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CCBC 39th AGM Policy Conference and Gala Banquet

CCBC's AGM Policy Conference and Gala took place in Toronto on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The sold-out event welcomed senior executives and Chinese delegates, and provided them with a platform to share their experiences and knowledge when doing business between Canada and China.

The day opened with guest speakers John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, LU Shaye, Ambassador of the PRC to Canada, and the Honourable John McCallum, Ambassador of Canada to the PRC.

Throughout the day, attendees heard from panelists who offered their insights and observations of business opportunities and possible obstacles facing bilateral trade and investment. During the breaks and meals, guests took advantage of the time to network and make new connections.


CCBC AGM Gala Banquet

The evening Gala began with a special message to CCBC and its guests from Prime Minister Trudeau.

Guests then heard from the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade. The Ministers discussed the government's direction for trade and investment with China as well as encouraged Canadian entrepreneurs and business people to grow the Canadian economy by actively pursuing the rapidly developing China market.

The Gala's featured guest speaker was Michael Evans, President and Director of Alibaba Group. Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director of CCBC, discussed Alibaba Group's influence on the China economy and its impact on the global business stage.
Mr. Evans explained to the audience how this influence and impact opens many new avenues for businesses that have yet to be explored.



During the day, five sessions and three breakout sessions focused on a variety of topics that addressed Canada-China investment, global brands, the digital economy, SMEs, cleantech, and education.

Lessons from the C-Suite
Canadian and Chinese CEOs reveal how they built their bilateral businesses, overcame challenges, and changed their worldview as their companies evolved.


Moderator (far left): 
The Honourable Stockwell Day
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP

Panelists (from left to right):
Barry McInerney
President and CEO, Mackenzie Investments

Nicholas Thadaney
President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Equity Capital Markets, TMX Group

Donald Walker
CEO, Magna



Session 1:
Internationalization of Chinese Companies

Chinese companies are not only investing abroad; they are becoming truly international, and with increasingly strong brands. Executives from several sectors talk about their journeys and the role Canada plays in their global footprint.

Moderator (far left): 

Ken Su
National Leader, China Business Network, PwC

Panelists (from left to right):

Jason Wang
President, China Zhongguancun Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (ZVCA)

Steve Lu
President, HUAWEI Technologies (Canada)

Holly Zheng
CEO and President, BlueFocus International



Session 2:
Seizing the China Market Opportunity: How Canadian Companies Can Succeed

Every business needs a China strategy. If you don’t have one, your competition will. Hear from Canadian companies in seafood, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare that are successfully selling to China.

Moderator (far left): 

Janet De Silva
President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Panelists (from left to right):

Don Holdsworth
VP Global Marketing, Clearwater Seafoods

Iain F. McColl
President and CEO, Hibar Systems Ltd.

Carrie Solmundson
President and CEO, Seven Oaks General Hospital



Session 3:
Investing in Canada – The Next Stage

Chinese investments in Canada tend to reflect China’s market needs, including those of the booming middle class. Canadian partnerships and acquisitions help Chinese investors internationalize and build capability which, in turn, grow the Canadian economy and develop new markets. Discover how Chinese investors contribute to Canada and to their sectors in unique ways.

Moderator (far left): 

The Honourable John R. Baird, P.C.
Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP
Global Strategic Advisor, Hatch Ltd.

Panelists: (from left to right)

Michael Liu
Head of Strategy and M&A, General Manager of International
Businesses, Xiwang Group

Terry Luo
Meridian Lightweight Technologies Inc.

Harry Wang
Chief Representative in Canada
China State Construction International Limited



Session 4:
China’s Digital Economy

China’s e-commerce, mobile payments, and sharing economy industries outpace those in North America. To be and remain competitive, Canadian exporters must use innovative e-commerce platforms to broaden their channels in China. China’s digital developments will also impact Canadian tech companies and financial service providers. This session will offer insight and advice for companies involved in the digital economy.

Moderator (far left): 

Ashleigh Au
China Business Consultant
Former Special Assistant to CEO, SOHO China

Panelists (from left to right):

Andrew Fang
Vice President
OTT Financial Group

Ben Ghalmi
Vice President, Overseas Markets
JUMORE E-Commerce Co., Ltd.

Sheyna Horowitz
Senior Business Development and Merchandising Manager



Sectoral Breakout Sessions

SME Training – Reaching Your Target Markets in China
This breakout session will help SMEs better understand how to approach China as a market. Topics will include how to build a China strategy; options for distribution channels, including B2C, B2B, and B2G; how to hire the right people and navigate China’s labor laws; structuring favorable contracts for selected sales channels and distribution networks.

Negotiation and Contractual Agreements
Carl Breau, CEO, Saimen (centre)

Experience from the Ground
Ron Chisholm, VP Asia-Pacific, ProSlide (left)

Government Support Options
Ryan Baerg, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner (right)
Consulate General of Canada, Shanghai

Moderator: Sarah Kutulakos



Cleantech Seminar
The Cleantech breakout session offers an opportunity for AGM participants in the cleantech sector to explore several themes, including how to form consortia to pursue projects in China, lessons from the field, how the Canadian government is leading sectoral development in China, and an overview of Guangzhou’s environmental needs in water and soil remediation.

Moderator: (far left)
Denis Leclerc, President and CEO, Écotech Québec

Cleantech in South China
Rachael Bedlington, Consul General, Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou

How Canadian Companies Can Form Consortia to Pursue Projects in China
Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor, Hatch Ltd.

Lessons From the Field
Stephen Jones, CEO, 4Deep
Paul Sheremeto, President and CEO, Pattern Discovery Technologies Inc.
Nicholas Parker, Founding Partner, Global Acceleration Partners

How the Canadian Government is Leading Sectoral Development in China
Zbigniew Twardowski and Qing Yu, NRCan: NRC-IRAP research overview: Wastewater treatment opportunities

In photo:
Dean Haslip, Director General, CanmetENERGY- Ottawa
Christopher Johnstone, Director General,Clean Technology and Clean Growth Branch, ISED
Lucie Desforges, Director General, Multilateral and Bilateral Affairs, International Affairs Branch



Education Strategy
In this interactive roundtable, universities and colleges will discuss how they are approaching China as part of their institution’s strategic plan and discuss the opportunities and challenges they face in working with China.

Pari Johnston, Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs
Universities Canada

Click here to see all the photos.