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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.

Please join us for this special event. For further information, contact Marc Andrew (marc@cityage.org778-835-0633) or Miro Cernetig (miro@cityage.org778-865-1557) at any time.



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
Full Program

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
British Columbia

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
(New York)

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?

  • Caroline Owen, CEO, RMB Global Advisors (New York)
  • Stephen Jonathan, FX Application Specialist, Bloomberg LP (New York)
  • Carrie Hong, Editor, GlobalRMB, EuroMoney (Hong Kong)

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?

  • Janet Ecker, President & CEO, Toronto Financial Services Alliance
  • Hao Shi, Chief Representative for Canada, Agricultural Bank of China
  • Michael Klopchic, Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking, BC Region, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Jeremy South, Asia Pacific Leader, Energy and Resources Advisory, Deloitte

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 &
Company (Vancouver)

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?

  • Sanjeev Kaushik, Deputy Managing Director, Indian Infrastructure Finance Company (New Delhi)
  • Daniel Seltzer, Director, Project Finance, Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi (New York)
  • Kathy Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)
  • Andrew Claerhout, Senior Vice President, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

Panel Chair: Stewart Beck, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

3:35 pm          Presentation by:        Erica Downs, Senior Analyst, Asia, The Eurasia Group
(Washington, DC)

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. 

  • Robin Silvester, President & CEO, Port Metro Vancouver
  • John Ries, HSBC Professor in Asian Business, Sauder School of Business, UBC
  • Ralph Lutes, Vice President, Asia, Teck
  • Marie-Louise Hannan, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN

Panel Chair: Asifa Samji, Vice President, Environmental Services,  Stantec

4:40 pm          Closing Comments

4:45 pm          Conference Close

Participants Include:

  • AdvantageBC
  • Agricultural Bank of China
  • Arterran Renewables
  • Ashcroft Terminal
  • Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Balfour Beatty Investments
  • Bank of Canada
  • Bank of China (Canada)
  • Bank of Montreal (China)
  • Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Bloomberg
  • BMO
  • CAMCE Holding Inc.
  • Canada China Business Council
  • Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
  • Canature Processing LTD
  • Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation
  • China Construction Bank
  • City of Langley
  • City of Port Alberni
  • City of Prince George
  • City of Richmond
  • Consulate General of India, Vancouver
  • Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver
  • Davison Law Group
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Euler Hermes
  • Euromoney
  • Factors Group
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Forestry Innovation Investment
  • Fosun Group
  • Geoscience BC
  • GF Securities (Canada)
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Global News Hour
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Yukon
  • Guotai Junan Allianz Fund Management
  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
  • HQ Vancouver
  • HSBC Canada
  • HTLN
  • ICBC
  • ILWU Canada
  • Indian Infrastructure Finance Company
  • Indian Oil Corporation
  • Investment Industry Regulatory Org of Canada
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning
  • McKinsey & Company
  • McMillan LLP
  • Methanex
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Milestone GRP
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
  • Ministry of Technology, Trade and Economic Development
  • MIT
  • Mitsubishi Canada
  • National Bank
  • Neptune Terminals
  • Olympic Industries Inc
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • P. Richards Inc
  • Port Alberni Port Authority
  • Port of Vancouver
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prince George Airport Authority
  • Province of British Columbia
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • RMB Global Advisors
  • Rolex Canada
  • Sauder School of Business, UBC
  • Shato Holdings Ltd.
  • Silvercrest Asset Management
  • Singer Valve
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Stantec
  • Taiga Building Products
  • TD
  • Teck
  • The Eurasia Group
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Toronto Financial Services Alliance
  • Trade & Invest British Columbia
  • TransLink
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Vancouver International Maritime Centre
  • Vio Commerce Inc
  • Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society
  • West Fraser
  • Western Economic Diversification
  • Xinhua News Agency