January 2013 Newsletter

A summary of chamber news and events for members and the Canadian community at large

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Chamber News

Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty Visits Shanghai on a Trade Mission

On January 14th 2013, Ontario and CanCham Shanghai hosted a reception for the Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and his delegation. The reception was part of the Ontario delegations’ mission to promote Ontario’s food and clean-tech companies.

Sponsor: Manulife-Sinochem

Annual General Meeting and Elections

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Board Elections will be held on the evening of March 12th 2013. Members are invited to elect a board of directors, review the Chamber’s 2012 activities and preview CanCham’s initiatives for 2013. The call for nominations will begin on February 19th 2013. All interested candidates may contact Carley for more information atcarley.pulford@cancham.asia.

CanCham Members Meet Ambassador Saint-Jacques

On Friday, January 11, 2013 leaders of the Canadian business community met Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques at a private reception co-hosted by the Canadian Consulate General and CanCham Shanghai.

Canadian Community Celebrates Christmas in Shanghai

5th Annual Canadian Christmas Party
CanCham Shanghai hosted yet another successful annual Christmas Party on December 8th 2012. The anticipated event attracted the Canadian Community, both adults and children to celebrate the start of the festive season.

At the outdoor reception featuring a mini Christmas village designed by renowned Canadian architecture firm B+H, guests warmed up with Christmas specialties such as cider and eggnog.

Guests were entertained all night by the skating rink, alongside great entertainment, raffle prizes, and dinner for all guests while a visit from Santa Claus made one feel like Christmas really had come early.

What a perfect way to celebrate the Yuletide Season and to look back on what a wonderful year it was.

For photos from the party visit this link.

Skating Rink Sponsor : Petro-Canada and supported by the CTC Group
Airline Sponsor: Air Canada
Santa’s Workshop Sponsor: Ivanhoé Cambridge
Christmas Village Sponsor: B+H Architects
Tree Sponsor: CN
Logistics Sponsor: Allied Pickfords
Our Amazing In-Kind Sponsors

REDEV Presents “Invest in Canada: The Energy Effect”

CanCham Shanghai and REDEV Properties will be hosting ‘Investing in Canada: The Energy Effect.’

On Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, a panel discussion will take place about how Western Canada’s energy boom is driving the country’s economy. More

Canuck Connection is Back! Sugar Shack

After a long and cold winter, nothing better than to unwind with a Sweet Sugar Party! CanCham is kicking off the start of the new year with a Canuck Connection Sugar Shack Party on Sunday, January 27th, 2013. Special thanks to Big Bamboo for their support! More

Member News

Air Canada Plans to Boost Capacity on China Market

Starting June 1 2013, Air Canada will add seven weekly departures from Beijing to Toronto and Vancouver, bringing total number of Air Canada direct flights from China to Canada to 35 a week. More

The CCTong team celebrates 10 years of success at She Mountain

CCTong Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On Jan 15, 2013, Shanghai CCTong Legal Consulting Co., Ltd celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since 2003, CCTong Legal Consulting has been providing ‘one-stop’ business registration and accounting services to foreign investment corporations and representative offices in China. More

Golder Associates Ranks 4th Globally in Environmental Consulting

A new study regarding global environmental consulting rankedGolder Associates fourth in the world making it amongst the top firms in the field. The detailed study notes Golder Associates extensive and significant footholds within China. More

BMO Offers Tips On How To Avoid Hitting Your Personal Debt Ceiling

Bank of Montreal (BMO) Household Debt Report report shows that whilst a quarter of Canadians are debt free, 41% have admitted to increased debt in the past five years. However, Nancy Marescotti, Director of BMO states that “debt doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture for Canadians”. BMO offers five important tips to help avoid rising personal debt. More.

Bombardier Aerospace Secures Orders for Six Learjet 75 as well as for Three Q400 turboplanes

Bombardier has announced that it received orders for 6 Learjet 75 business jets, securing a transaction worth approximately 81 million US dollars. More.

Australia’s Qantas Airways has also ordered three Bombardier Q400 NextGen planes.More

Ashurst Launches Asia-Pacific Employment Law Handbook

Asia-Pacific Employment Law: Employer’s Handbookprepared by the Ashurst employment group, with assistance from local counsel in various jurisdictions, to assist corporate personnel with regional responsibilities to gain this understanding and to discharge their cross-jurisdictional functions. More

Carleton 2012 Study says Canadian Productivity Coming at a Cost

A Canadian study by Carleton University’s Linda Duxbury and Christopher Higgins at Western University reports that while work demands have risen, flexible work arrangement are rare and career mobility is an issue. More

CN Completes Intra-Corporate merger of Elgin, Joliet and Eastern into Wisconsin Central Subsidiary

Simplifying CN’s operations and corporate structure within the United States, Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E) are to be merged into its Wisconsin Central Ltd by January 1, 2013. Jim Vena, CN senior vice-president, Southern Region, “expects that the merger will lead to operational efficiencies and service improvements”. More

Gap Expands Into Luxury Market by Acquiring Intermix

Clothing label Gap Inc. has ventured into the growing Luxury market with the purchase of women’s retailer Intermix Holdco Inc. The purchase was reported at 130 million US dollars as Gap aims to compete with rivals, Inditex SA’s, Zara. More

HSBC : China’s Services Growth Slows

A private survey illustrated that China’s service industry received its lowest growth in 16 years. HSBC’s Chief Economist Qu Hongbin remains confident as “a further pickup in manufacturing growth, suggests that China is on track for achieving around 8 percent GDP growth in the fourth quarter (of last year)”. More

Kasian: South Health Campus Receives Top Project Award

Designed by one of Canada’s largest global architecture, interior design and planning firms,Kasian, The Calgary South Health Campus has taken home it’s second award in less than 18 months after receiving the Institutional (over 50 million) ‘2012 Project of the Year Award’, The campus also won the Canadian Construction Association’s ‘Excellence in Innovation Award’. More

King and Wood Mallesons Honoured with 10 Deals Awards

China Business Law Journal honoured King & Wood Mallesons (PRC) with ten awards at its 2012 Deals of the Year report. More

Magna Finalizes ixetic Acquisition, Expects to See Higher Growth in 2013

Leading Canadian manufacturer and supplier of automotive components, Magna has recently acquired German based manufacturer of automotive vacuum, engine and transmission pumps, Ixetic Verwaltungs GmbH. More

In other Magna news, 2013 is looking to be a good year for Magna as sales are expected to grow. Part of that growth will be attributed to the doubling of its sales in China. More

North American Premiere Wine Shop Launches Mojito Day

The North American Premiere Wine Shop will be hosting Mojito Day every Saturdays. The shop will be offering the first glass free as well as 20% off cocktails. More

Ivey Shanghai Presents: CNY Dinner 2013 – Year of the Snake

The Ivey Alumni Shanghai Chapter invites all alumni living in the East China Region to join them in Shanghai for the 7th annual Ivey Shanghai CNY Dinner. More

B. C. Alumni Gathering at the North American Premiere Wine Shop

On Friday, January 25th, 2013 the British Columbia Trade Investment Office will be hosting a gathering for all alumni from British Columbia at the North America Premiere Wine ShopMore

CBRE Report: Strong Correlation Between Currency Trend and Offshore Investment in Vancouver

Data from Canadian Real Estate Association and CBRE show that the inflow of Mainland Chinese investment in 2010 – 2012 June totaled CAN $3.3 billion. The level of capital inflows in 2012 indicates a downward trend compared to 2010 and 2011.

There also appears a strong relationship between the fluctuations of CNY currency and the changing of inflow levels. CBRE believes that the Chinese investors have been making investment decisions based on exchange rate trend. More

Smithstreet Solutions CEO to Speak at the Wharton China Forum 2013

In February, Franklin Yao, CEO of Smithstreet Solutions will take part in a panel discussion on consumerism and private capital at the Wharton China Forum 2013. More


Member Spotlight


Member Spotlight:
MGI Pacific’s Blueprint Effects brings real estate marketing to a whole new level

Managing Director of MGI Pacific Colin Bogar talks about Blueprint Effects’ mission to bring leading 3D rendering and 3D walkthrough technology to the real estate industry using applications deployed on all commonly available mobile devices

Blueprint Effects is a real estate focused digital marketing firm specializing in the development of 3D walkthrough mobile applications, 3D visualization renderings, and specialized mobile application development. The firm works with real estate developers around the world with a focus on the sales and marketing of new build residential real estate. It’s hard to verbalize the firm’s applications without seeing them, but very broadly the application takes pre-construction architectural drawings and turns them into an interactive video game experience allowing potential buyers to remotely experience a property that has yet to be developed. Not only do these applications allow for an independent “walk through” of the property, but other details such as feature and colour selection, actual unit views, and information about surrounding facilities and amenities are built into the application.

Q & A with Colin Bogar

The Access Program

CanCham’s Member to Member Discounts

20% off at all Le Royal Meridien Shanghai’s restaurants and bars with presentation of your membership card (service charge excluded).

Find out more about CanCham Shanghai’s Member Discounts

New and Renewed Members



Linamar Automotive Systems (WUXI) Co., Ltd.
Linamar Corporation is a world-class designer and diversified manufacturer of precision metallic components and systems for the automotive industry, energy and mobile industrial markets.  Building on the foundation of over 40 years of successful growth, we are a leading edge supplier of engine, transmission, driveline, modules & systems and mobile aerial work platforms.  From machined components to sophisticated power-train modules and fully-realized mobile industrial products, Linamar is the Supplier of Choice, the Investment Opportunity of Choice and the Employer of Choice.

Orangefield Group
Whether in management, accounting, trust, estate planning, real estate or fund administration support, you want a partner who understands your needs and exceeds your expectations.
Orangefield is that valued partner, with more than 40 years of experience in providing global and professional services to our diverse client base. With a team of highly motivated professionals around the globe anxious to familiarize themselves with the challenges they face, our specialized service teams are keen to create tailor-made solutions.


Dahong Li
Rita Tam
Dean Mehta
Gregory Zhou


EHC Global
EHC Global manufactures components for escalators, moving walks and elevators. The company holds worldwide patents for escalator handrails, and advertising on escalator handrails. Products are manufactured in Canada, Germany, Slovakia and China. EHC has several licensees and distributors through the world.

Magna Automotive Technology and Service (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
The most diversified automotive supplier in the world. The company designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments – North America, Europe, and Rest of World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa).

Colliers International Property Consultants (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
Colliers International is a leading global real estate services organization. Through its culture of service excellence and a shared sense of initiative, the company had integrated the resources of real estate specialists worldwide to accelerate the success of our clients.

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai
Le Royal Méridien Shanghai is one of Shanghai’s tallest landmarks, and its location at the centre of Shanghai on the historic Nanjing Road East, opposite the People’s Square and overlooking the Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre, puts guests at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai
East meets west with 37 stories of contemporary luxury guest rooms, palatial Chinese spa facilities and an eclectic selection of renowned restaurants at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai.

Howard Du
Alan McMillan


Upcoming Events

Jan 27: Canuck Connection Sugar Shack
Jan 30: Investing in Canada: The Energy Effect
Feb 27: Inter-Chamber Ladies Networking Night

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