Message from the Executive Director
It is with great joy that I’m presenting to all our members my first Annual Report as the new Executive Director of CanCham. But before I do so, I would like to personally thank CanCham’s former ED, Helene Larochelle, for the great work and dedication she gave to our Chamber during the last 3 years. Stepping into this position in May 2019 was an easy transition for me, following Helene’s steps.
2019 was for CanCham and its members a challenging year. But through adversity we were able to show resilience and strength as a predominant organization in China. The newly elected Board of Directors, formed by a vibrant group of women and men dedicated to the success of Canadian business in Shanghai, is making a real difference in the leadership of our Chamber during these difficult times. I’m pleased to count on their knowledge and vision to guide me through my mandate.
Despite the fact that we hadn’t received as many business delegations coming from Canada in 2019, CanCham was able to maintain a high level of service to our members while ensuring revenues. We launched several new projects to bring added value to our business community. For instance, we’re engaging more than ever with local governments, the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, and Provincial Offices to provide our members and community the latest updates regarding Canada-China relations. We also augmented the offering of diverse events related to business with key leaders and partners. The creation of a CanCham WeChat Group has allowed direct discussions and led to an increase of community interactions.
Our Committees were pretty active in 2019. We launched new initiatives with our members from Food and Brevages, and Investment industries. HR & Legal, and Alumni Committees have also been dynamic the past year reaching out to not only members but friends of CanCham looking to make new connections and business interactions. These committees are a great opportunity for our members to get personally involved in our business community. I would like to highlight their contributions. We had a great Canada Day 2019 and the rain didn’t stop our Canadian and Chinese friends from enjoying live entertainment and one of the best Canadian food offerings ever seen at a single location in Shanghai. Not to mention, our Canadian Maple Leaf Ball, CIIE networking event and Christmas celebration were great places to greet and meet old and new business partners and friends, while sharing our Canadian values of openness and generosity. Yet, many more business events and creative initiatives are to come in 2020, stay tuned!
The number of CanCham members reached record highs in 2019. Your Chamber is not only bigger but also stronger with many more corporate entities. We have a great mix of Canadian and local business conducting commercial relations with Canada, which makes our Chamber a great place to meet new business partners and customers.
I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all Cancham stakeholders for their involvement in our Chamber, and their commitments to the community. Thanks also to our active Board of Directors, the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, all Provincial Offices, all our partners, our members for your time and consideration. Our Executive team and I would like to also thank all our kind Sponsors for the vital financial support necessary to keep CanCham operational.
The beginning of 2020 brings many challenges for all of us living in China but also in the rest of the world. In these times of economic uncertainties, the purpose of a chamber of commerce like ours is more then ever important to stay connected and informed, so we can all be prepared for better days. CanCham will adapt to new safety measures and continue to offer a wide range of services to all our members.
I am very enthusiastic to continue my devotion to CanCham and use my expertise to the benefit of the members and the Canadian community in Shanghai. Even more in these times of adversity we must stand and find solutions together to ensure the success of Canadian companies in China, and to make Shanghai a great place for Canadians to live. We will continue to work together to promote our values, our know-how and our joie de vivre in China and in the Community. Many great things still are yet to come from your Chamber!
Executive Director, CanCham
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