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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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.

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.

Treasurer

 

Directors

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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
Innovation Lead McCain Foods Limited 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.

An avid business person, mother and athlete, Jackie enjoys the dynamic pace and action exists in Shanghai and China.