Board member appointed first honorary consul general of Japan

Lisa Weighton

Royal Roads University Board of Governors member Dave Byng has been appointed as the first Honorary Consul General of Japan in Victoria. His role in the newly created position will be to assist in advancing trade and cultural relations between Japan and Canada in British Columbia.

Byng, a graduate of the Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Leadership program, has held a number of senior executive roles in his 37-year career in government. He has served as deputy minister in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and most recently as the deputy minister for education. He has extensive experience in international trade and foreign investment between Asia and BC.

“I see this new role as an extension of my public service career,” he says. “While I’ve been appointed by the government of Japan, I’m approaching the role as a Canadian and I’m thinking about how to maximize opportunities for both partners.”

Byng says the new role creates a platform to advance the relationship Canada enjoys with trading partners like Japan, one of BC’s top three partners in trade.

In addition to this honour, the Asia Pacific Foundation (APF) recently appointed Byng as a distinguished fellow to support Canada-Asia relations and policy. The APF is a Canadian not-for-profit committed to enhancing Canada’s relationship with Asia through action-oriented support.

Royal Roads University Chancellor and Board of Governors Chair Kathleen Birney says Byng’s global-minded thinking exemplifies Royal Roads’ approach to education.

“As a forward-looking university, we are always looking for ways to broaden and deepen our global connection to respond to the emerging needs of a changing world and workforce,” Birney says.

Byng began his five-year term as honorary consul general of Japan March 12.