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Travelling to Canada? Apply for An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Posted By Administration, November 9, 2016

The Government of Canada's official website to apply for an eTA. It only costs $7 CAD. Most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying.

New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

More information here.

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Young Professionals Committee Kicks of Season 5 of the Mentorship Programme

Posted By Administration, October 6, 2016

2016 Sept YPC Mentorship Pre-Mixer

CanCham’s YPC Mentorship Programme kicked off its 5th season on September 27, 2016 at Cliftons. Over 60 young professionals and mentors participated in the speed networking and pre-mixer session where conversations and wine flowed freely.  Seated directly across from mentors, mentees had an opportunity to take part in a quick, speed-networking session and meet each mentor individually.

Special thanks goes to our venue sponsor Cliftons at Hutchison House



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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Announces the Appointment of Derrick Lee as President

Posted By Sarah Cheng, August 28, 2016

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Announces the Appointment of Derrick Lee as President

Hong Kong, August 29, 2016– The Chairman of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (the “Chamber”), Lawrence Nutting, today announced that Derrick Lee has been appointed as the Chamber’s full-time President. As head of the Chamber’s Secretariat, he will work with the Chamber’s Executive Committee to deliver programs and services that will further the objectives of the Chamber’s members and strengthen the Canadian business community in Hong Kong. Mr. Lee brings over 20 years of experience working with government departments and multi-national corporations from Canada, Hong Kong and the United States. He specializes in strategic planning, business development, public relations and stakeholder engagement.

“We are very pleased that Derrick has joined us” said Mr. Lawrence Nutting, Chairman of the Chamber. “His leadership experience in both the public and private sector combined with his deep knowledge of the Canadian business environment and his extensive network will contribute greatly to the capability and vitality of the Chamber which is already one of the most active international chambers in Hong Kong and one of the largest Canadian business associations outside of Canada’ he added.”

Prior to joining the Chamber, Mr. Lee worked as theHeadof Passport Section at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong since 2009. Before that, he held various management and advisory positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Transport Canada, Invest Hong Kong, State of California Office of the Governor, TD Waterhouse Brokerage and Canada Trust Financial Services.

Mr. Lee is a Fellow Certified Management Accountant and Certified Management Consultant. He is a graduate of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership program, and obtained his Master of International and Public Affairs degree at the University of Hong Kong and his Bachelor degree in International Business at Athabasca University in Canada.

Mr. Lee is trilingual (English, Chinese and French), and he actively serves in the community in non-profit and non-government organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Oxfam Hong Kong, StanfordSELP Alumni Association, Institute of Certified Management Accountants and Animals Asia Foundation. Mr. Lee is passionate about education, youth development and trade.

Prior to working in Hong Kong in 2001, Mr. Lee lived in Edmonton and Ottawa in Canada since the early 1980’s.

About the Chamber
Founded in 1977, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is a proactive, non-government body that provides an extensive networking platform for some 1,000 members with business interests in Canada, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the broader Asia-Pacific region. The Chamber is one of the largest Canadian business organizations outside of Canada, one of the leading and most active international chambers in Hong Kong, and an influential business group in Asia-Pacific. Like Canada itself, the Chamber’s strengths are built on the diversity of its members who range from blue-chip Canadian and well-known Hong Kong corporate names through to local startups. 




李偉奇先生曾於加拿大信託銀行、TD Waterhouse證券行、香港投資推廣署和美國加州政府州長辦公室工作,於2006年加入加拿大政府。他先後在加拿大政府的運輸部及庫務部工作,在2009年轉任為香港駐加拿大領事館的護照部主管。



香港加拿大商會於1977年成立,是一個活躍香港的非政府機構,致力為大約1,000名在加拿大、香港、中國以及其它亞太地區的會員提供一個交流平台。加拿大商會是在加拿大境外其中一個最大的商業組織,同時是在香港 以及亞太地區最活躍和具影響力的國際商業協會之一。 加拿大商會的優勢是秉承加拿大多元文化,為不同會員包括加拿大及本港的知名機 構和創業家提供服務。

Contact Information:
Sarah Cheng, Communications Manager
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
United 10 B&C, China Overseas Building, 139 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2110 8711 Fax: +852 2110 8700

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CanChamHK is Moving! See you in Wan Chai!

Posted By Administration, July 7, 2016




See you in Wan Chai!


Effective as of Monday, 8 August 2016, CanChamHK will be moving to a more convenient location (on top of the Wan Chai MTR station) to better serve you.
Our new address is:

Unit 10B & C, China Overseas Buildings
139 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wan Chai MTR Station Exit C
Our telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged. Kindly update your records to ensure that all mail and correspondence will continue to reach us. 

We look forward to your continued support and
 seeing you at our new office! 
Yours sincerely,
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong


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China Policy Centre: Now Recruiting Members

Posted By Sarah Cheng, June 30, 2016

OTTAWA, June 27th, 2016  

John Gruetzner and Andrew Work, on behalf of the 24 person founders' group, is pleased to announce that the recently formed China Policy Centre  based in Ottawa is currently actively recruiting its first group of individual members.

Membership is open to individual Canadians with a strong commitment and knowledge of China  that work in business, government, civil society, academia and media.  The first AGM will be held in the fall and the first Board of Directors will be elected by the members.

Corporate memberships will be offered in 2017.

The CPC will work to better understand and address the important economic, diplomatic, commercial, environmental, labour, national security and global governance questions and opportunities that China's global positon present globally and to Canada. 

The CPC also intends to fill a need in Canada for a forum that can conduct objective research and co-ordinate discussion about key policy issues related to China.

Its activities and mandate will focus on issues impacting contemporary China and its global rise by providing analysis and public policy options on how to improve Canada's overall understanding and engagement with China.

By curating research from global experts with peer input from existing think tanks, government, media, industry associations, businesses and NGOs, the CPC will develop objective, public policy-focused, fact-based analysis to help decision-makers in the public and private sectors.

The CPC will also provide actionable knowledge about China to key Canadian decision-makers, the media, public policy-focused organizations and the public.

To affect positive Canadian outcomes, the CPC will make its data-driven research available to the Government of Canada, all interested provincial governments, industry associations, public policy think tanks, the media and key Canadian stakeholders and…. will co-ordinate its efforts with those of similar organizations, societies and individuals in Canada, China and elsewhere.

The CPC will also develop programmes over time to work with Chinese governmental, academic and private institutions in areas of mutual policy interest. In addition, the CPC will support enhanced cultural understanding between Canada and China as a tool to be used in promoting a better public policy framework.

The CPC's founding group members visualize the CPC as complementing the excellent work presently being accomplished by other leading domestic institutions, including the China Institute of the University of Alberta, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the Canada China Business Council, and their global counterparts.  

The CPC has been modeled after leading international China-focused organizations including the Great Britain China Centre, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, the National Committee on the United States-China Relations, the Australia-China Council, the China Policy Institute and La China Institute in France.

Membership in the CPC is free for the first year and open to Canadian citizens and entities controlled by Canadian citizens, in each case, subject to approval by the board of directors of the CPC. The organization will be under the supervision of its legal counsel until the first board is elected at the first AGM by the members.  

To track CPC's progress and work please follow at  

Canadians that are interested in joining should contact John Gruetzner at or Andrew Work at Andrew Work

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Chamber President Philip Leung to Step Down in September 2016

Posted By Sarah Cheng, April 29, 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

I would like to let you know that I have decided not to seek a renewal of my employment agreement with The Canadian Chamber as its full-time President when it ends in mid-September. I will therefore plan to leave my current position on September 15, 2016.

Since joining CanCham in 2013, I have tremendously enjoyed working with a very supportive Exco under the leadership of our current Chairman Mr. Lawrence Nutting, and previously Mr. John Witt. Under their leadership, CanCham is a very invigorating organization indeed. In particular, I take tremendous pride and satisfaction in having successfully developed high-quality events, and embracing an active advocacy role on behalf of our members. We have also engaged other organizations with similar goals and objectives - the most important one is of course the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong. It is one of our staunchest partners, and I am grateful to CG Mr. Ian Burchett as well as STC Ms. Lynn McDonald for making this partnership work so well.

I will immediately work with the Chamber's leadership on succession. I will help the leadership to bring a successor on board before leaving this position to ensure that there will be a smooth handover. After stepping off, I intend on joining CanCham as a member.

I look forward to a smooth succession by September, and to staying in touch subsequently as your fellow CanCham member!




Philip Leung


The Secretariat 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong


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Throwback Thursday: Launch of Chamber's First Website in 1996

Posted By Administration, January 28, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Launch of Chamber and Commission websites by Lloyd Axworthy in 1996

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Throwback Thursday: Official opening of the Canadian Chamber's offices in Exchange Square in 1986

Posted By Administration, January 11, 2016

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New Year Message from the President

Posted By Administration, January 9, 2016
Updated: January 8, 2016

Dear CanCham Members,


Happy New Year!


As we embark on the year 2016, I would like to take stock of the progress last year, to outline some of the new initiatives and activities at our Chamber and to thank you, our valued members, for your continued engagement in another excellent year. As a membership organization, our success hinges on your staunch support.


The year 2015 has again been an active one, as we continue to build the Chamber community and create programs with a focus on quality and breadth. The Annual General Meeting of 2015 saw the election of our new Chairman Mr. Lawrence Nutting who continues the excellent leadership work of his predecessor Mr. John Witt.


We held over 100 events in 2015. In February we launched an Innovation and Technology Series, with sponsorship by KPMG, EMC and Velocity Solutions. The topics ranged from “Developments in the Pearl River Delta” to “The Cyber Security Challenge”. This Series went on to achieve great success, and will continue in February 2016 with “China's Connected Consumers".


We continued the Leadership Series started last year, with sponsorship by SES Strategic Executive Search. This year, speakers included John Rice, General Electric’s Vice Chairman, as well as Frederick Ma, recently appointed MTRC’s Chairman. We also continued our successful China Series, supported by KPMG, with sessions such as “China’s Fourth Plenum” and “Digital Technology Transforming China’s Leisure & Hospitality Industry”.


Leveraging on the success of the “Seed to Exit Series”, we launched a new series called “Starting, Managing and Marketing a New Business”. To top it off, we held the second annual “TransPacific Entrepreneurial Conference” in partnership with the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (HKCBA) in November at the HKTDC SME Centre. Credit for the above two initiatives goes to Madeleine Behan, co-chair of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee and recently elected Governor.


Our major social and community events, including our Annual Ball sponsored by Manulife, Canada D’eh Brunch and Skating Party sponsored by CIHL and Sun Life, Second Annual Canadian Golf Tournament sponsored by Sun Life and others also achieved tremendous success.


Our Chamber’s committees are another cornerstone of strength. Some eighty people serve on our nine focus committees, providing high-quality networking opportunities and addressing business opportunities in their respective sectors. In the last year, we have established a new committee, “The Women’s Network” which has already hosted six events to-date.



We have broken new ground in 2015 in representing Member interests outside of the Chamber. Early in the year, we hosted roundtable meetings with Hong Kong’s civic leaders and Chamber leaders to discuss subjects of interest to our members. Such meetings included Mr. Paul Chan, Secretary for Development, Mr. Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education, and Mr. John Tsang, Financial Secretary. In December we made a Policy Submission to Mr. C.Y. Leung, HKSAR Chief Executive, for his 2016 Policy Address.


To promote awareness of CanCham among Canadian companies looking to expand into Hong Kong and Mainland China and to continue building relationships with like-minded groups we extended our contact beyond Hong Kong. In early June, a small delegation of Chamber leaders attended the HKTDC’s “Think Asia Think Hong Kong” event in Toronto. Elizabeth Thomson, one of our Governors, hosted the panel “Selling to China and throughout Asia”, which highlighted successful strategies used to tap into the Asian market through Hong Kong. In October, a small number of our members attended the Annual Meeting and Policy Conference of Canada China Business Council (CCBC) in Shanghai, as we continued developing our ties with CCBC and HKCBA, the two leading Canadian-based organizations relevant to our mission.


During the fall we hosted a number of visiting government officials from Canada. Visitors included Mr. Jacques Daoust, Quebec’s Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports, Mr. Denis Coderre, Montréal Mayor, Ms. Kathleen Wynn, Ontario Premier, Mr. Frank Scarpitti, Markham Mayor, and several others.


The Chamber has also become an important stop for visiting University Presidents from institutions such as the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, York University and Simon Fraser.


CanCham’s most important strategic relationship continues to be a highly effective partnership with the local Canadian Consulate. We are grateful for the ongoing advice and assistance from Mr. Ian Burchett, Canadian Consul General, as well as Ms. Lynn McDonald, Senior Trade Commissioner, and their teams. We work closely together for the benefit of the local Canadian community. In addition, we continue to collaborate with the local representatives from Canadian provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.


We are grateful for the unwavering support of our members and sponsors.. Their support allows us to continue our hard work building  a stronger and more vibrant Canadian business community by enhancing business networking and facilitating the creation of business opportunities for our members. We are already the largest Canadian business organization outside of Canada, and one of the most active international chambers in Hong Kong. We will strive to be one of the best!


I would like to wish you and yours a successful and healthy New Year. In the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. May I also wish you the vigour, flexibility and intelligence associated with that wonderful creature!



Yours sincerely,


Philip Leung

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Policy Submission 2016

Posted By Administration, January 5, 2016

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (CanCham) has submitted comments and recommendations for the Chief Executive’s 2016 Policy Address and the Budget Consultation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

It addresses the following four subject areas:

1.       Financial Services

2.       The Environment

3.       Education

4.       Overall Business Environment


To read the comments and recommendations click here.

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