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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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).