Business Advisory Council

John Poon

John Poon, BBS, JP

Managing Director

Broad Venture International Limited
Hong Kong


A recipient of the University of Alberta’s Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree and Alumni Award of Excellence, John Poon currently devotes much of his time to community service in Hong Kong and in China.  He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Financial Reporting Council, a non-executive Director of the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Shanghai Committee).

Dr Poon, a Solicitor and Justice of the Peace (JP) in Hong Kong, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta. In July 2015, he was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administration Region in recognition of his meritorious public service and his valuable contributions to Hong Kong.

Dr Poon was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of Alberta in 1985, a Solicitor of England and Wales in 1988, and a Solicitor of Hong Kong in 1989.  After practicing law in Edmonton for several years, John ventured into the corporate arena in Hong Kong.

In 1999, Dr Poon became the Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer of Esprit Holdings Limited and was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004.  Under his leadership and management over a period of nine years, profit after tax rose over eleven-fold while the multinational apparel company’s market capitalization expanded from approximately US$1 billion to a high in excess of US$20 billion. Esprit was repeatedly recognized as one of the best-managed companies and best performing stocks on the prestigious Hang Seng Index of Hong Kong.

As a firm believer in sound corporate governance, Dr Poon has received a number of accolades, including “Director of the Year 2002 (Listed Company)” from the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and “Best Chief Financial Officer in Retail Sector 2005” from the Asian Investor Relations Market Report.

Dr Poon was a non-executive Director of the Canadian International School of Hong Kong in mid 2000 and successfully advocated for the introduction of the International Baccalaureate program.  He has also served as a Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, a member of the Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance), and a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Dr Poon, a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Alberta.