Message from the Chair

I’m delighted to present the 2018 annual report of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (“CanCham”) to you, our valued members, and to the greater Canadian business community of Shanghai. I am both honored and privileged to serve with an exceptional group of board members – supporting Canadian business and community interests in Shanghai and building on the foundation established through the years by our passionate members, and previous board members. Our community of more than 500 individual members and 167 of corporate members remains close knit and strong. We look forward to continuing our efforts to provide the support our members need when doing business in Shanghai.

Looking back, 2018 proved once again be another successful year for CanCham. A few of the highlights include::

  • Hosting the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance;
  • Our Canada Day showcase, an annual event that brought together over 1,300 people this year from the local and Canadian communities to experience all the hospitality and culture Canada has to offer;
  • Receiving Montreal and Atlantic province delegations to the first-ever China International Import Expo;
  • Conducting more than 40 events over the course of the year, including business events such as the “E-commerce Seminar” and “Grant Thornton Tax Seminar” to help our business leaders stay on top of local matters; and,
  • Continuing to facilitate community driven marquee, networking events like the Annual Maple Leaf Ball and Christmas Dinner.

As we move forward into 2019, we look forward to enhancing our value added involvement with key events and will focus on expanding our membership base through personal outreach and social media. Our new website is set to launch next month and we anticipate it will serve as an effective communication tool for our local community and international community. When coupled with our existing WeChat account and newsletters, we will be well positioned to expand the effectiveness of our communication with all our members and prospective members.

Our success would be impossible without the tireless efforts of the Canadian Consulate, led by our Consul General Weldon Epp, to promote, inform, introduce and facilitate the tremendous opportunities Shanghai has to offer, across all sectors of industry for Canadian companies.

Thank you to all our members and platinum members Air Canada, BMO, Canpotex, CN, Manulife-Sinochem and Westbank.

Thank you to the Executive Team of CanCham and our Executive Director Helene Larochelle, who has served the Canadian community in Shanghai in an exceptionally diligent and effective manner these past 3 years. Helene will be relocating to Australia and we will shortly be announcing her replacement.

And finally, thank you to the Board of Directors for taking the time to serve the community and CanCham.

In closing, time certainly does move quickly in Shanghai. If feels like just yesterday when 5 years ago I sat in my first board meeting with Cancham. This year will mark the end of my tenure as a both board member and Chairman as per our constitutional guidelines. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed my involvement with the Chamber and the people I met and collaborated with over the years. I look forward to continuing my support of both our new board and Chairman, as they move forward to execute their vision of how to cultivate a thriving Canadian community in Shanghai.

Jim Athanasopoulos
CanCham Chairman

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
    Weldon Epp
    Consul General of Canada in Shanghai
  • Vice-chair Ex-Officio
    Jean Christian Brillant
    Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai
  • Treasurer
    Wendy Wang
    Trust Manager Sichuan Trust
  • Vice Chair
    Jackie Greenizan
    Global Channel Manager Fonterra Greater China
  • Director
    Jean-Francois Lepine
    Director Quebec Offices in China
  • Director
    Eunice Wang
    Vice-President Head of Personal Banking Services, Shanghai Branch, BMO Financial Group
  • Director
    Kai Zhang
    President and CEO Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co. Ltd
  • Director
    Donghai Du
    Managing Director China Canpotex Limited
  • Director
    Frank O’Brien
    Executive Vice-President Asia Pacific Region Magna International Inc.
  • Director
    Russel Aydin
    International Counsel Jade & Fountain
  • Director
    Maggie Wang
    Managing Director Asian Operations Westbank
  • Director
    Tony Jaw
    Executive Director SQI Company Inc

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.

 

  • Mark Ceolin
    Council Chair
    CEO of Red Gate International
  • Colin Bogar
    Council Vice-Chair
    Managing Director MG Pacific
  • Stuart Mercier
    Vice President
    Bookfield Asset Management
  • Olivier Brault
    General Manager
    Soprema(Shanghai) Construction Materials Trade
  • Robert Martin
    CEO
    Robert Martin Associates
  • Richard Choi
    Chief Representative
    Saskatchewan China Trade & Investment Office
  • Sean Goff
    General Manager(Asia)
    CN
  • Anthony Fong
    Consultant
    Liburdi Engineering Ltd.
  • Guy Mills
    CEO
    Manulife Insurance Hong Kong
  • Winston Kan
    Managing Director
    The Government of Alberta Beijing Office
  • Olivia Zhou
    Board Director
    EHC Global
  • Bryce Jenner
    CEO
    True Legend Hospitality Group
  • Alan Lu
    Country Manager of Petro Canada