HKCBA National Conference

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

That's a wrap! Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and attendees for making this year's 2017 HKCBA National Conference “Hong Kong & Canada – The Next 20 Years” a success!

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.

The 2017 HKCBA National Conference:

  • Hosted over 200 attendees, showcased insights from 18 speakers from across Canada, the USA and Hong Kong and 
  • Delved into past, present and future developments in Hong Kong-Canada relations
  • Crafted a dialogue on current trends in Hong Kong-Canada and China-Canada economic developments
  • Shared insights from Canadian companies on how they took advantage of the Hong Kong gateway to China, Asia and the rest of the world
  • Supported budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their product to market through our 2017 National Investment Pitch Competition

Stay tuned for more details on the 2018 National Conference. 


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. 

Member Section Engagement Award

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

2017 Conference Program Overview

Friday, June 2, 2017

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

  • Jennifer Kwong, Agrifood and Seafood Manager, British Columbia International Trade & Investment Representative Office in Hong Kong
  • Nathan Fong, Food and Travel Journalist, Chef, BC Government,
  • Jackson Ng, Sales and Marketing Representative, Global Fruits
  • Simon Mills, AVP Business Development, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, 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