July Summer Newsletter 2012

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

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Chamber News

750+ Canadians and Friends Celebrate Canada Day in Shanghai!

Over 750 Canadians and friends braved the heat to celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday on July 1st at Rico Rico Beach.

At this sold out event, party-goers decked out in their Canuck best relaxed on the beach and enjoyed games, sports and Canadian beer. A big thanks to all those who came out to celebrate all things Canadian!

See Canada Day Photos hereAlternative link

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai gratefully acknowledges the outstanding support of our Silver sponsor, the British Columbia Trade Office andAir Canada as well as our Activity Sponsors, Bombardier, the Bank of Montreal(Shanghai), CNIvanhoe Cambridge and Petro-Canada.


Special thanks also goes to:

Canada Day in Shanghai is also made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

Canadian Alumni Take Over Shanghai at the Hustle

On June 9th, Canadian Alumni and friends took to the streets of Shanghai in challenge that tested the wits and speed of all contestants! Back in its third year the Shanghai Hustle Scavenger Hunt attracted a record number of 72 participants including teams such as “Niu Order”, “Eh? Plus”, “Win by Default!”, “We Wish We Were Canadian”, “Old Dutch Jalapeño Cheddar” and “Team America Fun Time, Yeah!”.

Special Thanks to: Howard Johnson in SuzhouSherpa’s ,Chinese Cooking Workshop and Enjoy Shanghai

Check out photos from the hunt!

If you would like to post your team’s embarrassing photos achievements on CanCham’s website send your photos to Sarah Cheng at sara@cancham.asia


Member News

Andrew Dawrant of Sinophone featured in a China Daily Cover Story

Sinophone Interpretation’s Andrew Dawrant speaks with the China Daily about the challenges and rewards of being a conference interpreter in China. More

Mandarin House opens third Chinese language school in Guangzhou

Following Mandarin House Shanghai (2004) and Beijing (2006), Mandarin House has opened a Chinese language school in Guangzhou, China’s third largest city with 13 million people. Situated next to Hong Kong, Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong, which has long been the cultural and economic heart of South China and China’s primary international trade centre.More

University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to train Chinese Banks in Risk Management

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Banking Association (CBA) in which gives the school the opportunity to provide risk management training to the CBA’s 152 banks. More

IMAX Signs Theatre Deal With China’s Bona Film Group

IMAX Corporation, a Toronto-headquartered entertainment and technology company will open four new theatres in China.

In cooperation with Nongken Bona Film Investment Co. Ltd. (Nongken Bona), a subsidiary of China-based Bona Film Group, IMAX will open its new theatre in Tianjin on September 2012.

iMAX will also open three new theatres in Changzhou, Lishui and in Guangzhou.

Information summarized from: IMAX Corporation Press Release and PR Newswire.

Two Canadian Plays to Debut in Shanghai

Supported by the Québec Government Office in Shanghai, two Canadian plays, Alice and At Nightfallwill debut in Shanghai.

Alice in Wonderland, a multimedia musical production will be on from August 2-3 at the Shanghai Lyceum Theater. More information.

Meanwhile, the Sursaut dance company from Sherbrooke, Quebec will present At Nightfall on 11th August in Shanghai City Theatre. Described as “dreamlike” At Nightfall is a contemporary dance drama for families who want to experience the art of movement at its finest. More information.

The Grand Hyatt Shanghai Team Dedicates June to Community Service

The Grand Hyatt Shanghai dedicated June as the official month of community service and it was a fantastic success. The Hyatt Thrive Initiative celebrates both the Grand Hyatt team and the surrounding provinces they live and work in. During the month the team participated in a range of activities including “Celebrating Our People week” to celebrate Hyatt’s employees, took part in a skill competition, a river side fun run, enjoyed a special menu served by the management team with a daily cake from the pastry boutique and shoulder massages. Throughout the month the team at Grand Hyatt Shanghai organised a clothing drive and collected 530 items of clothing which will go to the Red Cross Society of China, Shanghai branch to help those who need it most. The event has become so popular that it has now become a bi-annual tradition.


Interesting Links

Trade and Business

  • Confusing Canadian foreign takeover rules scaring away cash rich China investments in oil patch
  • President of Cape Breton University of Canada sees significant potential inbio fuels as a source of shared research that will foster Chinese and Canadian Cooperation
  • Prime Minister Stephan Harper to announce the plans towards a potential trade deal with China
  • The race is on between energy companies to be the first exporter of Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China.

Canada China Relations

  • A large influx of Chinese visitors records the fastest travel growth in Canada
  • The Chinese Navy Vessel ‘Zhenghe’ set to hit Canadian shores in July for a three-day good will visit of the country to strengthen relations between the Canadian and Chinese militaries.
  • Alberta’s Premier Alison Redford visits Beijing, touting her Canadian energy strategy to Chinese investors

Canadian National News

  • Despite an economic growth, Canada’s housing market remains strong for the first two quarters but is expected to slow during the rest of 2012
  • Canadian dollar stumbles after a sluggish growth in June as major stocks plummet and the Euro his a 5-Week low
  • Drop in Canadian’s unemployment rate shows that the job sector is still alive and well.
  • Canada halts immigrationof skilled workers without arranged employment

China News

  • Studies show that Chinese companies must begin to create greater brand image to increase export overseas
  • China enforcing stricter VISA rules, limiting time length of stay for foreigners
  • The state of health care reform in China

Welcome and Thanks to New & Renewed Members

New Company Members

ABBARCH ARCHITECTURE(Shanghai)LTD:ABBARCH Architecture Inc is one of the largest architectural firms in British Columbia Canada with approximately 100 employees. Headquartered in Vancouver, office locations also include Edmonton, Toronto, Shanghai China, and an affiliated office in Ostrava, Czech Republic. ABBARCH handles projects of various types and sizes on an international platform.

Canadian International School Kunshan: Affiliated with St. John’s-Kilmarnock IB World School, in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. St. John’s-Kilmarnock is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and enjoys the privilege of being an International Baccalaureate World School; one of over 3000 internationally.

Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao: Discover Shanghai, China from the Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao hotel. Enjoy the convenient location in Shanghai’s Hongqiao area, Minhang district, home to a variety of shopping malls, entertainment facilities and business corporations including the Shanghai World Trade Center.

SmithStreetSolutions: SmithStreet is a Shanghai-based strategy consulting and corporate advisory firm. We provide strategy services including market assessment, China entry and expansion strategies, market growth strategies and acquisition advisory across a wide range of industries.

Pacific Prime: Pacific Prime is an international insurance advisory offering a wide range of health and medical insurance plans. With offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Dubai, Pacific Prime have accumulated experience all around the world within the last 20 years.

Penske (Shanghai) Logistics Co., Ltd: From management of your suppliers’ inbound materials to finished product delivery, Penske supports busineses in markets around the world with Global Logistics and supply chain solutions and leading-edge insight.
R&H Business Development: We are a Trading, Business Consulting Company. Focusing on the business within China, North America and Europe. We also have the office in Shanghai, China and Dudenhorffen, Germany.

Young Professional Members

Danny Leung

Renewed Company Members

CCBC: The Canada China Business Council is a not-for-profit business association providing unparallel insight into Sino-Canadian trade and investment issues. It is the country’s Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate.

RONA: RONA operates more than 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats, offering the best service and good quality housing and home improvement products to North American consumers.

CCTong Legal Consulting Co. Ltd. (Shanghai):CCTong is a group of licensed professionals who provide the efficient business registration and corporate services; supported by Canadian and local law firms. With good relations and communications to local government organizations; CCTong has helped many foreign companies and investors establish their business in China

Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co., Ltd. Shanghai: Manulife-Sinochem began operations in November 1996 and to date the Company has more than 12,000 professionally trained agents and employees, providing financial and insurance services to over 500,000 customers.

Visas Consulting: Visas Consulting group focuses on remaining its position as one of the leading immigration service providers. Established in 1974 in Montreal, they have successfully represented tens of thousands applicants in completing their immigration applications.

Renewed Individual Members 

Richard Zhu

Rita Tam

Renewed Young Professional Members 

Pamela Shaw