Message from the Chair

Colin Bogar I am delighted to say that 2015 is turning out to be a great year for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Topping our list of achievements so far in 2015 is the organization’s successful move to its new office facility in the Jing’an Kerry Centre. This move to a Grade A office building gives the Chamber the facilities it needs to grow our membership base, host more of our own events, and hold more intimate roundtable member only functions.  Also, the conference facilities are available to members who occasionally require such premium facilities for events and meetings.

Our second major announcement is the implementation of our rebranding campaign.  Through consultation with a variety of stakeholders, I am pleased to display the final results of this process. The new branding keeps true to CanCham’s Canadian roots while giving a more contemporary and professional feel.  Well done to all those involved and special thanks to China based Canadian designer Stephen DeMarsh and his firm S&D Design who provided the final design to CanCham.

LOGO COMPARISON Another successful accomplishment that has already surpassed internal expectations is the establishment of our platinum membership category. This structural change to our membership categories will provide a solid revenue base for the chamber to continue to offer outstanding service to all of our members and to ensure the continued stability of our daily operations. Thank you Manulife, Canpotex, and BMO (Bank of Montreal) for your commitment to the long term success of our organization.

In April 2015, we also confirmed the appointment of our new executive director, Rebecca Copelovici, who is a long term member of the CanCham executive team. Through her extensive experience within the organization, we trust her leadership to be in direct alignment with the Chamber’s founding vision which is fundamental to achieving our overall mission of: strengthening ties between the Canadian and Chinese business communities, supporting Canadian business and community interests in China, and promoting Canadian business and culture in China.

Looking forward, I see many opportunities for us to seize. Of course, we will continue to innovate and expand our services to members, whether it is to developing partnerships with key Chinese government and corporate organizations such as Alibaba to provide new online trade resources or by negotiating preferential collective health insurance plans for members with Manulife-Sinochem.  Longer term, it is the goal of the Chamber to better position brand “Canada” in the minds of Chinese consumers and businesses as we compete with other countries for Chinese consumer mindshare.

This is just a taste of what we are working on these days. Check out our website, subscribe to our mailing list, or follow us on WeChat/Weixin (canchamSH) for the most up to date information on happenings and events as the year progresses.

Finally, I would like encourage each and every one of you to get more involved with the Chamber and the Canadian business community in China. This Chamber is your Chamber, and together we can build on a great foundation and take the organization to new heights. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling out this short form found on our website.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team, thank you for your ongoing support. Our vision of a stronger Canadian Chamber is at the heart of every decision we make as we strive to better serve our members and the broader Canadian community.

Colin Bogar,