Matt Whately Confirmed as CanCham Executive Director
CanCham is proud to announce Matt Whately has been confirmed as Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
The confirmation comes after taking on the Acting ED role in June 2020. Before then, he was the Deputy Director at the Chamber since January 2019.
Under Matt’s leadership, CanCham strives to continue promoting Canadian business interests in China, expanding connections with Chinese and global counterparts, fostering unity in times of uncertainty, and engaging in forms of corporate diplomacy.
Aided by a strong team, an active Board of Directors, knowledgeable Advisory Council, and an engaged Membership, Matt aims to reinvigorate the Chamber, position it as an entry point for future Canadians looking to do business in China, and be a beacon for the Canadian community in China at large.
Who is Matt?
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Matt studied History and Political Science at the University of Ottawa, graduating with honors. After gaining experience in the public sector at Industry Canada, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, and the Department of National Defense, Matt moved to the private sector, joining Bell Canada. He then moved to media and advertising, before relocating to Shanghai in 2012.
After a stint as an English educator, an entrepreneur at heart, Matt soon founded Boar, a sports gear and apparel sourcing company. Then in 2015, he co-founded Five: IT, a creative tech agency.
In 2019, he joined the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai as Deputy Director. In June 2020, he was named Acting Executive Director, before being confirmed as Executive Director in September of the same year.