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10:15 am
What the Belt and Road Initiative means for Canadian Businesses

The Honourable John McCallum
Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China

The Honourable John McCallum has enjoyed a distinguished career serving in six ministerial portfolios with The Government of Canada, most recently in Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship. Mr. McCallum also nominated Nelson Mandela as honorary citizen in 2001 and led an initiative to welcome more than 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.

Now serving as the Ambassador of Canada to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. McCallum will be the Forum’s first keynote presenter, talking about opportunities for Canadian business in China

10:45 am
Panel Discussion: What Canadian Businesses Need to Know About BRI


Sandra Pupatello
President, Canadian International Avenues Ltd.

Sandra Pupatello is currently the President of Canadian International Avenues Ltd., a management consulting firm she began in 2011. Sandra entered the private realm after a distinguished career in the Ontario Legislature, serving as an MPP for 16 years and as a Cabinet Minister for eight—six of those as the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

Sandra is a strong advocate for Ontario's manufacturing sector and is a Director of the Board at Martinrea International, Canada's third-largest auto parts supplier. She has a continuing interest in the energy sector having spent much time in government working with energy companies and was Chair of Hydro One, Canada's largest transmission company.

Sandra is Vice-chair of Ontario Global 100, an industry-based group that promotes and assists trade for Ontario companies. She is also on the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation, a think-tank that encourages more engagement between Canada and Asia.


Michael Lewis 
National Sales Leader, Marsh Canada Ltd.

Michael Lewis is the National Leader for Sales and Industry at Marsh Canada, which looks at the key current and emerging risk issues associated with our top industry segments and provides key risk management services. He previously led the Industry Practice and Marsh Risk Consulting business in Asia and discussed trends for organizations to consider as they grew their business either regionally or globally.

Michael has over 16 years of experience working in the insurance industry in Australia, Hong Kong, and now Toronto and his background is in human casualty risk. He has vast industry experience across a variety of sectors including Construction, Healthcare, Logistics, Agribusiness, and Hospitality, working with local and global clients on assessing their pre-loss, post-loss and insurance risks. His work involves evaluating the total cost of employee risk around safety, claim, injury and insurance management.


Dr. Howard Lin 
Director, Canada-China Institute for Business & Development, Ryerson University 

Dr. Howard Lin is Director of the Canada-China Institute for Business & Development at Ryerson University, where he has studied immigrant entrepreneurship in relation to the international dynamic due to growing immigrant populations in Canada from the Pacific Rim countries. A 2006 report by Michigan State University ranked him among the top 90 most prolific scholars in IB research based on the cumulative publication counts in five leading international business journals.

Howard currently serves as Vice-President (research) of the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and was former chair of the Academy of International Business Canada Chapter.

Previously, he was the founder of the Centre for the Study of Canada-Asia Business at Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, an economist with the Bank of China, and Director of international business assistance at the Center for International Trade Development.


Qi Tao
Head of Corporate Banking, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (Canada)

Qi Tao is the Head of Corporate Banking at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada). In addition to serving Chinese corporate clients in Canada, Qi advises potential Canadian investors on the business environment and regulatory system of China. He also promotes the bank’s role as the only RMB clearing bank designated to serve investment and trade between Canada and China.

Qi previously worked for Bank of China, Shanghai Branch for nearly 14 years, most recently as Deputy General Manager of Corporate Banking Department. He directed C$5.5 billion in loan assets and more than 100 corporate clients in areas including public infrastructure, construction, energy and telecom

11:30 am
Brand Canada & China's Rising Middle Class

The Honourable Jean Charest
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

With a public service career spanning close to 30 years, The Honourable Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984, and became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as the Minister of State for Youth at the age of 28.

In 1994, Mr. Charest was chosen Leader of the Federal Progressive Conservative Party, becoming the party’s first French Canadian leader. He held that position until 1998 when he became the Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. He then became Premier of Québec in 2003 and broke a 50-year provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007 & 2008.

Mr. Charest is currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault where he provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience in areas including public policy, corporate Canada and international matters.

Mr. Charest has had extensive political experience and vast knowledge on the topic, and will speak about the growth of China’s middle class and the power of the ‘Canadian’ brand in China.

1:00 pm
Belt and Road Initiative Provides Increased  Opportunities for Canada's Trade Diversification

His Excellency Lu Shaye
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada

More to come!

1:30 pm
Breakout Session: Evolving Trade Routes 


John W. Boscariol
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

John W. Boscariol is head of McCarthy Tétrault’s International Trade & Investment Law Group and a partner in the Litigation Group. John advises both private and public sector clients on the application of laws governing foreign investment and cross-border trade, including international trade and investment agreements. He specializes in compliance, enforcement and disputes regarding anti-corruption law and policy, trade and technology transfer controls, economic sanctions, and other foreign investment and trade matters.

Recently, John was ranked as being among the top 30 international trade attorneys in the world by Best of the Best (Global). He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario law school where he designed and teaches Anti-Corruption Law and its Application in International Business. John speaks and publishes extensively on international trade and investment law topics.


Tim Strauss
Vice President of Cargo, Air Canada Cargo

Tim Strauss was appointed Vice President, Cargo in April 2017, with oversight for all aspects of Air Canada’s cargo business. He has more than 31 years of cargo experience in both the airline and freight forwarding industries, beginning his career as a cargo handler with Emery Worldwide (now UPS Supply Chain Logistics) in 1987 and completing his tenure there as Vice-President of Transportation and Logistics.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Tim held leadership roles in global sales and operations at Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and at Hawaiian Airlines. He advanced his understanding of the logistics industry via studies in management at the Ohio State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cambridge Institute.


Misko Kancko
Senior Director Global Strategy & Partnerships, Canada Post Corporation

Misko Kancko is a Senior Director for Canada Post, guiding its Parcels Division through a successful and profitable transformation to being the market leaders in logistics and last mile fulfillment for Canada and beyond. Bridging his over 15 years of operational experience with Six Sigma methodology into a framework that yields market satisfaction with corporate responsibilities, Misko drives results through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships.

Globalization and Global Trade are common place and the marriage of domestic markets and processes with and through international channels is the focus to generate sustained benefits for Canadians and international clients. Developing a global strategy by connecting eCommerce market/ technology with Omni Channel Retailing – the new global business trade – is his continuing drive.


Jack Mahoney
President, Maersk Line Canada 

Jack Mahoney took on responsibilities for Maersk Line in Canada in October 2015. 

Prior to that he was head of the Maersk Line’s forwarder sales group in the USA, starting in May 2013, who are spread across various USA locations.  Before then, he had been responsible for USA Trade Management.  That followed three years at Maersk Line’s headquarters in Copenhagen and two years in Maersk Line’s North American head office where he was responsible for the Pacific Eastbound trade.

That was preceded by positions in sales and sales management in a variety of USA markets including the Northeast, the Pacific Southwest, the South Atlantic, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest.


Joseph K. Lam B.A.Sc. (Hons), P.Eng.
Chair, International Business Development Committee, Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada 

Joe Lam has been active in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) field for over 40 years. Since March 2014, he has been acting as an advisor to public agencies and private companies around the world on various aspects of ITS including planning and implementation, business strategies, product development, partnering, and tender competitions.

Prior to March 2014, Joe served as the Managing Director of Delcan International Corporation. As Delcan’s President of Systems Business, Canada & International Operations, Joe directed numerous innovative and award-winning ITS projects and contributed significantly to the export of Canadian traffic management technology around the world. His business development efforts in Hong Kong in the past two decades led to Delcan being awarded in early 2014 the Inaugural Hong Kong-Canada Business Performance Award jointly by the Hong Kong Trade & Development Office and the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association.

Joe was the Chairman of ITS Canada between 1998 and 2009, and currently serves as the Chair of its International Business Development Committee. He was also a Director and Vice President of the Transportation Association of Canada between 2001 and 2009.

2:30 pm 
Breakout Session:
Building the Belt & Road


Julia Stefanishina
Global Director, Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Hatch

Julia Stefanishina joined Hatch in 2018 bringing with her 15+ years of professional experience in the infrastructure, real estate and construction advisory. Prior to joining Hatch, Julia was a national capital projects and infrastructure consulting lead for PwC in Canada, a KPMG partner, and a major project advisory lead in Russia and the CIS countries delivering complicated projects for public and private sector clients.

She possesses strong knowledge of the end-to-end investment cycle including concept planning, financial & business modelling, fundraising, construction controls, tendering process, budgeting and contract compliance. She has participated in and managed more than 100 projects in real estate and infrastructure, specializing in the optimization of asset portfolios, advising on land value capture and mega-projects developments, setting up PMOs and governance frameworks for capital projects, setting up procurements, providing analytical insight and performing real estate and commercial due diligences


Daniel Leslie
Head of Client Coverage & Deputy Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank Canada

Dan Leslie is Senior Vice President & Deputy Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC Bank Canada. Dan joined HSBC in September 2014 after 19 years of Commercial and Corporate Banking experience. In his current role, Dan is responsible for leading client coverage efforts to enable HSBC relationship teams to deliver HSBC to its clients in Canada and throughout the world. This includes Financial Sponsor Coverage, Investment Banking Origination, International Subsidiary Banking, Equipment Finance, and digital propositions.

Prior to his current role, Dan was Head of Corporate Banking at HSBC leading a team of over 300 professionals across Canada responsibility for delivering HSBC to Middle Market and Large Corporate businesses in Canada.  His previous leadership positions include roles in Corporate Banking, Cash Management, and Business Banking.

Dan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Harbourfront Centre where he serves as Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair.


Louis-Martin Richer
Senior Vice-President Construction, Marsh Ltd.

Louis-Martin Richer is Senior Vice President for the National Construction and Surety Practice. He is a results-driven executive who delivers business outcomes through collaboration and partnership with internal as well as external stakeholders. Drawing on his broad and deep legal, risk management, and compliance knowledge and experience, Louis-Martin brings not only expert but also pragmatic solutions to business issues in global markets while successfully interacting and leading initiatives with diverse teams across the world.

Before joining Marsh in October 2017, he served as an executive for WSP Global Inc. At the start of his career, he practiced law in top tier law firms in the commercial, insurance and construction sectors and has lectured at universities on similar topics. 

In addition to being a member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies’ contracts committee, he is the co-chair and a panel expert of the Canadian Center of Excellence for Anti-Corruption at Ottawa University.


Chaoyong Gong
Deputy General Manager, China Construction Bank Toronto Branch

Mr. Chaoyong Gong is the Deputy General Manager of China Construction Bank Toronto Branch since April, 2017. Previously, he served as the Deputy CEO of CCB London Limited (CCBL) and the Deputy GM of China Construction Bank London Branch (CCBLB) for 6 years, and oversaw corporate banking, financial institution business, and business development. He led the CCB London Branch License Application project and helped the Bank to be granted the Branch License in 2014. Mr. Gong also helped the Bank to gain the London RMB Clearing Bank title in 2014, as a key project team member.

Mr. Chaoyong Gong has more than 12 years working experience in risk management. Before he was transferred to CCB London in 2010, he worked in CCBC’s headquarters with the risk management department since 2000.


Xu (Steven) Tan
President, China Telecom Americas

Appointed as President of China Telecom Americas in August 2017, Mr. Tan is responsible for business operations and development across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. He brings more than two decades of telecommunications industry experience working in both the Chinese and overseas markets.

Before embarking on his leadership role at China Telecom Americas, Mr. Tan served as Vice President in charge of global carrier business at China Telecom Global from 2012 to 2017, and as Executive Vice President of China Telecom Hong Kong International working to expand China Telecom’s presence in key Asia/Pacific markets by opening and overseeing operations at multiple branch offices across the region.  Mr. Tan began his career at China Telecom’s Guangdong Provincial Branch.


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