HKCBA National Conference

“Hong Kong & Canada – The Next 20 Years” | June 1 - 3, 2017 in Vancouver, BC

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. Over the last two decades, Hong Kong and Canada have strengthened both cultural and economic ties; Hong Kong is host to Canada’s largest expat community and ranks as Canada’s 8th principal export market.

Looking ahead at the next 20 years, the 3-day HKCBA 2017 National Conference will:

  • Delve into past, present and future developments in Hong Kong-Canada relations
  • Craft a dialogue on current trends in Hong Kong-Canada and China-Canada economic developments
  • Share insights from Canadian companies on how they took advantage of the Hong Kong gateway to China, Asia and the rest of the world
  • Support budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their product to market through our National Investment Pitch Competition

Attendees will also be registered to attend the exclusive 20th anniversary Hong Kong Celebration Dinner organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office on the evening of June 2nd which will be attended by business professionals from across Canada and Hong Kong.

Last year’s sponsors enjoyed exposure to our 1,000 members across Canada, connections to over 220 attendees invested in doing business between Canada and Asia, as well as supported propelling young entrepreneurs’ business ideas linking Canada to Hong Kong.


Date: June 1-3, 2017

Location: The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $100 Members | $150 Non-members

Save the date: Registration opens in February 2017

Congratulations to our award winners!

Business Leader Award

This annual award recognizes the success of a business leader who leverages the Canada - Hong Kong connection to grow a successful enterprise.  

Congratulations to IJW Dorweiler Ltd., a leading corporate finance boutique that provides advisory and investment banking services to mid-market companies. IJW offers creativity and innovation by linking the Canadian and Hong Kong markets, enabling small and medium sized enterprises to access cross-border transaction opportunities and funding networks ordinarily unavailable, and furnishing them with valuation expertise and strategic financial advice. Having established their joint company in Hong Kong last year, IJW with the engagement of the Hong Kong Family, has showcased the value of the Hong Kong platform in their diversification to Asia. 

National Investment Pitch Competition

1st Place

Ionomr Inc.

2nd Place

Deepwater Farms

3rd Place

Smoke Barrel


Click here for more details on the competition and qualifying teams. 

Member Section Engagement Award

In support of HKCBA’s strategic priority to provide value to our members, our annual award was presented to HKCBA Montreal who demonstrated leadership in the critical area of member engagement with their local mentorship program. 

2016 National Conference Program Overview

Thursday, June 2, 2016

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Pre Conference Meet and Greet

Join us at Craft Beer Market to connect with speakers, our Hong Kong partners and conference attendees.

Location: Craft Beer Market, 345 10th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

Friday, June 3, 2016

Location: Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5P6


7:30 am: Registration (Imperial Room 5/7/9)

8:30 am: Welcome Address

8:45 am - 9:45 am: Panel #1 Recent trends in Hong Kong, China and Asia

Spanning from fashion to infrastructure and consumer products, Asia, specifically Hong Kong, offers a wealth of growth opportunities across a variety of sectors. Learn from experts, uncovering new trends in technology, retail as well as the Belt and Road Initiative, on how your company can get in on the ground floor.

Moderator: Frank Turner, Partner, Corporate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

  • Vonita Samtani, Vice President of Strategic Channel Partners at WGSN
  • Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Angela Lum, Manager, Investment Attraction at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Alberta

9:45 am: Networking Break

10:00 am - 11:00am: Panel #2 Successfully Super Connecting via Hong Kong

Hong Kong is Canada’s sixth largest export market, totalling $3.9B in 2015. Learn how successful Canadian businesses are leveraging the Hong Kong-Canada advantage in their expansion strategy to Asia.

Moderator: Barry Macdonald, Partner at PwC LLP and Director-at-Large at HKCBA

  • Rachel Acheson, Vice President of Brand and Community at Lululemon
  • Jack Elliott, President and CEO at Pure Technologies Ltd.
  • Karen Cheung, Head of Business Development at Orangefield Group

11:00 am: Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Panel #3 Technology and Innovation - Perspectives on launching in Asia

Learn about and hear perspectives from our panelists on the various ways technology and innovation are being leveraged to target the Asian marketplace.

Moderator: Gillian McCormack, VP Trade & Investment Attraction at Calgary Economic Development

  • Jose Rueda, Professor at Sheridan College
  • Jonathan Neufeld, Interim CEO at TECTERRA
  • David McGregor, Trade Commissioner and Domestic Outreach Manager at Global Affairs Canada

12:15 pm: General Announcements

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Luncheon and Panel #4 Canada - Asia's Gateway to North America

Chinese investors are actively looking for investment opportunities, with the support of the PRC in promoting outward-bound FDI to “go global”. Join the panel in this interactive discussion on Canada’s many competitive advantages and strategic position as a gateway for companies expanding into North America.

Moderator: Gary Mar, Alberta’s Immediate Past Trade Representative to Asia in Hong Kong

  • Colin Hansen, President and CEO at AdvantageBC
  • Laura Dawson, Director of Canada Institute at the Wilson Centre
  • Doug Horner, Chairman and Partner at Canada Asia Synergy Group

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: National Investment Pitch Competition

Highlighting Canada's entrepreneurial spirit, our flagship National Investment Pitch Competition features six post-secondary student teams who will pitch their business ideas, leveraging the "Canada - Hong Kong Advantage", live to conference attendees and a panel of seasoned professionals for their shot at $50,000 in cash and prizes. Click here to meet our qualifying teams!

5:00 pm: Cocktail Reception (Stephen Room)

6:30 pm - 10:00pm: Awards dinner and keynote address by Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in Hong Kong (Imperial Room 1/2/3)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

9:00 am - 1:30 pm: National Board Meeting and AGM (Members Only)

Members are invited to join in on discussions about HKCBA's strategic priorities and initiatives as well as participate in this years AGM. This session will give you an opportunity to connect with the association's national and regional directors. 

Location: Hyatt Regency Calgary - Doll / Herald Room, 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5P6