Pacific Finance and Trade Summit
Our Pacific Future
May 24 & 25, 2016
The Vancouver Club and The Vancouver Convention Centre ~ West
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada has important tools for business to succeed in the Pacific economy. Are we using them?
The second annual Pacific Finance and Trade Summit will look at how we can build our economy with a focus on important new tools in finance and trade. And how we can further develop those advantages to build business in the Pacific, with a commitment to economic growth, sustainability and global trade.
In partnership with AdvantageBC and the Province of British Columbia, the event will gather business and public sector leaders from across North America, Asia and India to look at new approaches to growing Vancouver’s, BC's and Canada’s economic activity in the Pacific Rim.
Specific topics will include building Canada’s status as a gateway for financial and infrastructure services between the Asia Pacific and the Americas, building new markets for trade, taking advantage of major projects in Asia such as China’s One Belt One Road Initiative, and building our national brand and presence in the Pacific.
Day 1 ~ May 24, 2016
The Vancouver Club
Welcome Reception and Keynote Address
4:00 – 6:00 pm Registration and Welcome Reception, celebrating AdvantageBC’s 30th
4:30 pm Reception Comments by: Hon. Stockwell Day, Senior Strategic Advisor,
McMillan LLP, Former Canadian Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Pacific Gateway
Full Program on Next Page
Day 2 ~ May 25, 2016
The Vancouver Convention Centre ~ West
The Summit Room
7:30 am Breakfast Served
8:30 am Welcome by Conference MC: Chris Gailus, Anchor, Global News Hour
8:45 am Opening Remarks: Colin Hansen, President & CEO, AdvantageBC
9:00 am Morning Keynote: Hon. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, Province of
9:20 am Presentation by: Mr. Aihua Li, President & CEO, Bank of China (Canada)
9:40 am Presentation: by: Stephen Jonathan, FX Application Specialist, Bloomberg LP
10:00 am Presentation by: Patrick Chovanec, Chief Strategist, Silvercrest Asset
Management (New York)
10:20 am Session 1: Investment Across the Pacific
The Summit’s opening session will provide an update on events since last year’s inaugural Pacific Finance and Trade Summit. It will look at the continued internationalization of the RMB, and the impacts of China’s integration into the global financial system. What does this mean for businesses who are active in the Pacific economy, and how can Canadian business and investors benefit?
Panel Chair: Yuen Pau Woo, President, HQ Vancouver
11:05 am Morning Break
11:35 am Session 2: The Financial Services Gateway
Amid shifting patterns of global trade and changing investment flows from Asian markets, the need for reliable, predictable financial gateways has never been greater. These trends can help grow Canada’s prominence as a safe and competitive jurisdiction for Asian financial flows with North America. How can Canada’s brand as a financial services gateway be strengthened to increase our business activity in the Pacific?
Panel Chair: Colin Hansen, President & CEO, AdvantageBC
12:20 pm Luncheon Welcome by: Jennifer Guo, Senior Branch Manager, Bank of
China(Canada), Vancouver Branch
12:25 pm Comments by: Hon. Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister
Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, Province of British Columbia
12:35 pm Luncheon Hosted by Bank of China
1:50 pm Presentation by: David Watt, Chief Economist, HSBC Canada (Toronto)
2:10 pm Presentation by: Miklos Dietz, Lead, Global Banking Strategy, McKinsey &
2:30 pm Presentation by: Sanjeev Kaushik, Deputy Managing Director, Indian
Infrastructure Finance Company (New Delhi)
2:50 pm Session 3: The Infrastructure & Finance Opportunity
Huge investments in infrastructure construction are being planned in China as part of the One Belt One Road Initiative. Separately, India’s economic boom is just beginning, and that country will also require huge infrastructure investments to accommodate rapid economic growth. Similar trends are playing out across the rest of the Asia Pacific. What role can Canadian institutions play in helping to drive that growth? How can Canadian expertise in finance and engineering be used to build market share in the world’s fastest growing markets?
Panel Chair: Stewart Beck, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
3:35 pm Presentation by: Erica Downs, Senior Analyst, Asia, The Eurasia Group
3:55 pm Session 4: Building a Trade Strategy
This session will explore what Canada can do to significantly expand trade — in both goods and services — across the Pacific. It will speak to how to seize the potential of increased trade through Western Canadian ports, with a focus on the movement of people and goods, and how to implement a national strategy to dramatically increase trade with our Asian partners.
Panel Chair: Asifa Samji, Vice President, Environmental Services, Stantec
4:40 pm Closing Comments
4:45 pm Conference Close