8:00 am: Registration
8:30 am: Welcome Address
- Kathy Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
8:45 am - 9:45 am: Plenary Session - Hong Kong & Canada - Past, Present and Future
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, cultural and economic ties have strengthened; Hong Kong is host to Canada’s largest expat community and ranks as Canada’s 8th principal export market. This dynamic session will delve into Hong Kong-Canada relations then and now, and share insights on the next twenty years.
Moderator: Barry Macdonald FCPA FCA, HKCBA past National Chair and PwC retired partner
- Jeff Nankivell, Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao
- Dickson Hall, Partner, Valuestone Advisors Ltd and Past Representative of the Government of British Columbia Trade and Investment Office in Hong Kong
9:45 am: Networking Break
10:00 am - 11:00am: Breakout Panels
#1 - Film and Creative Industries (Georgia Ballroom)
With China’s box office challenging that of North America and a record 89 films obtaining co-production permits in 2016, there is a growing opportunity for Canadian expertise in Asia. This unique breakout session on the film and television industry will outline current opportunities, challenges and the long-term outlook for Hong Kong and Chinese co-productions.
- Gordon Esau, Partner, Dentons
- Robert Wong, Vice President, CreativeBC
- Juliet Smith, Partner, Dentons
- Shan Tam, Producer
#2 - Agrifood and Seafood Exports: Celebrating Canada’s 150th in the Hong Kong and Asia Markets (Plaza Ballroom)
With limited agricultural production, Hong Kong imports over 95% of its food requirements essentially making it and import-only food market. Discover how exporters can leverage the Canadian brand, trade finance and business resources to successfully raise the profile of their product in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.
Moderator: Tim McMorran, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank Canada
11:00 am: Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Breakout Panels #3 & #4
#3 - Gateway to Gateway: The Hong Kong - Canada Transportation & Logistics Link (Georgia Ballroom)
Two-way trade between British Columbia and Asia totaled $35.5B in 2015, closing the gap as the province’s second largest trading partner worldwide. Take advantage of this shift in global demand and learn about Canada’s main strategic link to the Asia Pacific economies in the sector focused session on transportation and logistics.
Moderator: Colin Hansen, President and CEO, AdvantageBC
- Ralph Chow, Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
- Philippe Lacamp, Senior Vice President Americas, Cathay Pacific
- Scott Norris, Vice President, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority
#4 - eCommerce in Greater China -- the future is already here (Plaza Ballroom)
How retailers and brands are innovating to succeed in the most dynamic retail market in the world. China is now setting the benchmark for present and future global retailing. This is driven by its mobile-first consumer behavior, innovative social commerce model, and a trusted digital payments infrastructure.
- Kate Furber, Partner, PwC Canada
- Jan Nicholas, Director, PwC Hong Kong
12:15 pm: General Announcements
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Growth in Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem has flourished in recent years; The total number of startups increased 24% in 2016, there were 3 co-work stations in 2010 versus the 48 in 2016 and strong funding support exists with access to $5.1M high-net-worth individuals in Asia Pacific. Hear first-hand from a leader in medical research on developments in stem cell technology and setting up a successful business in Hong Kong.
Moderator: Craig Lindsay, President, Otis Gold Corp.
- Charles Ng, Associate Director, Invest Hong Kong
- Ronald Li, Professor and Director, Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine, HK Karolinska Institute
2:00 pm - 4:00 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 for more information.
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Awards Ceremony and Wrap up