Meet Vivian Xie, CanCham Shanghai’s New Executive Director

vivianThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai welcomed its new executive director on August 4, 2014. We asked Vivian a few questions to get to know her better and understand her vision for the Chamber.

Q. What will be your areas of focus for CanCham Shanghai in the next few months?

A. The first few weeks are going to be dedicated to getting to know the team, our work and most importantly, our members. After that, I’d like to further improve our business facilitation services to our members by offering more B2B meetings and business seminars. We also plan to start recruiting more Chinese members in order to make our organization a true Canada-China business  network.

Q. What do you think will be your biggest challenge as CanCham Shanghai’s new executive director?

A. My biggest challenge will be how to best optimize our resources to serve our members. Although we have several hundred members, an ambitious growth plan and events every week, our team is not big compared to many other chambers.  I have to be very careful allocating resources to achieve efficiency and quality at the same time. Q. How do you view the Canada-China bilateral relationship?

A. Canada and China have always had an amicable bilateral relationship. Chinese people still talk about Dr. Bethune to this day. The recent years have seen great improvement in trade, investment and tourism between the two countries. Cancham Shanghai is in the best position in East China to both enjoy and help grow this trend for the mutual benefit of both sides. We strongly believe in a closer, more productive and definitely win-win Canada-China relationship in the years to come.

Q. What are your goals for CanCham Shanghai?

A. I would like to work with the team to successfully implement our Board’s ambitious development plan that will take the Chamber to the next level:  a robust organization complying with the new corporate governance standards and a great platform for individuals, enterprises, and government organizations to network and find business opportunities.

Q. What is your vision for CanCham Shanghai in 5 years?

A. I’d like to see Cancham Shanghai become the go-to organization for Canadian enterprises and individuals in East China and for Chinese companies interested in or having existing relations with Canada. Cancham Shanghai will achieve a higher profile and reputation among Canadian and Chinese business communities alike. We will continue shaping the Canadian community in East China into a vibrant, business-opportunity-creating, network-enhancing and culturally rich community.

Q. Why were you interested in joining the CanCham Shanghai team?

A. I believe Cancham Shanghai is the best platform for me to utilize my skill set, experience and knowledge to facilitate trade, investment and goodwill exchanges between Canada and China. The Cancham Shanghai team and board members are another equally important reason to draw me in. Everyone is motivated and dedicated to our work and cause here. I feel honoured to be able to work with such an exceptional team.

Vivian Xie was formerly China Business Development and Marketing Manager at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada’s leading diversified law firms. Previous to that, she was a project manager for the British Columbia Trade and Investment Office. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Shandong University and a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of British Columbia.   

We are delighted to have Vivian on board as CanCham Shanghai continues to grow. We trust her to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.  – Richard Grams, Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai


About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai is the leading independent non-profit business organization supporting Canadian business and community interests in the Eastern China region. It was founded in 1996 by a group of locally-based Canadian companies and entrepreneurs with the support of the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, and was officially inaugurated in name in June 2008. The Chamber provides on the ground services to Canadians who want to start or expand their businesses in China. For more information, visit www.cancham.asia.

Media Contact:  Natalie Gagnon, natalie@cancham.asia | +86 186 1610 6270