Annual Chinese Investment in Canada Forum

Forum Program


Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Location: The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
Conference room: Vanity Fair A

8:00 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM WELCOMING REMARKS

Professor Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta

8:40 AM SCENE-SETTING REMARKS
Mr. David Mulroney, Former Canadian Ambassador to China, and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

8:55 AM PANEL 1
IMPLICATIONS OF DECLINING GLOBAL OIL PRICES :
THE FUTURE OUTLOOK FOR CHINESE INVESTMENT IN CANADA

Chair: Mr. Ron Hoffmann, Senior Representative for Asia-Pacific Basin, Government of Alberta

Panelists:
Mr. John Gruetzner, Principal & Founder, Intercedent Limited

Mr. Graham Shantz, Director General, Trade & Diplomacy North Asia, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

Mr. Stephen Rose, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Planning and Economic Policy, Economic Development, Government of Yukon

Mr. Paul Tsounis, Director of Resource Economics, Alberta Energy, Government of Alberta

10:10 AM PRESENTATION: CHINA INSTITUTE INVESTMENT TRACKER

 Mr. Ruotao Tang, Research Associate and PhD Candidate, China Institute, University of Alberta


10:25 AM COFFEE BREAK

10:40 AM PANEL 2
CHINESE FDI: A GLOBAL OUTLOOK – THE LEGAL AND POLICY ENVIRONMENT


Chair: Ms. Sandy Walker, Partner, Dentons LLP

Panelists:
The Honorable Dr. Richard Bernal, Ambassador and Counselor for Jamaica, Inter-American Development Bank (via audio teleconference)

Dr. Erica Downs, Senior Analyst (Asia), Eurasia Group (via Skype)

Mr. Michael Goldhawk, Senior Policy Analyst, Greater China Division, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Dr. Andrew Pickford, Adjunct Research Fellow, Energy and Minerals Institute, University of Western Australia

Professor Linda Reif, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

12:10 PM LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE

Minister Counsellor YU Benlin, Minister Counsellor, Commercial Affairs, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada  


1:15 PM PANEL 3
INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT

Chair: Ms. Alison Nankivell, Vice President, Venture Capital Action Plan; Executive Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Panelists:
Mr. John Coburn, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation

Mr. Wally Hunter, Managing Partner, Enertech Capital

Mr. Nicholas Parker, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Global Acceleration Partners Inc.

Mr. Arthur Robinson, Partner, 32 Degrees Capital

2:25 PM COFFEE BREAK

2:40 PM PANEL 4
PRIVATE ENTERPRISES AND SOES: IS THE FACE OF CHINESE INVESTMENT IN CANADA CHANGING?

Chair: Mr. Kenneth Sunquist, Senior Research Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Panelists:

Mr. Liang (Leon) Jiao, Executive Vice President, Bank of China (Canada

Mr. Qi Tao, Head, Corporate Financial Services, Commercial and Industrial Bank of China (Canada)

Mr. Stephen Wortley, Partner & Chair, Hong Kong Office, McMillan LLP

Mr. Peter Zhang, Legal Counsel, Gowlings

3:50 PM WRAP UP REMARKS
Professor Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta