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Webinar: Think Asia, Think Hong Kong: Team HKCBA Virtual Delegation to Hong Kong Forum 2021

21 Oct 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

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Established in 1984, the Hong Kong- Canada Business Association (HKCBA) has provided platforms and services to members and prospective members across Canada to facilitate their pursuit of different business interests, in particular, diversifying their business to Asia through the Hong Kong platform – think Asia, think Hong Kong. These include exploring opportunities in Asia and expanding domestic and international contact network. These HKCBA platforms and services have remained relevant in the new normal.

One of the annual HKCBA signature initiatives is the participation in the Hong Kong Forum. For the 22nd consecutive year, a Team HKCBA Delegation will be organized to take part in the Hong Kong Forum scheduled for November 30 – December 1 – in the format of a “Virtual” Mission -- so as to beat the COVID travel barriers.  

This webinar is designed to share with Members and prospective members what the Hong Kong Forum is, how members of our Team HKCBA Delegation have benefited from the event, and most importantly, how you can take advantage of the Forum this year.

Registration: Registrations are complimentary but reservations are required.

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Webinar Programme

Webinar Chair:  Cindy Ho, HKCBA National Chair

Remarks on “Hong Kong in the new normal” by Special Guest Speaker

Emily Mo, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)

Presentation on “Hong Kong Forum 2021” by

Alexandria Sham, Hon. Treasurer, Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide

Panel Discussions and Q&A Session on “Think Asia, think Hong Kong: Team HKCBA Virtual Delegation to Hong Kong Forum 2021”


Joseph Chaung, President, C4P Inc. (Also HKCBA Toronto GTA Section President) – a well-established Canadian entrepreneur sharing his experience of leveraging the Hong Kong Forum to expand his business with Asia

Drew Dorweiler, Managing Director, IJW & Co. Ltd. (Also HKCBA Montreal Section Board Director) – multi business leader awards winner sharing his experience of think Asia, think Hong Kong, participation in the Hong Kong Forum and developing exciting Canada-Hong Kong-Asia initiatives

Nigel Lai, Founder, Thirstea Beverages Ltd. (Also HKCBA Vancouver Section Admin Manager) – a young Canadian start-up sharing how he has benefited from attending the Hong Kong Forum as a student and developed his nascent and promising business

Meredith Sides, Founder, Naked Nut Butters – a young woman entrepreneur based in Mainland China sharing how her participation in the Hong Kong Forum has added value to her business development

Remarks on “Additional Upcoming Windows of Opportunity for Canadian Companies” by

Andrew Yui, Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Concluding Remarks by Webinar Chair Cindy Ho.

Speakers Biographies










Cindy Ho (Webinar Chair)

Hong Kong-Canada Business Association National Chair (HKCBA)

Cindy is the current National Chair of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA), where she has been involved since 2015 and acted previously as National Vice-Chair, Secretary and Director.

Cindy is also a partner at DS Lawyers Canada LLP and specializes in business law and works in a wide range of fields, including corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, leasing, public and regulatory law. She assists corporations in their general business operations by negotiating and drafting agreements. Cindy has an outstanding record involving national and international transactions, with a particular emphasis on China related matters. She supports the firm in its larger files, namely in international trade and customs law, IP and franchise law.  She leads numerous share, asset and real estate purchase and sale transactions. Cindy has also assisted many companies in their establishment abroad and accompanied many corporations in their expansion, including Chinese entrepreneurs in Canada as well as Canadian companies in China, and namely in the creation of WFOEs in China and JVs with a Chinese companies. Cindy has already been recognized and awarded with Corporate Lawyer of the Year by the Young Bar of Montreal at its 2019 Gala "Leaders of Tomorrow" and is recognized as a Corporate Rising Star 2021 by The Inside Network.

Giving back and volunteering are Cindy's core values. She has volunteered and fundraised for Héma-Québec, the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal Chinese Hospital. She sits on an advisory committee board of the Future of the Chinatown of the City of Montreal and was involved in various committees for the Young Bar of Montreal between 2014 and 2016.  She was President of the Young Chinese Professionals Association where she perpetuated their missions to unite, empower and propel young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs by continuing existing projects and created new programs (such as the first trade mission to China in May 2018), while maintaining partnerships and alliances. She organized and served for several years as President of the Orchid Ball organized by the YCPA, one of the most prestigious events of the Chinese community in Montreal which celebrates Asian Heritage Month.  She was a panelist at the 2017 National Women in Business Conference and she organized, in collaboration with the young chambers of commerce of the Island of Montreal, a networking event to discuss key issues such as diversity, retention of talent, equality, etc.










Emily Mo (Opening Remarks Speaker)

Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)


Emily joined the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in 2001 as a member of the Administrative Officer Grade.  In December 2018, she took up the Director post in the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, the mandate of which is to foster closer economic trade ties between Canada and Hong Kong, and also promote bilateral cultural relations and people-to-people ties.  Before that she had worked in different offices, including the Home Affairs Department, the then Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, the Security Bureau, the University Grants Committee Secretariat and the Tourism Commission of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.  Before coming to Toronto, Emily served as the Deputy Head of the Human Resources Planning and Poverty Co-ordination Unit under the Chief Secretary for Administration’s Private Office to support the Chief Secretary for Administration for monitoring the implementation progress of policy initiatives on human resources planning and poverty alleviation in Hong Kong.  Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong.










Alexandria Sham (Presenter on "Hong Kong Forum 2021")

Hon. Treasurer, Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide

Alexandria is the current elected Honorary Treasurer for the Federation.  She has been involved with the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (HKCBA) since 2002 and is currently a Past National Chair. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.  Previously she held the positions of HKCBA National Secretary and President of HKCBA - Calgary Section. HKCBA has over 1000 members in eight cities across Canada and is a member of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.

Alexandria has over 25 years of experience at RBC Financial Group, Canada’s largest financial institute. She has developed many corporate and personal client relationships during her career, in roles spanning from Asian Banking, Wealth Management and currently as a Member of the Platinum Advisor Group at RBC Insurance. Ms. Sham has received many industry and corporate sales achievements and awards including Million Dollar Round Table, President’s Club and Leaders Awards. Alexandria was nominated by RBC Insurance to be an Olympic Torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Games in recognition of her extensive leadership activities. In 2011, she was invited by the People’s Republic of China Chinese to participate in the Discovery Trip to China for Eminent Young Overseas Chinese in acknowledgment of her service in the Calgary community with such varied organizations as the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and the Sien Lok Society of Calgary.  Her other community board and volunteer activities include the Board of Orbis Canada and other not for profit groups.


Alexandria is a first generation born Chinese Canadian and she is fluent in Cantonese. Alexandria is married to Robert. Their personal interests include cooking, gardening, bicycling, art and architecture, literature, travel and embracing new cultures










Joseph Chaung (Panelist)

President, C4P Inc. (Also HKCBA Toronto GTA Section President)

Joseph is the Founder and President of C4P Inc which is specialized in product design and project development, sales and marketing of innovative products especially those in the green and alternative energy sector. With more than 30 years of experience in the product design and development industries in North America, Asia and Europe, Joseph has successfully worked with many inventors and designers in developing many new products.

Joseph has also been actively involved in many business and volunteer organisations. He is the President of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) GTA Toronto Section which actively assists Canadian companies in doing business with Hong Kong and through Hong Kong with other Asian countries. He is the Founder and Immediate Past President of the Oakville Chinese Business Association, the Co-Chair of the Mississauga Community Crime Awareness Day Event for many years and a Board Member of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association. He is currently a committee member of the Peel Region Police Chief’s Advisory Committee, and a Director of Safe City Mississauga.

As a Director of the Product Innovation Technology Advisory Committee, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Joseph supports many Canadian university/college graduates in their start-up projects and business. He is a professional mentor for many Canadian industrial design graduates assisting and encouraging them to promote their inventions to the World.

Joseph has received many recognitions including a Canada Senate 150th Anniversary Medal, the 2019 Most Progressive Award from ACCE (Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur). He was also invited by the Canadian Federal Government to join the Team Canada to China in 2015 led by then Prime Minister Steven Harper. He was also invited by the Ontario Government to join the Innovative Industrial Missions to Japan and Korea in 2015, 2017 and 2019.










Drew Dorweiler (Panelist)

Managing Director, IJW & Co. Ltd. (Also HKCBA Montreal Section Board Director)


Drew is the Managing Director of IJW & Co.’s valuation practice and oversees the firm’s Asian operations under the IJW Dorweiler brand. Drew has over 36 years of experience advising on thousands of valuation, M&A, corporate finance and litigation-support mandates globally. He formerly held the positions of VP at RSM Richter, Sr. Manager of Financial Advisory Services at BDO, Principal at Wise Blackman and worked in various other capacities with Lazard, Merrill Lynch and Deloitte in New York City.

Drew holds a dual MBA in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Lubin Graduate School of Business at Pace University and received a Bachelor degree in Economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a former Trustee of The Appraisal Foundation in Washington DC and a former Director of The CBV Institute.  Drew is currently on the Membership and Standards Recognition Board of the International Valuation Standards Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of The CBV Institute. He is a Director and Vice President of the HKCBA Montreal Section Board.










Nigel Lai (Panelist)

Founder, Thirstea Beverages Ltd. (Also HKCBA Vancouver Section Admin Manager)

Nigel is the Founder of Thirstea Beverages Ltd and the Manager of Administration from HKCBA Vancouver. He founded the beverage manufacturer in February 2019, and now his beverages are distributed to over 40 retailers across Canada. He is currently operating a CFIA-approved facility with a written HACCP plan. His accomplishments from Thirstea assisted him in building a solid network in the F&B industry. He is open to connecting to anyone interested in knowing more about his business or the F&B industry. 










Meredith Sides (Panelist)

Founder and CEO of NAKED拿颗酱 (Naked Nut Butters)


Meredith founded NAKED拿颗酱 in 2016 in Beijing. China.

NAKED is a health food company that aims to sustainably source all-natural ingredients to create their line of nut-based products. Having originated in Beijing, China, NAKED now owns its very own factory in the heart of Sichuan, with sales channels all across China.

Meredith is originally from the United States, and came to China in 2011 to pursue an international career. Originally working in project management, she realized her true passion was in food and nutrition, and thus started making homemade nut butters with just a blender and a dream to create something impactful. After connecting with a local Chinese NGO, she was able to set up her own manufacturing site, and now works directly with the local farmers to source her ingredients and produce her line of healthy products. After achieving initial success within China, it is her ultimate goal to expand internationally and create products that link local agriculture with global tastes.










Andrew Yui (Remarks Speaker on
"Additional Upcoming Windows of Opportunity for Canadian Companies")

Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Andrew was appointed Director, Canada of HKTDC in July 1993. HKTDC is Hong Kong’s statutory body responsible for the promotion of international trade (imports and exports) in merchandise, services and technologies, via the Hong Kong platform. The Council works through a network of 50 offices worldwide. The HKTDC Branch Office in Canada, based in Toronto, is established to encourage and assist Canadian companies to diversify their business to Asia through Hong Kong. Since early 2020, to help Canadian companies to beat the COVID barrier, HKTDC Toronto Office has joined forces with like-minded multiplier partners like HKCBA, HKETO and many others in staging Canadian virtual missions to online Hong Kong international trade fairs and conferences. 

Enquiries: Andrew Yui, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Toronto Office,

Tel: 416-366-3594 or email:

21 Oct 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

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