SEASON 11 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: MENTORS
Meet Our Mentors! Read the summary and click their name to see their LinkedIn bio. When choosing your Mentor, keep an open mind to not limit yourself to a certain industry as our Mentors have a wealth of experiences and skills which are transferable across different industries. Their wisdom and guidance can be applied to various roles and career paths.
We will continue to update this list of Mentors, so stay tuned! This Mentorship Program is open to CanChamHK Members and Non-Members.
Please note that Mentors listed on this website are not confirmed as this is dependent on the number of pairings. All Mentors & Mentees are invited to attend the Launch Ceremony (date to be confirmed). They will have a chance to speak with one another and Mentees will submit their Mentor preference after the event.
"Agnes has worked at Manulife in multiple segments and in various functional areas including IT, Operations, Finance, Strategic Initiatives, PMO, and Information Risk. She moved from Canada to Hong Kong about five years ago to take on the AVP, IT & Operations Performance role in the HK CIO/COO Office. She is a leader, mentor and coach with strong communication, analytical and organizational skills. She has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and an MBA as well as the following certifications, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-Canada), Certified Public Accountant (CPA-U.S.), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Her interests include traveling, golfing, tennis, skiing, architecture, interior design, and urban development."
"Arthur joined CKI in 2022 to originate and execute global infrastructure M&A transactions. He was previously a director at Barclays with 11 years of investment banking experience focused on M&A and capital raising. "
"Carol Yuen is a 3rd generation banker with over 20 years of international financial experience. Carol founded the Alpha Grand Group in Hong Kong in 2017. Prior to founding Alpha Grand Group, Carol held senior positions with a number of international financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered, Citigroup and HSBC Group. Carol has diversified experience in the international financial sector. She has worked in areas including commercial banking; treasury products and structuring in forex, interest rates, commodities, equities; private banking and investment banking. After having accumulated years of banking experience, Carol further expanded into real estate investments and structuring bespoke life insurance policies for ultra-high net worth clients. She has completed over USD 35 billion worth of transactions in aggregate during her career. "
"Celia is a Senior Vice President at Clarion Partners, is a Senior Account Executive within the Client Capital Management group. Celia is based in Hong Kong and is focused on institutional client relationships in the Asia Pacific region. Her experience spans commercial real estate portfolio management, asset management, corporate real estate strategies, research, and development consultancy in North America and Asia. She is also passionate about technology and innovation. Celia holds an MBA at University of Toronto, an EMBA from University of Saint Gallen andMsc. from Southern Illinois University. "
"Cheuk has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry spanning a wide variety of roles. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Airport Services Limited, responsible for all commercial and operational functions relating to the provision of Ground Handling Services at Hong Kong International Airport. He was previously Head of Customer Relationships at Cathay Pacific Airways, responsible for the entire customer lifestyle including Marco Polo Club, Asia Miles and Registered Accounts. Cheuk has worked in other commercial roles including stints in revenue management, planning & partnerships and has worked & lived in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Penang and Vancouver. He is a graduate of Queens University, Canada, where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Professional Internship. Keen on outdoor pursuits, Cheuk is interested in tennis, basketball, skiing & wake surfing."
"Dan manages, leads, follows, and works alongside everyone while following a simple rule of thumb: Everyone knows something you don’t. He aims to always think critically and logically while listening carefully and compassionately. Dan has been in HK for 11 years having worked in several industries, a large proportion being in education and now in Scotch whisky trading. He grew up in a town called Comox on Vancouver Island, Canada. He plays hockey and golf regularly and played in a handful of bands in his younger years, primarily playing drums and guitar."
"Dave Yip is the Founder and President of Gamatech Limited. Dave has over 35 years of experience in the information technology industry, including over 10 years in the banking sector with an additional 15-plus years focused on the Identity and Access Management (IAM) space. Dave has used his IAM expertise and visionary insights to help bring numerous innovative identity solutions to Hong Kong and to develop Gamatech into a leading services organization with over 30 staff. Prior to Gamatech, Dave worked for PCCW Limited, Getronics (HK) Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, and Wang Laboratories. Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Operations Research and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is the co-author of “Identity Management: A Primer”, published in 2010."
"Derek has over 30 years of combined consulting, leadership and management experience spanning finance and insurance, high-tech, major brands, education, and service industries. He is a certified executive coach and a passionate Mentor, and has supported the CanChamHK Mentorship Program for the past 7 years. He has deep expertise in helping Mentees with managing their careers - from current status to short-term and long-term goals! Derek is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and lives in Hong Kong. He has spent the last 36 years living in a number of Asia Pacific locations: Hong Kong, PRC (Beijing), Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. His hobbies include skiing, hiking, running, swimming, and staying fit!"
"Ella Cheong is recognized as one of the best woman lawyers in Asia. She is a pioneer in Asia in IP practice and is respected worldwide with 100+ professional awards to date voted by many peers and clients. In 2018, Ella became the very first Asian woman to be inducted into the global prestigious IAM IP Hall of Fame, an award in recognition for her enormous contribution to the development of IP laws. Ella is renowned for her savviness and cross-Asia IP knowledge in all areas of IP, whether contentious or non-contentious matters. Given her profound experiences in representing multi-national corporations and advising on IP laws, Ella is quick in offering commercially viable and pragmatic solutions to her clients."
"Mr. CHAN is a digital, social media, public engagement and communication specialist. He has extensive knowledge of social media and public relations, he maintains good relationship with key online media and social media platforms across the region. He joined higher education institutions as Senior Lecturer since 2020, currently in his doctorate fellowship in CUHK. Given his rich experience and direct involvement in the evolution of regional social media, Mr. CHAN witnessed that social news took only five years to become the norm, half the time which IBM predicted in 2010. Mr. CHAN is one of the very few key players in the public sector utilizing and maximizing social media and digital communication, both for stakeholder engagement (proactive) and issue management for crisis prevention (defensive). Mr. CHAN was the Group Digital Director of Samsung (HK) ltd from 2016 to 2017, and head of the digital communication unit of MTR Corporation (MTRC) from 2013 to 2016. His background in agency, branding, higher education and municipal brings a well-rounded perspective to his work in Corporate Communication and Social Media mixture. Prior to joining MTRC, Mr. CHAN worked in first Digital Communication staff in Edelman Hong Kong and Taiwan as head of Digital Communication, where he led a team in strategy development to ensure effective staffing levels and staff quality for required social media and digital deliverable. "
Chief Executive, Bank of Montreal (BMO) Hong Kong, and MD, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Asia
“Fang has over two decades of experience in the financial industry leading and managing infrastructure and shared services for wholesale banking, wealth management and retail banking; including finance, operation, technology, procurement, corporate real estate and operational risk management. Prior to joining BMO, Fang was the COO at ANZ Bank (China) Co. Ltd. after progressive promotions within ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne, Australia. As the Chief Executive of BMO Hong Kong Branch (Designated), Fang provides leadership and oversight to develop and execute strategy to grow the banking business in the Hong Kong branch. Fang is also passionate about making a positive impact within her community. She is the Executive Ambassador leading BMO Employee Giving Campaign in Asia. Fang is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Tasmania, Australia."
"Gary is a Canadian, who has been in the insurance industry- risk management - for many years. He has resided and worked in Canada, Bahamas, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. He is a father to a 22-year-old who is currently studying microbiology in Canada. Gary enjoys his current role and when he's not working, he cycles up to 100 kms per week. He is a patron of the Hong Kong ballet and a collector of watches."
"Hodson provides risk oversight of all BMO businesses in Asia (excluding China). In addition, Hodson was named Alternate Chief Executive for BMO Hong Kong Branch in March 2021 to assist in the supervision of the Branch’s key businesses, internal controls, and risk management. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the Canadian banking industry. Prior to joining BMO, Hodson was based in Singapore as Head of Market Risk for TD Bank. Before relocating to Asia in 2008, he spent 9 years at both TD and Scotiabank in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance & Economics and completed the CFA program and was awarded the CFA charter."
"Jeffrey leads the risk and compliance practice at Protiviti Hong Kong with more than 20 years of regulatory compliance advisory and audit experience. He advises clients on regulatory controls and compliance advisory, internal audit, licensing, operational resilience, FATCA and CRS among other areas of compliance risk management and covers the financial sectors in Hong Kong and China. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2013, he has led a number of regulator-driven projects including health checks, look-backs and remediation exercises. He has helped clients obtain new licenses for wealth and insurance activities and build new operating models including robo-advisory and online investment platforms. Prior to joining Protiviti, Jeffrey was a Partner at KPMG. He was responsible for regulatory, compliance and risk management advisory, internal audit, operational enhancement and performance improvement."
"Dr. Cheh received a Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Economics, specializing in International Trade Policy, from M.I.T. After teaching a course on International Economics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he began his career in 1974 at the Treasury Board and Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada. Between 1980 and 1993, he served as Commercial Counsellor in Beijing and Seoul, and Minister Counsellor (Economic) in Tokyo with Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade. He also worked for two years as the Executive Director of the Canada-China Trade Council in 1985 and 1986. In 1994, Dr. Cheh moved to Hong Kong as the President, Asia, of Bell Canada International Inc., in charge of strategic telecommunications investments and mergers and acquisitions activities. In 2001, he became the President of Bombardier China, overseeing both its aircraft and railcar divisions. In 2003, Dr. John Cheh joined the Esquel Group, a global textile and apparel manufacturer, and became Esquel’s Vice Chairman and CEO in 2007, until his retirement at the end of 2020. Dr. Cheh is currently a Board member of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation, a member of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council and the Board of Governors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. In 2012, the University of Western Ontario conferred a Honourary LL.D. degree on Dr. Cheh in recognition of his expertise in trade and labour issues."
"Katherine is the Founder and Managing Director of Tangram Global, a professional practice specialising in individual and organisational growth. Her coaching and consulting work combines over 20 years of corporate global business experience with contemporary research in organisation dynamics, neuroscience and psychology. Katherine’s purpose is to create measurable, sustainable change through executive and team development, effective leadership and communication, and organisational agility. Her focus is on optimising individuals’ strengths and building powerful teams to increase engagement, performance, and results. She advises businesses on new models of work, fostering strong, inclusive cultures and effectively leading and managing change. Katherine is a recognised facilitator and negotiator, particularly in diverse cultural environments. Katherine is a west-coast Canadian who happily wandered the world and has made Hong Kong home since 2003."
"Leo is a leadership expert with strong passion in Technology and Innovation. He is the Group Chief Information Officer at Emperor Group with his 20 years of Technology and Transformation experiences throughout the Investment Banking, Financial Services and Consulting industries. He has worked in HK, the Mainland China, Canada and UK. Leo has Actuarial Science degree from University Of Toronto, Master in Financial Engineering from City University of Hong Kong, and Master of Law in Corporate and Financial Law from University of Hong Kong. He is also CPA (Aust) member, and holds CGEIT (Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), Prince2, CSM (Certified Scrum Master)."
"Mabel is a teacher, writer, editor and communications specialist with a demonstrated history of working in higher education, the media industry and corporate world. In recent years, she started a new journey focusing her energy on making an impact. In the past, Mabel had great opportunities to work as a journalist for the print media, radio and television, and as a consultant and communications specialist for corporates, universities and in government-related projects. She also had the great privilege to serve the community through leading an NGO where she met many extraordinary minds and social entrepreneurs. Recently, her journey took an interesting turn and lead her back to South China Morning Post, where she will continue to create an impact for the community of HK."
"Monica grew up in Toronto and attained her bachelor’s degrees in education and environmental studies from York University. She later furthered her education at the Hong Kong University where she attained a master’s in social science in the field of corporate environmental governance. She has worked in the international education field for over 20 years in various teaching and management roles. She combines her love of teaching with community service projects with a focus on sustainability and the UNSDGs. She believes in nurturing children from a young age to be agents of positive change."
"Ralph's journey to Hong Kong began almost 4 years ago when he decided to start a new chapter and left his precious cold city of Montreal. As a driven entrepreneur, starting his career in a Big 4 consulting firm specializing in cyber security and innovation and knowing 4 languages, enabled him to see every opportunity from several angles. His core beliefs are based on being open-minded and down-to-earth. Throughout his career, he was fortunate to have mentored and coached several people, both students and individuals in the workforce. By sharing his experience and the lessons he learned, he was able to encourage them to realize that anything is possible, no matter their academic background or current job. This allowed him to remain neutral, build trust and help individuals to excel. He looks forward to learning and growing together even more!"
"Raymond is a software engineer and product designer. He co-founded two prosperous startups, TGG Interactive and Global Gaming Group, where he served as director and CEO, leading customer intelligence and electronic gaming businesses from 2007 to 2018. Earlier in his career, Raymond was a founding member of the data engineering team at E*TRADE from Morgan Stanley and played a pivotal role in designing the TiVo customer intelligence system for an internet unicorn in Silicon Valley."
"Samuel Demarais is an Impactified business and performance coach based in Hong Kong who believes that with the right tools and methodologies, all entrepreneurs and individuals can develop their full potential, overcome obstacles and accelerate their growth. His international career spans over 20 years in audit, consulting and finance, including 13 years in Asia. Samuel has led numerous leadership programs (Design Thinking, co-development, mentoring and training). Samuel is a certified coach accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)."
"Shruti is currently working in a regional role as Senior Vice President in HSBC Hong Kong, as Regional Relationship Manager, driving international banking/MNC business from large US multinationals into Hong Kong as well as the wider Asia Pacific region. Prior to HK, she was working as SVP & US Team Head in HSBC Malaysia. Shruti has 10+ years in Corporate Banking with experience across Regional Deal Origination, Business Development, Credit Analysis & Appraisal, Restructuring & Recovery. She also has 16 years of extensive work experience across Banking and IT sectors."
"Simon built his career from developing cryptographic software to being a cybersecurity leader working across 3 continents over the past 23+ years including 15+ year in Banking IT. He is currently a Security Architect for the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) responsible for Application Security, Cloud Security and DevSecOps. Before joining HKJC, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Serai, a wholly-owned subsidiary tech start-up by HSBC where he was responsible for the strategy, direction and daily operations of the cybersecurity team. Prior Serai, he was the Director of Threat Vulnerability Surface of Attack at Block.one / Bullish where his responsibilities included vulnerability assessments, periodic penetration tests, bug bounty, security configuration compliance and remediation efforts. He also spent 10 years with HSBC in various Information Security and Cybersecurity roles both in Switzerland and Hong Kong. In his last role at HSBC, he was leading Security Testing globally for the bank, managing over 70 internal pen testers. Originally from Québec (Canada), Simon holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science Engineering Option from Université Laval. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Simon is also a seasoned public speaker who has talked at major events including BSIMM Europe, AppSec Forum Switzerland and DragonCon Hong Kong. He can speak multiple languages including French, Spanish and basic Cantonese. He currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife and son."
"Wallace is currently VP of International Business at METAX HK leading a team of business and technical professionals. Prior to METAX, Wallace worked at Facebook for 6 years; most recently in Product Marketing driving business growth for Greater China Region, and earlier in Marketing partnerships as the first founding technical member in Facebook APAC. Prior to Facebook, Wallace built his great passion and expertise on products through various international product and program management experiences. He worked globally (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Toronto, Seattle) in MNCs such as Microsoft, AMD, ATI and Telstra. He took his master’s degree in Engineering at Cornell University and BASc in Electrical Engineering at University of Waterloo."