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Briefing and Q&A with the Honourable Minister Yelich on the Canada-Hong Kong Bilateral Relationship
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Briefing and Q&A with the Honourable Minister Yelich on the Canada-Hong Kong Bilateral Relationship

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 Asia.

24/02/2014
When: Monday, February 24, 2014
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
1301 Kinwick Centre
32 Hollywood Road
Central
Hong Kong
Contact: Amanda Ho


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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 Asia. 

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 Immigration. 

Prior to her election, Ms. Yelich and her husband owned and ran a successful farming operation on the outskirts of Kenaston, Saskatchewan. 

In addition to her long history of political involvement, Ms. Yelich remains active in local church and community activities. 

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.

Henri has 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.

Henri is 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

Henri sits 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. 

Henri holds 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 Association.

 

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