Monday, November 12, 2018, Beijing

Above (L to R): The Honourable Stockwell Day, The Honourable Scott Brison, The Honourable Dwight Ball, The Honourable Stephen McNeil

Plenary Session: Guest Speakers

Guest speakers who opened the Business Forum were Dr. YIN Yong, Vice Mayor, Beijing Municipal Government; MA Weihua, President, China Entrepreneur Club, President of Council, National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Former President, China Merchants Bank; and Victor Tsao, Managing Partner, Vancouver Office, DS Lawyers Canada.

Throughout the day, attendees heard from panelists who offered their insights and observations of business opportunities and possible obstacles facing bilateral trade and investment. During the breaks and meals, guests took advantage of the time to network and make new connections.

YIN Yong

MA Weihua

Victor Tsao

Gala Banquet

Attendees heard speeches from guests the The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance (L); State Councillor WANG Yong, State Council, People’s Republic of China, Beijing (M); the The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification (R); and Mark Machin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Canada-China Business Excellence Award Honourees were acknowledged during the banquet. Honourees were:  Dr. Paul W. Beamish, the Honourable Jean Charest, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien (BR), Ms. Margaret Cornish, the Honourable Stockwell Day (BM), M. André Desmarais, Dr. Wendy Dobson, Dr. Pitman Potter.

Special Performance

Guests were entertained by singer Jasmine Chen and her band.

Business Forum

During the day, four sessions and three breakout sessions focused on a variety of topics that addressed the BRI, infrastructure, exports, e-commerce, education, and tourism.

Canada’s Business Relationship with China
What is Canada doing well with China? How do capital, technology, products and services fit into the growth plans of both countries, and how can we make more trade and investment a reality? Officials representing different components of the Canadian economy will talk about Canada’s engagement with China in sectors that represent both current and future economic opportunities.

Introduction: Diversification Not Dependence – A Made-in-Canada China Strategy

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group
Edward Greenspon, President & CEO, Public Policy Forum


Moderator (far left):

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP, Vice-Chair, CCBC


Panelists (from left to right):

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

China: The Long and Winding Road
These companies have been there and done that. Experienced the ups and downs. Adjusted to the many changes in government, regulatory and business environments. They didn’t start big, but they stuck with it. Attendees heard from the executives of companies that were Canadian pioneers in China.

Moderator (far left):

Jean-François Lépine, Director, Québec’s Government Offices in China


Panelists (from left to right):

ZHANG Kai, CEO, Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Chris Birdsong, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific,
Engineering, Design and Project Management, SNC-Lavalin

Ed Legzdins, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director
Head of International, BMO Financial Group

Third-Country Collaboration – Canadian Opportunities with the Belt and Road Initiative and Beyond

CCBC's BRI Report Canadian companies have world-class capabilities across the spectrum of needs and geographies covered by the BRI. A new report by the CCBC looks at the BRI, the funding flows, and Canadian case studies. Experts discussed where business opportunities may lie and how Canadian companies can contribute to, and benefit from, the BRI.

Moderator (far left): 

Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director, Canada China Business Council


Panelists (from left to right):

LU Feizhen, Co-Founder and CEO, Polaris Capital Power Inc.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, HiSEL Power Corporation

Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor, Hatch Ltd.

Lance Noble, Senior Thematic Policy Analyst, Gavekal Dragonomics

Funders and Builders — The Infrastructure Story

Investments by pension and infrastructure funds are often bellwethers of future economic activity, and investment goes both ways. How are Canadian funds growing their presence in China, and what more is needed for PPP participation? How can Canada welcome Chinese investment via the new Canadian Infrastructure Bank? How are China and Canada investing together around the world through the Belt and Road Initiative and the AIIB?

Moderator (far left): 

Karen Oldfield, QC, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority



Panelists: (from left to right)

Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

JIN Liqun, President and Chair, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Satisfying China’s Middle Class by Growing Canadian Exports
Canada’s exports to China grew 13% last year, but with China’s middle class growing even faster, many Canadian companies are chasing this lucrative market. How does this consumer view Canadian products? What do they want? How are they buying? How can Canadian companies satisfy them?

Moderator (far left):

Goldy Hyder, President and CEO, Business Council of Canada


Panelists (from left to right):

Laurel C. Broten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Caleb Balloch, Associate Partner, Shanghai McKinsey & Company

Don Holdsworth, VP Global Marketing, Clearwater Seafoods