Jack Austin is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Asian Research, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Jack Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia and has championed stronger relations between Canada and Asia.
In 1971, as the Serving Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, he was part of the first Canadian trade mission to China. He later served as President of the Canada China Business Council and Co-Chair of the Canada China Legislative Association. Senator Austin was awarded Order of Canada for his contribution in Canada-China relation, and was also instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
He serves as an Honorary Professor of IAR, as well as the Co-Chair of the UBC China Council.