Advisory Council

The Advisory Council complements the knowledge and skills of the Board of Directors. It contributes to the effective governance of the Chamber and strengthens relationships with leaders in the Canadian business community in China.

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Mark Ceolin
Former Chair of CanCham Shanghai 2008-2011 CEO of Red Gate International

Mark Ceolin was Chair of CanCham Shanghai’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. During his tenure, the board underwent a transition which included the development of a CSR component, the addition of the Maple Leaf Ball as a yearly event, the re-naming and legitimization of CanCham Shanghai according to the requirements of local law, and placing the activities of CanCham in the media. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Mark was a faculty member at Ryerson University in Toronto; a position he resigned from to found Red Gate Culture and Communications (a Media-Communications company specializing in film, print and events management) in Toronto and Shanghai. He has lived and worked in Shanghai for six years, most notably co-producing with Shanghai TV and Shaanxi TV, co-founding Fringe Shanghai, and building a solid reputation in the creation of media products for local and international corporations doing business in China.

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Richard Choi
Former Executive Director of CanCham Shanghai 2008-2010 Chief Representative, Saskatchewan China Trade & Investment Office

Richard Choi, a Canadian originally from Shanghai, returned to China in 2004 after completing a Master of Arts degree in international policy and administration from Concordia University. He worked as a trade commissioner at the Canadian Consulate in Shanghai and the Quebec Office in Shanghai, respectively, before becoming the Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in 2008. Richard, also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from McGill University. He is currently the Chief Representative of the Saskatchewan China Trade and Investment Office.

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Robert Martin
CEO Robert Martin Associates

Robert Martin is the former Head of Asia for the BMO Financial Group. He is currently in the process of setting up Robert Martin & Associates, a consulting firm based in Shanghai. Since 1980, Mr. Martin has held a variety of positions at the Bank of Montreal in International Banking. In 1981 he was Account Manager, Financial Institutions, Tokyo, Japan. He was Regional Manager, Financial Institutions and Governments, Hong Kong Branch in 1984; Senior Manager Financial Institutions, Tokyo Branch, Japan in 1987 and Vice-President and Manager of the Seoul Branch, South Korea in 1989. In 1992 he was Managing Director of the Bank’s relationships with international financial institutions and governments in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Martin received his BA in French Literature from North Texas University in 1969, a Diplôme Supérieur in Chinese Language and Civilization from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 1976 and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Mr. Martin studied at the Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Center from 1976-78.

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Lawrence Nutting
Chief Distribution Officer Manulife International Limited

Lawrence Nutting is Chief Distribution Officer, Manulife (International) Limited. He heads up all Manulife’s distribution channels in Hong Kong, covering the agency force and partnership distribution including banks, brokers and independent financial advisors. Mr. Nutting plays a key role in further increasing Manulife’s distribution capacity in the territory.

With extensive expertise in distribution management, Mr. Nutting has more than 30 years of experience in insurance marketing. He joined Manulife Hong Kong as Assistant Vice President, Regional Agency Development and Training, Asia in January 2003, responsible for heading the Manulife University for agency-management development and regional-agency training functions.

He then transferred to Manulife-Sinochem in August 2004 as Vice President China Agency Development and subsequently General Manager of the Shanghai Branch. Under his leadership, the Branch became the leader in terms of agency sales in Shanghai among foreign-invested insurers.

Mr. Nutting holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master of Business Administration. He has received the designations of Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is also a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

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Nancy Pon
Sizzle Maker PZAZD

Nancy Pon, Sizzle Maker of PZAZD, creates experiential platforms. She is most widely known for being the face and founder of a multi-award winning health campaign which reached over 1 billion taxi riders in China’s first tier cities. Given her wealth of experiences and adventures, Nancy is a regular speaker for business, community and student groups about leadership, China insights, and harnessing one’s potential. In 2012, she was awarded the EPWS Women in Leadership Inspirational Superhero of the Year Award.

Ms. Pon has over 20 years of professional experience spanning transportation engineering to sporting and entertainment events, from hospitality to entrepreneurship, and from marketing to public service campaigns. Her event portfolio includes Tennis Masters Cup, Special Olympics World Summer Games, Rolling Stones and Elton John concerts.

She was one of the Founding Board members to establish the Cancham in 2008.

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Carley Pulford
Former Executive Director of CanCham Shanghai 2010-2014 COO at Tush Skivvies

Over the past decade, Carley has served in several leadership roles for various non-profits, businesses, and Canadian government organizations. In her previous role, Carley served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Now Tush Skivvies’ Sales and Marketing Director, Carley’s drive, intensity, and expertise is the fuel to the team’s high spirits and fervor.

Carley holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a double Minor in Spanish and Mandarin from Laval University.

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Fred Spoke
Managing Director Canada Wood China

Fred was appointed Managing Director of Canada Wood Ltd., based in Shanghai, in June 2008. He has an extensive background in China, dating back to 1987, including serving as Minister Counselor (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (1987-90) and has lived a total of more than 13 years in China. Fred was also the Executive Director of the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) (1998-2001) based in Toronto and served on CCBC’s Board in Shanghai and on the Board of CanCham Shanghai.. He has filled other overseas roles in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Peru, Guatemala and Brazil). In the private sector he has guided international clients in the development of their China strategies and was the General Manager for Victorinox China Ltd. (Swiss Army brand). Fred speaks reasonable mandarin Chinese as well as several other languages and holds an MBA degree from UBC (1977).

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Sharon Wong
Former Chair of CanCham Shanghai 2011-2012 Of Counsel, King Wood Mallesons

Born in Vancouver, B.C. but raised in Vancouver and Hong Kong, Sharon Wong graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Com and Dalhousie University with a LLB. She is admitted to practice law as a solicitor in British Columbia, Canada, and Hong Kong. She worked in the corporate securities group of the Canadian law firm Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) before moving to Shanghai to join the international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). At KWM, she practices corporate commercial work including foreign direct investments and regulatory compliance with a focus on employment matters. She was formerly President of the Association of Women in Finance in Vancouver, B.C. Sharon was also former Chair of the Canadian Alumni Committee (2008 – 2012), former board member (2009 – 2012) and Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (2011 – 2012). Sharon currently sits on CanCham’s Advisory Council.