HKCBA | National Conference

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

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.

Looking ahead at the next 20 years, the 3-day HKCBA 2017 National Conference will:

  • Delve into past, present and future developments in Hong Kong-Canada relations
  • Craft a dialogue on current trends in Hong Kong-Canada and China-Canada economic developments
  • Share insights from Canadian companies on how they took advantage of the Hong Kong gateway to China, Asia and the rest of the world
  • Support budding Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their product to market through our  National Investment Pitch Competition

Last year’s conference played host to over 220 attendees invested in doing business between Canada and Asia, welcomed speakers from across Canada, North America and Hong Kong as well as supported propelling young entrepreneurs’ business ideas linking Canada to Hong Kong.


Date: June 1-3, 2017

Location: The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $100 Members | $150 Non-members

Program Overview

Thursday, June 1, 2017

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Pre Conference Meet and Greet

Join us at the Hyatt Regency to connect with speakers, our Hong Kong partners and conference attendees.

Location: Seymour/Grouse/Stanley Rooms - 34th Floor, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7


Friday, June 2, 2017

Location: Plaza Ballroom - 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7


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

  • Jeff Nankivell, Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao
  • Dickson Hall, Partner, Valuestone Advisors Ltd and past Government of BC representative in Hong Kong

9:45 am: Networking Break

10:00 am - 11:00am: Breakout Panels

#1 - Film and Creative Industries

  • Gordon Esau, Partner, Dentons
  • Bob Wong, Vice President and Acting BC Film Commissioner, CreativeBC
  • Juliet Smith, Partner, Dentons
  • Shan Tam, Producer

#2 - Agriculture and Agrifood

  • Jackson Ng, Global Fruits
  • Chelsea Sang, Pacific Rim Shellfish
  • Nathan Fong, Fong on Food
  • Jennifer Kwong, Agrifood and Seafood Manager, British Columbia International Trade & Investment Representative Office in Hong Kong


11:00 am: Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Breakout Panels #3 & #4 

Retail and Consumer Trends in Hong Kong and Greater China

Transportation and Logistics

  • Ralph Chow, Director - Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Philippe Lacamp, Senior Vice President Americas, Cathay Pacific

12:15 pm: General Announcements

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

  • Charles Ng, Associate Director, Invest Hong Kong
  • Prof. Ronald Li, Executive Director, MWLC, Karolinska Institutet, Hong Kong

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:00 am - 11:30 am: 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. 

Location: Plaza Ballroom B/C - 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7


Reserve your spot today!

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


The Hyatt is a contemporary-styled hotel in the heart of downtown. The hotel is within walking distance to many downtown attractions including Stanley Park, restaurants, galleries and luxury shopping.

Click here to book your hotel room. 

Hyatt Regency Vancouver

655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 2R7


Domestic flights to Vancouver 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.

Promotional code: NVQYUCU1

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Supporting Organizations

Congratulations to our 2016 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 IJW Dorweiler Ltd., a leading corporate finance boutique that provides advisory and investment banking services to mid-market companies. IJW offers creativity and innovation by linking the Canadian and Hong Kong markets, enabling small and medium sized enterprises to access cross-border transaction opportunities and funding networks ordinarily unavailable, and furnishing them with valuation expertise and strategic financial advice. Having established their joint company in Hong Kong last year, IJW with the engagement of the Hong Kong Family, has showcased the value of the Hong Kong platform in their diversification to Asia. 

National Investment Pitch Competition

1st Place

Ionomr Inc.

2nd Place

Deepwater Farms

3rd Place

Smoke Barrel


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 Montreal who demonstrated leadership in the critical area of member engagement with their local mentorship program.