About the Event:
Canada’s Minister of
State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), Ms. Lynne Yelich, will share her views on
the Canada-Hong Kong bilateral relationship, address consular services
delivered to Canadians abroad and provide an update on initiatives that the
Government of Canada has undertaken to advance its commercial interests in
Hong Kong is a dynamic
market for Canadian trade and investment interests in Asia, becoming Canada’s
6th largest merchandise export market in 2013, with exports totalling $4.9
billion. This importance was underscored in the identification of Hong
Kong as a priority market in the Government of Canada’s recently announced
Global Markets Actions Plan, which sets out specific trade and investment targets
for a number of priority markets including Hong Kong. With a significant
number of Canadians living, working and doing business in Hong Kong, Ms. Yelich
will also discuss provision of consular services to Canadians overseas.
Following Ms. Yelich’s
comments, the floor will be opened to questions from the audience, which will
be moderated by Henri Arslanian.
About the Speaker:
Lynne Yelich was first elected to the
House of Commons in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In July 2013, Ms. Yelich was appointed
Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular). Previously, she was appointed
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) in October 2008. Prior to her appointment to the Ministry, Ms.
Yelich was a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human
Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. She
has also been a member of the standing committees on the Status of Women, on
Transport, on Government Operations and Estimates, and on Citizenship and
Prior to her election, Ms. Yelich and
her husband owned and ran a successful farming operation on the outskirts of
In addition to her long history of
political involvement, Ms. Yelich remains active in local church and community
Ms. Yelich resides in Kenaston with her
husband Matthew. They have two daughters.
About the Moderator:
Henri Arslanian assists Asian, European and U.S. hedge funds on
legal, regulatory, onshore/offshore structuring, fund governance and tax
matters as well as on the latest trends and investor requirements on hedge fund
operational due diligence and capital raising.
extensive experience advising hedge funds on the regulatory and tax
implications of trading Asian financial markets, including Hong Kong,
Singapore, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and Australia as well as on the
impact of U.S., European and offshore regulations on such hedge funds.
called to the Bar in both New York and Quebec and started his career as a
lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong, where he advised financial institutions,
private equity and hedge funds
on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and
is the current Co-Chair of its Financial Services Committee. He also was the
Chair of its China Business Committee from 2009 to 2012 as well as the
President of the Quebec-Asia Law and Business Association from 2007 to 2008.
Since 2012, he has been appointed as a member of the Regulatory and China
Committees of AIMA, the global hedge fund industry trade association, in Hong
Kong. In addition, Henri is the
current President of the Armenian Community of Hong Kong and China.
Fluent in English, French, Armenian, Spanish and conversational in Mandarin
Chinese, Henri regularly lectures in universities and
speaks at industry events globally on the topic of financial markets and hedge
fund regulatory changes in Asia and China.
a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University, a Bachelor of Law from the
University of Montreal (Dean's List of Excellence) and a Masters in Common Law
and Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke (Governor General of
Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence).
He is currently pursuing a joint Global Executive MBA at Columbia Business
School, London Business School and Hong Kong University and was named as one of
the global "20 Rising Stars under 40" by the Armenian Bar