Biography of the Chair

Ms. ZHANG Kai was appointed as Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of Manulife-Sinochem in 2016. As the first Sino-foreign life insurance joint venture, Manulife-Sinochem has successfully built its footprint across 51 cities in 14 provinces in China. Kai is a member of Manulife’s Asia Division Executive Committee (ADEC).

Prior to joining Manulife-Sinochem, Ms. Zhang was Country Business Manager for Citi’s Consumer Bank in China and Executive Vice President of Citibank (China) Co., Ltd., responsible for wealth management business, credit card and consumer assets business. Previously, Ms. Zhang served as Chief Financial Office, Head of Franchise Development and Country Marketing Director at Citi China.

Ms. Zhang has over 20 years of financial services experience across North America and Asia. She joined Citi in 2004 in New York, as part of Citi’s Corporate Strategy amd M&A Group, and later took the role of Regional Head of Sales and Distribution with Citi Asia Pacific Consumer Bank in Singapore. Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Zhang worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an actuarial analyst with Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

Ms. Zhang holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She grew up in Nanjing, and returned to China in 2008, she is married with two children.


Board of Directors

CanCham Shanghai is led by a Board of Directors composed of 11 elected directors and 1 ex-officio director. The directors are either Canadian MNCs’ representatives or Canadian entrepreneurs running their own business in China. They represent Canadian industrial diversity and strength on the business scene in China. Board members are responsible for forming and driving the policies as well as providing guidance on all the activities of the Chamber.

  • Honorary President
    Dave Murphy
    Consul General of Canada in Shanghai
  • Vice-chair Ex-Officio
    Jean Christian Brillant
    Deputy Consul General & Senior Trade Commissioner
  • Chair of the Board
    Kai Zhang
    CEO & General Manager of Manulife-Sinochem
  • Vice-Chair of the Board
    Mikeal Charette
    President of Well Asia Group
  • Jean-Francois Lepine
    Directeur des Représentations du Gouvernement du Québec en Chine
  • Veronique Gong
    Chief Representative in Asia National Bank
  • Olivier Brault
    General Manager - Asia Pacific Soprema Canada
  • Tony Jaw
    Executive Director of SQI Company Inc.
  • Mark Ceolin
    President - Red Gate
  • Gabriel LAGUNES
    General Manager Asia at CN
  • Donghai Du
    VP Marketing North Asia Canpotex

Advisory Council:


Le conseil consultatif complète les connaissances et les compétences du conseil d’administration. Il contribue à l’efficacité de la gouvernance de la Chambre et renforce les relations avec les chefs de file du monde des affaires canadien en Chine.



  • Colin Bogar
    Council Chair
    Managing Director MG Pacific
  • Stuart Mercier
    Vice President
    Bookfield Asset Management
  • Robert Martin
    Robert Martin Associates
  • Richard Choi
    Chief Representative
    Saskatchewan China Trade & Investment Office
  • Anthony Fong
    Liburdi Engineering Ltd.
  • Winston Kan
    Managing Director
    The Government of Alberta Beijing Office
  • Olivia Zhou
    Board Director
    EHC Global
  • Bryce Jenner
    True Legend Hospitality Group
  • Alan Lu
    Country Manager of Petro
  • Kevin Tsui
    Managing Director
    North China, Trade & Invest British Columbia
  • Jim Athanasopoulos
    Executive Director
    IMAX China
  • Eunice Wang
    Vice President
    Bank of Montreal (China) Co. Ltd. Shanghai Branch