Anne Park Shannon is a former Canadian diplomat with a particular interest in Asia.
She joined the Department of External Affairs at the time when Canada recognized the Peoples’ Republic of China, and worked on that file.
Her first posting was in Malaysia and Burma. Followed by Japan, where she headedthe economic, trade policy and financial side of the Canadian Embassy during the booming 1980s.
After that she did a number of different things. The federal Finance ministry, where she became an Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development Policy. The United Nations, where she worked on environment and sustainable development and on human rights. The World Economic Forum (Davos). The Conference Board of Canada. The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF). The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
She now lives in Victoria, where she is an Associate of the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria.