The Canada China Commercial Association (“CCCA”) successfully hosted its third annual Canada China Trade and Investment Forum (2014) (CCTIF 2014) on June 11, 2014 at Hyatt Regency Calgary with around 100 attendees.
Although due to schedule conflict Alberta Premier Dave Hancock and Consul General Xinping Wang could not attend the forum, both of them sent their congratulation letters and best wishes for the success of the forum before it started.
CCTIF 2014 started at 3:30pm on June 11, 2014. CCCA’s board member Cherry Ma gave a brief introduction of CCCA and welcomed all the speakers, guests and attendees on behalf of CCCA. Following that, Mr. Benlin Yu (Minister Counsellor for Economic & Commercial Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Canada) and Mrs. Teresa Woo-Paw (Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations) delivered their opening speeches about the relationship between Canada and China. Both of them expressed their confidence in the growing business cooperation between the two countries and spoke highly about CCCA’s contribution to the relationship.
The Forum invited industry experts as keynote speakers and panelists. Prof. Wenran Jiang (Director of Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum, Special Advisor to Alberta Department of Energy, Wilson Center Global Fellow and Prof of University of Alberta Department of Political Science) made a dynamic speech about Recent Trends in Canada China Energy Relations. Bryce van Sluys (Market Analyst, Energy Integration Team, National Energy Board) impressed the audience with his data packed presentation, Canada’s Energy Future – Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2035.
The panel discussion featured Alexander Henderson (Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG LLP), John Kowal (Advisor, Canaccord Genuity Asia), Jason Luan (MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood), Chester Dawson III (Senior Special Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal) and Dr. Max Wang (President and CEO, Grande Cache Coal LP). The panelists represented experts from the energy industry, media, finance industry, government and service provider. They shared their deep knowledge of the industry and had a great discussion with the audience.
During the dinner break of the forum, Melody Song from the Calgary Zoo introduced the Chinese lantern festival that the Zoo will host in 2015 to the audience. Her speech added a soft and culture touch to the Forum.
CCTIF 2014 represented another successful event that CCCA organized.