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

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:00 am - 10:30 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. 

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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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.