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Director, Quebec Chapter
After leading the Shanghai Chapter in 2016, André-Philippe has returned as the Director of the Quebec Chapter, the position he assumed in 2013. He successfully grew the both Chapters by increasing their membership base, organizing numerous events, and coordinating the 2016 AGM in Shanghai.
André-Philippe Chenail founded his own music venue production company, Turbo Productions. Promoting French and English emerging music and recording artists through venues and videoclips, his company helped managed local bands. With a university degree in Secondary School Education, André-Philippe studied history, politics and international relations through his three years of experience teaching both Canadian History and Quebec's Contemporary World classes.
E: Chenail [at] ccbc.com
Program Manager, Quebec Chapter
Claire is responsible for providing business knowledge on Canada-China opportunities for members based in Quebec and assists with the planning and organizing of CCBC events and activities.
Prior to joining CCBC, Claire was involved in the China-Canada business community where she assisted in coordinating national Sino-Canadian business conferences and a Chinese provincial delegation's business meetings. She led two Canadian Young Entrepreneur Delegation visits to China, which explored Chinese business culture and environment through company visits, networking events, and roundtable meetings. Since 2013, Claire has been a freelancer teaching Canadian executives Mandarin and Chinese business culture.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Concordia University and is fluent in English and Mandarin, and has an intermediate-level knowledge of French.
E: Quebec [at] ccbc.com
Quebec Chapter Advisory Council
Strategic Advisor, DS Welch Bussières
Mr. Cauchon's experience managing ministerial portfolios allows him to understand and provide solutions to the complex challenges faced by provincial, national and international corporations in knowledge-based economies, market globalization, human rights, and social corporate responsibility.
In March 2015, Mr. Cauchon, through Groupe Capitales Médias, of which he is Executive Chairman of the Board, proceeded with the acquisition of six daily newspapers, Le Soleil, Le Quotidien, Le Droit, La Tribune, La Voix de l'Est and Le Nouvelliste.
Mr. Cauchon completed a Master of Laws in International Business Legal Studies at the University of Exeter, in England. Mr. Cauchon is the Counsel of DS Lawyers. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Business Council and the Chair of its Quebec Chapter and a member of numerous boards of directors.
Mr. Ang teaches business law in a global context as part of the master of laws program of Université de Montréal’s law faculty (LL.M.) in product liability as well as civil and commercial litigation. He was also the recipient of the YBAM’s “Lawyer of the Year 2010” award in civil and commercial litigation.
Mr. Ang is also involved in many boards of directors in Québec. He was notably President of the Young Chinese Professionals Association, which was awarded “Best Young Chamber of Commerce of Québec 2012” during his term. He was also one of the four finalists for the award for “Director of the Year 2013 in Québec” given by the RJCCQ. Ponora was named “Top 20 Diversity Personalities of the Year 2013” by the Médiamosaique Press Association, in collaboration with ICI Radio-Canada, the CBC’s French television station. In 2015, he was named Eminent Young Overseas Chinese by the Chinese government. Mr. Ang was also President of the Foundation of the Montreal Chinese Hospital, where the organization had realized its breaking record for fundraising during his term.
Mr. Ang is co-author of “The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada” (published in December 2013 by
LexisNexis Butterworths Canada), a valuable practice manual designed for in-house counsel that is
focused exclusively on the topic of settlement in Canada. In 2014, he spoke at a conference on
alternative dispute resolution methods during a training program for Chinese judges offered by Canadian
professors and judges.
Vice-President and General Manager
Steve Di Fruscia
President and CEO
Tianco Group is a real estate and investment subsidiary of Tianqing real estate group, which is the largest real estate company in province of Gansu, China. Tianco Group was founded in 2013 during the Vancouver, B.C., Mission Investment show, with then BC premier Christy Clark, when the chairman of Tianqing real estate, Mr. Han, joined forces with Mr. Di Fruscia to begin their international expansion.
Vice-Chairman, Financial Markets
National Bank of Canada
In his career of 30 years in the financial services field, Mr. Joli-Coeur has acted as a trusted advisor to large Canadian and International companies in various industries and has been involved in some of Canada's largest capital markets and infrastructure financings. Recently, Mr. Joli-Coeur led the team behind National Bank of Canada's successful inaugural Panda Bond issuance of RMB3.5 billion in the People's Republic of China, the first issuance of its kind for a non-Chinese bank.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Joli-Coeur is also actively involved in his community. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Université de Sherbrooke and of the Infrastructure Council. He is also involved in several charitable organisations' financing campaigns.
Mr. Joli-Coeur has a Master's degree in business administration from Université Paris Dauphine in France.
He serves as a member of the board of governors for the Jiu Ding Scholarship Program dedicated to Chinese students studying in Québec. He is also actively involved in supporting the development of cultural programs to promote local Chinese communities in Canada. Mr. Liu obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nanjing, China, earned an MBA from McGill University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Director of the Office of International Relations
University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)
Before joining UQAM in 2006, Mr. Saint-Amand was Executive Director of McGill University's Centre for International Management Studies. Mr. Saint-Amand was trained as a historian of Modern China and was Chairman of the Board of SAJE, a non-for-profit organization providing assistance to entrepreneurs and start-ups from 2001 to 2014. Mr. Saint-Amand is currently Chairman of the Board of the World Centre of Excellence of Destinations.
GS+J Groupe-conseil Inc.
At Headquarters, Mr. Saint-Jacques worked in the Consular Affairs, Francophone Africa and Science and Technology divisions, and as Executive Assistant of the Associate Deputy Minister. He also served as Deputy Director of the Energy and Environment division, as Director of the Assignments division, and as Director General of the Personnel Management Bureau. He served as Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change for the Government of Canada and was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Canada to the People's Republic of China until October 2016. For Mr. Saint-Jacques who speaks fluent Mandarin, this was a fourth assignment in China.
Since retiring from the Public Service, Mr. Saint-Jacques works as an adviser through his company GS+J Groupe-conseil Inc. and is a Senior Fellow at the China Institute of the University of Alberta as well as at the Institut d'études internationales de Montréal (IEIM). He is also a member of the board of Xebec Adsorption Inc. He is the Honourary Chair of the Canada-China Small and Medium Size Companies (CCSME) and sits on the Advisory Board of the Québec Chapter of the Canada-China Business Council. Mr. Saint-Jacques holds a B. Sc. (Geology), University of Montreal, and a M. A. (Land Planning and Regional Development), Laval University.