Gordon Houlden / @gordonhoulden
Director of the China Institute, University of Alberta
Professor Houlden is the Director of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He is also a Member of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Board of Governors. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, and served in Ottawa in the East Asian, China, Caribbean, Latin American and Defence Relations units. Abroad he has been posted to Havana, Hong Kong (twice), Warsaw, Beijing (twice - most recently as Minister 2001-2004), and as Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (2004-2006). Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian foreign service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada.