Biography of the Chair

ZHANG Kai
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager
Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co., Ltd

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
    Weldon Epp
    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
    President & CEO 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
  • Victor Cui
    CEO International ONE Championship

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.

 

 

  • Colin Bogar
    Council Chair
    Managing Director MG Pacific
  • Stuart Mercier
    Vice President
    Bookfield Asset Management
  • Robert Martin
    CEO
    Robert Martin Associates
  • Richard Choi
    Chief Representative
    Saskatchewan China Trade & Investment Office
  • Anthony Fong
    Consultant
    Liburdi Engineering Ltd.
  • 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
  • Kevin Tsui
    Managing Director
    North China, Trade & Invest British Columbia
  • Jim Athanasopoulos
    Executive Director
    IMAX China