continues to focus on designing products in Canada and using satellite manufacturing locations to provide the same quality products our customers in NA have come to expect from CenterLine.

Michael and his wife are very proud of their four children who are finding their way as they pursue their interests in post secondary education. Their three daughters all did French exchange trips to Europe during their time in high school and have all developed an interest in travel. Michael’s primary hobby is aviation having purchased a small aerobatic aircraft (RV7) in 2015 and in the process of completing training as a recreational aerobatics pilot.


Expert on International Trade Policy and Law | Professor

(Ph.D., Columbia University) is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Professor of Government and Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University. He is an expert on international trade policy and law.

He serves as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC-16), a public-private group reporting to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.

He has addressed a wide variety of governments and international institutions, including the Advisory Centre on WTO Law, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the United Nations. He has testified before the US Congress on Airbus-Boeing litigation, and before the Canadian Senate on softwood lumber litigation.

He has consulted to Booz Allen Hamilton, Bell Canada, DCI Group, Frontier Strategy Group, Goruck, Health Canada, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey & Company, Monitor Group, Nomacorc, Philip Morris International, STI, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada, on behalf of which he addressed a NAFTA 2022 panel on dispute settlement.

He is the author of the book Trade Warriors, as well as articles in the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science, Fordham International Law Journal, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of World Trade, World Politics and World Trade Review. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the John M. Olin Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, Georgetown, Queen’s, Harvard, and Columbia. He served as co-editor of the journal Economics & Politics.

He has previously taught at Queen’s University and Harvard. He has received awards for teaching at all three institutions, including MBA Professor of the Module at Georgetown, the Executive MBA, AMBA, Cornell-Queen’s, and MBA Society Teaching Excellence awards at Queen’s School of Business, and Harvard’s Thomas Hoopes Teaching Prize. In 1997, he was nominated for the Joseph Levenson Teaching Award at Harvard for best junior faculty undergraduate professor. In 2004, he received the Frank Knox Teaching Excellence Award for the best undergraduate professor at Queen’s University. In 2010, Forbes Magazine named his course, “Business, Government and the Global Economy,” one of the Top 10 Most Innovative MBA courses in the United States.


Vice President and Country Head Magna India, Magna International Inc.


Partner, Future Workplace | Author

Kevin is Co-author of “THE FUTURE WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE”, an award-winning book that presents an actionable framework for meeting today’s toughest business disruptions head on. Recognized by Axiom for the Silver Award for the best business book for human resources and by the Community College Futures Assembly for their Bellwether award, the book guides readers step-by-step through the process of recruiting top employees and building an engaged culture, providing clear rules for rethinking, reimagining, and reinventing your organization. 

Kevin is the co-host of The Future Workplace Network, a US based membership community for HR executives. He regularly facilitates corporate workshops to help organizations ‘future proof’ their business and HR strategies based on the latest HR research insights.   

Kevin has previously coached on leadership effectiveness at the Harvard Business School and promotes entrepreneurial thought and action as an adjunct faculty member at Babson College.   Previously, Kevin has served as the practice head of a research consulting firm, in several executive roles at Sprint and as the CEO of an international telecom business. He lives in Boston, MA.


President & CEO, Canada-India Business Council

Kasi Rao is the President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council. He also was the Vice-President and Director for the Asia Pacific Foundation’s Toronto Office (2013-2017). Kasi Rao is a consultant & advisor based in Toronto providing guidance on India related strategies. In this capacity he advises corporations, universities, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, and, different levels of government. In 2005, he led a collaborative initiative relating to the automotive sector, as the founding Executive Director of the Beacon Project at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Immediately prior to this he worked for three-and-half years as the Director, Office of the President and CEO at BMO Financial Group. At the University of Toronto, where he worked for seven years, Rao served in a twin-pronged role: Director of the Office of the President and Director of Government Relations. He worked for the Province of Ontario in various capacities over a period of five years: Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Government in New York, Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, and, Special Assistant in Cabinet Office. He has a B.A from the University of Waterloo and an M.A from the University of Toronto. He obtained his primary and secondary education from schools in Gangtok, Bengaluru and New Delhi.