CKGSB Alumni Association of Canada Hosts Forum on Shared Responsibilities between Canada and China
2019-07-02

On July 2nd, 2019, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business’ (CKGSB) Alumni Association of Canada partnered with the Vancouver Economic Commission to host the ‘2019 Canada-China Forum.’ The forum focused on the shared responsibilities between the two countries in an era of global transformation. The Right Honorable Justin P. J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, among others, sent his best wishes to the event and thanked CKGSB for organizing “an informative and stimulating” forum that “brings together alumni of the CKGSB to share their experiences and network with their peers”.

The greeting letter from the Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P. C., M. P.,
Prime Minister of Canada

Dr. Xiang Bing, Founding Dean of CKGSB delivered a keynote speech on the transition of development models and the challenges of each. Dean Xiang talked about the opportunities and challenges facing Canada and China. He said, “Neoliberalism, initiated by the Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has unleashed unprecedented growth and provided unprecedented wealth, but it has also increased wealth inequality, declining social mobility, and environmental destruction. We should learn from these development models and develop a model that supports inclusiveness, sustainability and social mobility.”

Dr. Xiang Bing, Founding Dean of CKGSB giving a keynote speech at the forum

Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, said during her speech, “This forum hosted by CKGSB’s Alumni Association of Canada brings us together to find solutions at a time when technological and the industrial revolution is under way and unilateralism and protectionism hinder globalization and the current trade mechanisms.”

Tong Xiaoling, Consul General of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver

Despite the fact that Canada-China relations is at a low point, Stewart Beck, President and CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, believed that China is and will remain an important trading partner for Canada. Beck said, “Canadians are positive and welcome Asia to lead and fund technological innovation. China in particular matters to Canada’s high-tech companies and overall economic growth.”

Stewart Beck, President and CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Dr. Mei Jianping, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and the Development Foundation at CKGSB, jointed Wang Jianjun, Chairman of the Board of China VAST Industrial Urban Development Company Limited and CKGSB alumnus, Colin Hansen, Founding Partner of Image Group Inc, Saul Klein, Dean and Professor of International Business at Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, and Jiang Wenran, Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs of University of British Columbia in a panel discussion and exchanged views on how companies, government and business executives of the two countries should cooperate.

From left to right: Joan Elangovan, Executive Director of Asia Pacific Center, VEC; Colin Hansen, Founding Partner of Image Group Inc; Saul Klein, Dean and Professor of International Business, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria; Mei Jianping, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development Foundation of CKGSB; Jiang Wenran, Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy & Global Affairs of University of British Columbia; Wang Jianjun, Chairman of the Board of China VAST Industrial Urban Development Company Limited and CKGSB alumnus

The CKGSB Alumni Association of Canada also witnessed the installation of a newly elected board, who will preside over all alumni related affairs.

The forum received great support from Canada’s government officials including the Minister of National Defense in Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan, Premier of British Columbia the Hon John Horgan, Mayor of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Richmond Malcolm D. Brodie, Member of the legislative Assembly (MLA) of Richmond North Centre Teresa Wat, and MLA for Vancouver-Langara Michael Lee who all sent their greetings ahead of the event.

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Established in Beijing in November 2002 with support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is China’s first faculty-governed and independent business school. CKGSB boasts more than 40 full-time professors, many of whom previously held tenured faculty positions at leading business schools such as Wharton and Yale. Their research has provided the basis for more than 400 case studies of both China-specific and global issues. CKGSB also stands apart for its unmatched alumni network. More than half of CKGSB’s 13,000+ alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, they lead one fifth of China’s 100 most valuable brands.

Headquartered in Beijing, CKGSB is also located in Shanghai, Shenzhen, New York, Hong Kong and London. The school offers the following innovative courses: MBA, Part-time MBA, Executive MBA, Business Scholars Program, and Executive Education programs in several languages.

For more information, please visit http://english.ckgsb.edu.cn/.

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