The Canadian Chamber offers a variety of committees for members to take part in. Committee involvement allows members to enjoy quality networking opportunities as well as to assist the Chamber in addressing opportunities and challenges within your industry. All Chamber members are welcome to attend these monthly meetings.
China Business Committee
Co-Chair: Philip Yu, Principle- Corporate & PRC Services at Fung, Yu & Co. CPA Limited
Co-Chair: Victor Yang, Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm
Co-Chair: Farida Lau, Director and Executive Search, Mindset
The mandate of the China Business Committee is to act as a resource for members interested in doing business in China as well as providing them with networking opportunities to meet and get to know other members active on the China mainland. Its members range from representative of large multinationals to entrepreneurs and professionals. In addition to regular briefings on relevant developments in PRC business and related topics, the Committee frequently hosts guest speakers to give insights into their respective China business experience.
Co-Chairs: Peter Wong (KPMG), Matt Sears (Seeds Training)
The Chamber has in the past engaged meaningfully in education as a committee focus, and today it’s more important than ever before. Indeed, in 2015, nearly 15% of Chamber members surveyed, representing both educational institutions and businesses, said they would like to see an Education Committee created.
With nearly 900,000 students engaged in K-12 education in Hong Kong, and another 90,000+ students in UGC-funded universities, the target audience of people who have a vested interest in the topic is perhaps larger than any other committee focus. Nearly every major multinational corporation represented in the Chamber has a team devoted to Learning & Development, and many have a demonstrated interest in building pathways to employment for the roughly two thirds of secondary graduates for whom there is no space in UGC-funded universities. The Chamber has an opportunity to provide a meaningful voice on these issues and use its convening power to foster connections and solutions within the space.
Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee
Co-Chair: Anthony Behan - Managing Director, The Communication Group
Co-Chair: Madeleine Behan - Director, The Communication Group
Hong Kong's position as a prosperous international business and financial centre has been built upon the entrepreneurial spirit of its people. Through the years, Canadian entrepreneurs have made an important contribution to that success. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Committee was founded in 2004 to develop and foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the Chamber, among its members and in the community at large.
The Committee organizes a variety of events that allow past, present and future entrepreneurs to exchange experiences, seek mentors, and educate themselves about the challenges they face establishing and operating a business in Hong Kong.
Financial Services Committee
Co-Chair: Henri Arslanian
Co-Chair: Iggy Chong, Managing Director, RBC
Co-Chair: Chris Marschall, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets
The mission of the Financial Services Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong ("CanCham FSC”) is to bring together the members involved in the financial services industry with the goal of becoming the premier forum for members of the financial services community of Hong Kong.
The CanCham FSC intends to bring together members of the broad financial services industry of Hong Kong including the asset management, investment banking, private equity, venture capital, hedge fund, wholesale and retail banking, wealth management, and insurance industries. This will be mainly achieved by way of monthly thought leadership events allowing members to connect, keep on top of the latest developments and share ideas.
Chair: Michael Kerr, Program Manager, Accelerators, IC Studio Limited
Co-Chair: Irene Chu, Partner, Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Hong Kong
The Canadian Chamber′s IT Committee has two main goals. The first is to provide Chamber companies with seminars and practical advice enabling them to take advantage of the latest trends in technology. The second is to help members develop business opportunities for their organizations within Hong Kong and China. The committee also works with Canadian IT companies and trade missions to help them penetrate these Asian markets.
Natural Resources Committee
Chair: Greg Harris, Executive Director, Equity Markets, CIBC
- Support network for our members in the natural resource industry
- Education and industry awareness
- Go-to organization for Canadian and foreign mining companies seeking support in Hong Kong
- Advance other Chamber objectives
- Broaden Chamber revenue base
Chair: Nigel Smith, Managing Director, Colliers
Vice-Chair: Karie Kwan, Operations Manager, CBRE -Asia Pacific Research
Vice-Chair: Kim Kan, Senior Manager, Global Real Estate and Construction at KPMG
CanCham Property Committee is a membership-based networking platform formed to engage property professionals and parties with an interest in property.
It educates and informs the CanCham membership on property-related matters. When needed, it advocates on behalf of the CanCham on property issues of concern.
Sustainable Development Committee
Chair: Joseph Law, Planning and Development Director of CLP Power
The mission of the SDC is to be a leader and innovator in promoting Hong Kong′s sustainable development.
- Implement engagement, learning and sharing opportunities and high profile events to enable the Chamber and its members to contribute to Hong Kong’s sustainable development.
- Feature Canadian business solutions and values wherever possible.
- Engage in constructive and high impact policy advocacy.
- Contribute to the creation of a better environment in Hong Kong for Canadians (and everyone else) to live and work in Hong Kong.
SDC meetings are held monthly at the Canadian Chamber boardroom at Unit 10BC, China Overseas Building, 139 Hennessy Road, WanChai, Hong Kong.
The Canadian Chamber's Sustainable Development Committee has been actively promoting sustainable social, environmental and economic development in the Hong Kong community since 1997. The committees' efforts focus on raising the awareness of key local issues while engaging Chamber members and the Hong Kong community. Committee activities range from eco-tour outings, research, publishing, and speaker events to working with the Hong Kong Government and other organizations to engage the community through inclusive, multi-stakeholder consensus-building processes. The Chamber′s Sustainable Development Committee is recognized in Hong Kong as a key business contributor to promoting sustainable development of Hong Kong.
The Women's Network
- Mrs. Madeleine Behan
- Mrs. Jennifer Chua
- Ms. Elizabeth L Thomson
Launched on May 15, 2014
- Creating a community of Women who Network
- Helping each other in their career or business
- Learning skills to support their journeys to success
Young Professionals Committee
Co-Chair: Melissa Mok - Management Associate, Sun Life Financial Asia
Co-Chair: Brendan Warren - Business Manager, Asia Business Development Group
Co-Chair: Daniel Silverstein - China Operations Manager, R2P Pet Ltd
Hong Kong’s position as a prosperous international business and financial centre is attracting and retaining increasing numbers of talented young professionals. The number of people studying in Hong Kong, returnees from various parts of the world including Canada, and more recently "Young Talents” from around the world keen to work in a growth environment, has created a large pool of young talented people in our city.
The Young Professionals’ Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong wants to attract such people to build the Canadian Chamber of the future. Since The YPC was relaunched almost two years ago, we have created a strong educational and networking platform to give to these young professionals the opportunity to polish develop themselves.
The Committee organizes a variety of events that allow Young Professionals to meet other YPs from within the community to exchange experiences, seek mentors, and educate themselves about the challenges they face in establishing and setting up successful careers in Hong Kong, China and in the Asia Pacific Region.