[Webinar] The Value of a Canadian Education: Part 1

October 29, 2020, 08:00-09:00

Member Price: HKD 100
Non-Member Price: HKD 150


The webinar link will be emailed to all successful registrants at 6:00PM on Wednesday, 28th October 2020


The Chamber's Education Committee is excited to highlight the characteristics of the Canadian curriculum, pathways to higher and further education, how to prepare students, and more specific elements such as the value of a co-op program or outdoor experiential education. This series will provide a platform for students and families to learn directly from high school and university representatives. This session, we will host speakers from Christian Alliance International School, St. Margaret's School, and the University of Waterloo.

Join us on Thursday 29th October to learn more about the value of a Canadian education!


Richard Vanderpyl 
Head of School 
Christian Alliance International School 
Richard Vanderpyl is the Head of School of Christian Alliance International School (CAIS). He left New Zealand for Hong Kong to join CAIS since 2019, bringing with him over 34 years of experience in education. Prior to joining CAIS, Richard held a leadership role at Middleton Grange School in Christchurch, New Zealand for 17 years. Richard is a passionate educator with extensive experience in the development of quality international education. He’s also a trailblazer who loves to explore innovative ideas and create new opportunities. 


Jim Cohn
Director of Enrolment
St. Margaret's School
Jim comes to us with over ten years of experience in academic administration at independent schools, and 25 years as a professor of humanities. Jim received his B.A. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in French and German. After being awarded a Fulbright scholarship in German Studies from the Universität zu Köln, he went on to complete an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Chicago under the direction of Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow. Jim’s most recent position at Quest University in Squamish, BC, required him to wear many hats, including Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Executive Vice President, overseeing Admissions and Financial Aid. During his tenure Quest enjoyed its best-ever recruitment year, enrolling more than 200 new students. He also played a significant role in designing the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum which has made a splash in academia worldwide.


Tony Munro
Manager, International Recruitment
University of Waterloo
Tony Munro is the Manager of International Undergraduate Recruitment at the University of Waterloo. Tony has been involved in student recruitment for the past 8 years and prior to that spent 18 years as a Co-op Co-ordinator at the university. Tony's current role is focused on managing Waterloo's recruitment efforts globally in order to maintain and strengthen the university's diverse student body. International students make up 20% of the University of Waterloo's undergraduate student body and those students come from over 80 different countries. In Tony's previous role as a Co-op Co-ordinator, he developed job opportunities for students, managed employer relationships, and tracked and supported students as they completed work-integrated learning experiences. These combined experiences have given Tony a unique insight into the motivations and benefits for both students and employers in combining education and work experience to maximize learning, enhance workplace contributions, ease employment transition, and promote career launch and development.



Christopher Ng
Co-Chair, Education Committee
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Christopher possesses extensive knowledge of the education sector, with over 15 years of educational management experience across Hong Kong, Macau, Canada and Belgium. He specializes in education strategy, school setup and consultancy, project co-creation and fundraising, and development of teacher CPD programmes. Chris has collaborated with numerous local public schools, academics, government, NGO’s and the private sector. His current unit at the British Council trains over 1000 local teachers and staff per year across a variety of industries, focusing on English language, soft skills and digital literacy. He has previously set up and managed multiple language learning centres and film schools, and has operated a teacher recruitment agency that has provided hundreds of Native English Teachers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for local schools and institutes across Hong Kong.

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