HKCBA | National Conference

HKCBA National Conference | May 25, 2018 in Montreal, QC

Market diversification, with particular focus on China and the Asia Pacific region, are becoming a hot topic in the effort to expand Canada’s global reach. With a wealth of opportunities just a continent away, what role does Hong Kong play going forward as companies look to access these new frontiers? 

The 2018 HKCBA National Conference will:

  • Delve into the current landscape of the Asian economy and implications for Canadian businesses
  • Showcase the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Explore techniques companies can use to exploit up and coming financial technology both locally and in China
  • Craft a dialogue on trends of incoming investment from Hong Kong, China and Asia
  • Support budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their product to market through our National Investment Pitch Competition

The Conference is ideal for startups, SMEs and corporations alike who are interested in expanding to or attracting project funding from Asia, active in Hong Kong or China seeking additional business opportunities or looking to stay ahead of the curve with their China strategy.


Date: May 25, 2018

Location: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth | Montreal, QC

Cost: $150 Members | $200 Non-members


Program Overview

Friday, May 25, 2018


9:00 am – 11:00 am: Hong Kong – Canada National Investment Pitch Competition

Highlighting Canada's entrepreneurial spirit, our flagship National Investment Pitch Competition features 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.


12:00 pm: Welcome Address

  • Kathy Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian Ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016 will open the session with an update on Canada's commercial ties with Asia in an uncertain global environment, why Hong Kong continues to play a key role tapping into this market and how this affects local businesses. 


2:00 pm - 3:00pm: Panel #1 - The Belt and Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area

The Belt and Road Century has arrived, and opportunities exist for Canadian companies to tap into. This panel discussion on the Belt and Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area will demystify China’s ambitious foreign and economic policies, and facilitate businesses efforts in turning vision into action so as not to miss the boat. 

  • Andrew Skinner, Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Canada
  • Andrew Yui, Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Panel #2 - Fintech in Business

Hear first-hand from industry experts on developments in technology like fintech, cryptocurrency, and artificial intelligence to learn how to apply these advancements to benefit your business both locally and abroad.

  • Randolph Mank, former Canadian Ambassador in Asia and Vice President, Blackberry
  • Riven Zhang, Founder and CEO, Motion Pay Technology Inc.


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Panel #3 – Asian Inbound Investment

Discover how best to position your business to attract inbound investment from China and Hong Kong.

  • Ken Su, Partner, PWC
  • Raj Dewan, Partner, McMillan
  • Drew Dorweiler, Managing Director, IJW & Co., Ltd.


5:30 pm: Closing Remarks


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Awards Ceremony and Networking Reception

Saturday, May 26, 2018

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Breakfast and Annual General Meeting (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. 


HKCBA is pleased to offer out of town participants preferential pricing with the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and a discount code for domestic flights with Air Canada for the National Conference.


At the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service in luxurious accommodations.

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Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5


Domestic flights to Montreal for the HKCBA National Conference for the week leading up to and after the conference are subject to a 10% discount dependent on the type of fare.

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Congratulations to our 2017 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 JET Design Architect Inc., a Canadian architect form with a growing presence in Hong Kong and Asia. With creativity at the core of their business, JET’s unique designs blend the inspiration of nature with technology and tools from the aerospace, automotive and industrial design industries. JET won the open competition against 100 architect firms from around the globe to design its showcase M+ Pavilion in Hong Kong’s renowned West Kowloon Cultural District; building was completed just last year. Hong Kong’s first class reputation, educated designer talent pool and proximity to other Asian markets made setting up a subsidiary a logical choice for JET Design as they look to further expand their business in Asia. 

National Investment Pitch Competition

1st Place

Orello Hearing Technologies

2nd Place

Mirage VR

3rd Place

Opti-fold Cosmetics


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