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.

Honourary President

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Weldon Epp
Canadian Consul General in Shanghai

Weldon Epp  joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996 as a foreign service officer, working first with the China and Mongolia Division and the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division. In Ottawa, Mr. Epp has also served in the Assignments Division and as director of the Policy Research Division. Abroad, he served in Beijing as second secretary and vice-consul, in Taipei as director (political/economic), in Jakarta as counsellor (political/economic) and, on short assignments, in Geneva, Islamabad and Phnom Penh. Most recently, Mr. Epp was consul general in Guangzhou. He is completing a professional master of public administration degree at Queen’s University. Mr. Epp is married to Kristi Dyck, and they have three children: Erin, Ian and Graeme.

Chair

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Colin Bogar
CEO and Founder Property Passbook

Mr. Bogar is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University from where he obtained his HBA and MBA degrees. He is the Managing Director of MGI Pacific in Shanghai and founder of Property Passbook and has held a variety of leadership positions in the commercial real estate industry. Mr. Bogar is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Post, Global Times, and many other leading financial publications on topics related to China and the global real estate market. Mr. Bogar believes strongly in the importance of corporate responsibility and holds several leadership positions as both a Director for the Ivey School of Business and as the  Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He has lived in Shanghai for over 7 years and speaks fluent Chinese.

Vice Chair Ex-Officio

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Ryan Baerg
Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner in Shanghai Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, encourages the country’s international trade and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

Vice Chair

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Olivier Brault
General Manager Soprema China

Olivier is the General Manager of Soprema in China, an international group specialized in providing waterproofing solutions for the construction industry. Olivier was born in Montreal and graduated from McGill University in Engineering. He started early on a global path by doing part of his bachelor degree at Spain’s Salamanca University, one of Europe’s oldest university, and right after graduation he joined the management team of a Canadian medical device company for the acquisition of a company in Italy. Following the takeover, Olivier was directly involved in transferring the company’s activities to Shanghai, creating a base for affordable manufacturing of HIV diagnostic tests for the Chinese market. In 2008, he became the general manager of a Canadian aerospace company aiming to reduce airlines’ carbon footprint through innovative product design. In 2012, Olivier joined Soprema and was appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Olivier is now Vice-Chair of the Chamber.

Treasurer

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Wendy Wang
Trust Manager Sichuan Trust Co., Ltd

Graduated from Simon Fraser University Business Administration Faculty, I got designated as Certified General Accountants in 2007 and worked for two Certified General Accounting firms in Vancouver before moving back to hometown Shanghai in 2010. Since then, I have worked for Sichuan Trust Ltd. as a trust manager and just joined Glorious Property Holdings Ltd. Finance division leading its private equity product department. I’ve donated most of my free time to NPOs. I have served as a board of director, secretary, at Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants Association Shanghai Chapter (formerly known as Canadian Certified General Professional Accountants Association Shanghai Chapter) for the past 5 years and served Canadian Chamber of Commerce as its treasurer since 2016. Recently I co-foundered Puggy Children Aesthetic Education Center, a NPO focused on early childhood aesthetic and music education.

Directors

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Jim Athanasopoulos
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Operations IMAX China

Jim Athanasopoulos joined IMAX Corporation in May 2000 and relocated with his family from Toronto to Shanghai in July 2011 to become the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Operations of IMAX China. IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. As of December 31, 2013 there were 860 IMAX theatres in 58 countries including 172 theaters in Greater China.

Jim was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

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Russel Aydin
International Counsel (Canadian Lawyer) Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers

Russel Aydin is a business lawyer with practical legal experience in Canada, Australia, India and China. As an International Counsel at Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers, Russel’s main practice areas are general corporate and commercial matters, including foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and intellectual property. He also advises clients on practical legal matters such as: incorporating companies in China, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, trademark registration and IP infringement, general business contracts, cross border transactions, outbound investment and commercial leasing.

Before joining Jade & Fountain PRC Lawyers, Russel had over 5 years of experience at a Canadian business law firm in Vancouver, Canada.

Russel is currently licensed to practice with the Law Society of British Columbia. He is able to assist clients with outbound deals in the Canadian market, immigration inquiries, investments into both Canadian residential and commercial real estate, estate inquiries and notarizations of Canadian legal documentation.

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Donghai Du
Managing Director – China Canpotex Limited

Mr. Donghai Du is the Chief Representative and Managing Director of the Canpotex Shanghai office. Before relocating to Shanghai, Donghai was based in Vancouver as the Director of Marketing in China. Prior to joining Canpotex, Donghai held the role of General Manager (China), at InfoMine in mining investment and consulting, and Commercial Director of Eramet China, selling raw materials for steel production. In early days of his career, Mr. Du worked in various marketing positions at Rio Tinto China including Chief of the Energy Division. Donghai graduated from Beijing University and obtained his Ph.D. in geology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Jackie Greenizan
Global Channel Manager Fonterra Greater China

Ms. Greenizan is the Innovation Lead for McCain Foods China, a division of McCain Foods Ltd, one of Canada’s largest and most multinational food companies. Specializing in the production frozen food products, specifically frozen potatoes and French fries, McCain Foods has a broad product portfolio that delights consumers on a daily basis.

Jackie relocated to Shanghai from Toronto in 2007. She has been working for Canadian businesses with interests in Asia since 1990. Jackie holds a BAH from Queen’s University, a diploma from The McCrae Institute at Capilano Colllege and an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, Jackie brings a broad range of Canadian and Asian experience to her roles.

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Tony Jaw
Executive Director SQI Company Inc.

I grew up in Toronto and made the move to China in 2009, first working in Beijing and eventually moving to Shanghai at the end of 2012 to start my health supplements distribution business. I have a business background and entrepreneurial spirit which is the reason I came to China to find new challenges. I have also advised and consulted Canadian companies looking to do business in China. To date I have learned to operate a successful growing business based in Shanghai and committed to staying in China and working on new challenges.

 

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Jean-François Lépine
Director Québec offices in China

Jean-François Lépine is Director of Québec offices in China. He was a foreign correspondent for CBC/Radio-Canada in Beijing, Paris and Jerusalem from 1982 to 1990. From 1990 to 2013, he hosted several popular public affairs television programs including Enjeux, Le Point, Zone libre and the international magazine Une heure sur terre, which also aired on TV5 Monde. Until November 2015, he was also chair of the Middle Eastern and North African Observatory at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a member of Montréal International’s Board of Directors. His outstanding work both has been recognized by numerous awards. In June 2012, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Gina Li
Managing Director and Head of Personal Banking Services, Greater China BMO Financial Group

Gina has a wealth of experience, having worked in numerous countries including China, Australia and Canada, earning substantial recognition in Canadian finance industries, building knowledge and expertise in commercial banking, wealth management, retail branch management and multi-cultural banking. Gina immigrated to Canada in 1999, and was on the Dean list when she graduated with Honors from an MBA program in 2004. She was recognized by the ethnic communities, and has received the “Outstanding Professional Award” from Fairchild TV.

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Frank O’Brien
Executive Vice-President, Asia Pacific Region Magna International Inc.

I have served as Executive Vice President, Asia of Magna International Inc, since September 2006. In this position, I am responsible for business development with Asia auto makers globally as well as oversight of Magna’s offices within Asia. Previously I was Vice President, Strategy & Planning for Magna International, and before that VP Global Sales and Marketing for Magna Donnelly Corporation, a Magna operating unit. I am also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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Maggie Wang
Managing Director of Asian Operations Westbank

Graduated from University of Nottingham in the U.K., Maggie immigrated to Canada and worked at HSBC in 2005. She then joined Westbank in 2009 and after proposing to explore the Asian market, she was appointed to Shanghai in 2011 and started from scratch. Over the years, she has built a strong network, team and respectful reputation for Westbank all over China. Westbank is the first and only Canadian real estate developer that has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Taiwan and HK, with a long term relationship with many wealthy clients, organizations and institutions.

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Kai Zhang
President and CEO Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Ms. ZHANG Kai became President and CEO of Manulife-Sinochem in February 2016, before that, she was EVP and Head of Consumer Bank at Citi China. Kai has over 20 years of financial services experience in North America and Asia. She joined Citi’s Corporate Strategy and M&A Group in New York in 2004, and later took the role of Regional Head of Sales and Distribution with Citi Asia Pacific Consumer Bank in 2006. Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Zhang worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company (New York) and an actuarial analyst with Watson Wyatt Worldwide (Washington, D.C.)

Kai holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She was born and raised in Nanjing before moving to the United States to pursue her undergraduate and graduate studies. She returned to China since early 2008 and is now based in Shanghai. She is married with two children.