Earl Drake

Earl Drake is a former Canadian ambassador to China and Indonesia, president of the Canada China Business Council, and project director of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. He is currently a director of Silvercorp Metals, Inc., China’s leading silver producer, and an honorary professor at UBC's Institute of Asian Research.

Earlier in his government career, he served as the senior Canadian representative to the OECD in Paris and to the World Bank in Washington, as assistant deputy minister at the Department of External Affairs, as vice-president of CIDA in Ottawa and as a diplomat in Karachi and Kuala Lumpur.

He is the author of A Stubble-Jumper in Striped Pants: Memoirs of a Prairie Diplomat (1999), and Gayatri Rajapatni: The Woman Behind the Glory of Majapahit (2014). Both books are also available in Bahasa Indonesia versions.

His wife, Monica, is a communications professional with an international background. His son, David, is a former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt.

Previously taught:

  • Canada's History of Distinctive Asian Policies Since 1945 (55+)   PLUS178
  • Canada-China Relations From Mao to Now (55+)   SCFC531
  • China, Old and New, and the "Foreign Barbarian" (55+)   SCFC846   PLUS353
  • Discovering China’s Silk Road (55+)   SCFC663
  • Encounters with Leaders on the World Stage: Global Diplomacy Revealed (55+)   SCFC586
  • From Factotum in Karachi to Ambassador in Beijing (55+)   SCFC760
  • Unity in Diversity: Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (55+)   PLUS125
  • A Retired Diplomat's Candid Report on His Encounters with World Leaders (55+)   PLUS266

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