Canadian Prime Minister Congratulates CKGSB Canadian Alumni Chapter

December 19, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written to the CKGSB Canadian Alumni Association to mark the appointment of several new board members, one of several high-profile messages that the group received ahead of last week’s ceremony.

The CKGSB Canadian Alumni Association’s newly elected board was honored at an installation ceremony during which the Prime Minster of Canada, The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, sent in a letter to offer his congratulations to the newly-elected board members, as well as to thank the outgoing board members. In the letter, which was penned from the Canadian capital Ottawa, Trudeau writes that since its establishment in 2002, CKGSB has educated a new generation of business leaders, many of whom now live and work in Canada. The school’s alumni, he continues, have built up connections around the world, thereby strengthening both commercial and cultural ties between people of all backgrounds.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s congratulatory letter

Trudeau, the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada and a popular figure both in Canada and around the world, continued, “I am proud to recently conclude a successful trip to China, in which our two nations worked together to strength our economic ties and ensure that we continue to grow our middle class”. The PM also acknowledged the contributions of CKGSB’s alumni network: “Organizations like the CKGSB Alumni Association are necessary to ensure that our economic relationship continues to be forged on a stable, strong, and mutually beneficial foundation.”

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau visited China in September 2016

Prime Minister Trudeau concludes by thanking the outgoing board members and congratulating the new board members, asking them to please accept his gratitude for their work in strengthening the connections between business leaders in China and Canada.

Friday’s ceremony begun with a lecture on “AI & Financial Investment” by CKGSB Professor of Finance and Chair of the Finance Department, Henry Cao. Also in attendance were a number of CKGSB alumni as well as a handful of special guests, including Jim Allworth, Co-Chair of the Global Portfolio Advisory Committee at the Royal Bank of Canada. In addition to Trudeau’s letter, the alumni association received a number of congratulatory messages, including one from British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

CKGSB Professor Finance Henry Cao opened proceedings

with a lecture on “AI & Financial Investment”

Formed in 2007 as the North American Chapter of the Alumni Association of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, the alumni chapter – now officially known the CKGSB Canadian Alumni Association – is headquartered in Vancouver. A number of CKGSB alumni are now based in the western Canadian city, including MBA alum Joe Klarich, who affirms: “My experience in CKGSB has been rewarding beyond my expectations.” Klarich, who works in real estate, adds he has increased his client base by 200% just 11 months after graduation, and lists a number of CK alumni among his clients.

Joe Klarich MBA14 and his girlfriend at the CKGSB Alumni Association

Spring Festival Celebration in Canada

According to an article published in Ottawa Life Magazine, Canada has been one of China’s favorite investment destinations in recent years. China’s Ministry of Commerce statistics shows that China’s non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) rose 14.7% year-on-year to a historic high of US$118.02 billion in 2015. Canada ranks 12th among China’s ODI outflow destinations.

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