HKCBA National Conference

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong 2.0 | Friday, June 21, 2019 in Markham, ON

In an ever-changing international business landscape, Hong Kong continues to play a vital role in tapping Asia’s growing middle-class. Previously inaccessible supply chains are freed up, creating a wave of opportunities for market diversification. Learn how best to position your business to benefit from emerging developments in the Asia Pacific region.

The 2019 HKCBA National Conference will:

  • Delve into why the time is now to take advantage of the Hong Kong platform when looking at expansion in Asia 
  • Showcase Canadian business opportunities within the Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road Initiative
  • Explore strategies companies can use to conquer trade with Asia
  • Craft a dialogue on investment trends when looking to attract funding from Hong Kong
  • Create opportunities to network with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials from across the country

The Conference is ideal for startups, SMEs and corporations alike interested in expanding to or attracting project funding from Hong Kong, active in Asia seeking to propel growth or seeking that competitive advantage in their international strategy. 


Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Location: Hilton Suites, 8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON

Cost: $180 Members | $288 Non-members

*Members in good standing are invited to attend the HKCBA Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Hilton Suites Markham*


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Program Overview

Friday, June 21, 2019


9:00 am - Registration


9:30 am - Welcome Address

  • Emily Mo, Director of The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
  • Zoheir Hasanbhai, President of The Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (GTA Section)
  • Councillor Alan Ho, Chair of Culture and Economic Development, City of Markham


9:45 am – 10:45 am - Panel 1: Optimal Time to Think Asia, Think Hong Kong again

To examine the role that Hong Kong plays as a source and target of trade and investment between Canada and Hong Kong

Moderator: Norman Morris, Board of Director, BCTCC

  • Callan Anderson, Executive Director, Hong Kong Corporate Services Group
  • Brahm Elkin, Founder and President, M&A Club
  • Adrienne Ho, Marketing Manager, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Toronto)


10:45 am – 11:45 am - Panel 2: Conquering Canadian resistance to trading in Asia

To explore the whys and wherefores of Canadian SMEs’ aversion to doing business in Asia

Moderator: Barry Macdonald, Chair of the Board, Chartered Professional Accountants of BC

  • Hans Bathija, Regional Director, Canada, Shadow Factory
  • Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director, Canada China Business Council
  • Karen Mak, Chief Executive Officer, dkstudio architects inc.
  • Andrew Skinner, Country Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank Canada


12 noon – 1:30 pm - Luncheon and Keynote Speech

  • The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion


1:45 pm – 3:00 pm - Panel 3: Belt and Road Initiative, Greater Bay Area, Express Rail Link

To deliberate the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, particularly in light of recent new infrastructure developments in Hong Kong including the Express Rail Link and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Moderator: Bob Armstrong, President, Armstrong Trade and Logistics 

  • Evan Due, Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia
  • Derek Vanstone, Global Director Government and Regulatory Affairs, Hatch

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm - Panel 4: Funding Opportunities in Hong Kong

To support growing and budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting funding from Hong Kong and Canada

Moderator: Raj Dewan, Partner, Capital Market & M&A, McMillan LLP

  • Alison Nankivell, Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling. Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Shirley Wong, Head of Investment Promotion, Canada, Invest Hong Kong


4:30 pm – 4:45 pm - Closing Remarks

  • Craig Lindsay, National Chair Hong Kong-Canada Business Association


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm - 35th Anniversary Networking Reception

Saturday, June 22, 2019

9:00 am - 11:00 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. 


June 18 to 30, 2019 - Hong Kong Week

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) is pleased to launch "Hong Kong Week" in June 2019 in both Vancouver and Toronto. Its theme "Connect and Excel" embodies how Hong Kong’s connects globally, with Mainland China and the rest of Asia; and helps to propel both people and business to excellence. Hong Kong's strategic advantages relate not only to its physical connections, but also financial, legal, scientific and creative links as well as people-to-people network. 

HKETO will stage and support a series of activities to celebrate Hong Kong's strengths, advantages and aspirational qualities of Asia's world city.  

The 2019 HKCBA National Conference will be a highlight of the "Hong Kong Week" event to explore opportunities for Canadian businesses to connect and excel. Other activities include:

  • “Connect and Excel – Past and Present” photo exhibitions

  • “Connecting Hong Kong and Canada through Music” academic seminar

  • “Voices of the World” Concert by the Hong Kong Oratario Society

  • Hong Kong-themed drama

  • Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

Details of the Hong Kong program can be viewed here. You are welcome to join the Hong Kong week to experience what makes Hong Kong a first-choice location in Asia for business and leisure!

HKCBA is pleased to offer out of town participants preferential pricing with the Hilton Suites for the National Conference.


Spacious accommodations, attentive service and just 30 minutes from Pearson International Airport make Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa ideal for business and leisure travelers.

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Hilton Suites

8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G 1A5