HKCBA National Conference

Think Asia Think Hong Kong 2.0 - June 21, 2019 in Toronto, ON

The 2019 HKCBA National Conference will be a part of Hong Kong Week in Toronto, highlighting opportunities for increased trade with Hong Kong amid an increasingly unpredictable global economy. Join us as we celebrate HKCBA’s 35th anniversary through both business focused and cultural events hosted in one of Canada’s most diverse cities. 

Lat year, the HKCBA National Conference:

  • Hosted over 150 attendees, and shared insights from 18 speakers from across Canada
  • Delved into the current landscape of the Asian economy and implications for Canadian businesses
  • Showcased the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area
  • Explored techniques companies can use to exploit up and coming financial technology both locally and in China
  • Crafted a dialogue on trends of incoming investment from Hong Kong, China and Asia
  • Supported budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their product to market through our 2018 National Investment Pitch Competition

Stay tuned for more details on the 2019 National Conference. 

Congratulations to our 2018 award winners!

National Investment Pitch Competition

1st Place


2nd Place

Zennea Technologies

3rd Place



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.

2018 Conference Program Overview

Friday, May 25, 2018

9:30 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
  • Zhichun Bian, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Montreal
  • Bin Han, HKCBA Montreal President and Directeur, Services aux entreprises Marché asiatique, Desjardins


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. 

Moderator: Todd Lambton, Regional Head - Business Development, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Canada

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


3:15 pm - 4:25 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.

Moderator: Mirela Pirlea, Lead Fintech for Cooperathon, Desjardins Innovation Lab

  • Randolph Mank, former Canadian Ambassador in Asia and ex Vice President, Blackberry
  • Riven Zhang, Founder and CEO, Motion Pay Technology Inc.
  • Scott Binns, Partner, Richter LLP
  • Frédérick Lavoie, COO, Flinks
  • Ari Himmel, Founder and CEO of Faimdata
  • Dendi Suhubdy, Deep Learning Researcher, Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms/Microsoft


4:40 pm - 5:40 pm: Panel #3 – Asian Inbound Investment

A discussion with capital markets, advisory and legal professionals about Chinese investment abroad.  Topics will include what sectors are hot, critical deal points, how to access capital from China and emerging issues with Chinese SOEs investing abroad. Attendees will also learn how best to position your business to attract inbound investment from China and Hong Kong.

Moderator: Barry Macdonald, TMF strategic advisor and retired PwC partner

  • Ken Su, Partner, PwC LLP
  • Raj Dewan, Partner, McMillan LLP
  • Drew Dorweiler, Managing Director, IJW & Co. Ltd.
  • Shawn Steil, Executive Director ‎of the Greater China Division, Global Affairs Canada


5:40 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Craig Lindsay, HKCBA National Chair and President, Otis Gold Corp.
  • Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Soeurs

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