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During his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Xi Jinping presented China as strongly committed to economic globalization. He also stated that China would open-up to foreign investors and level the playing field for all market players. What do experts foresee for China in 2018? CanCham is delighted to host top government, business, media and CSR leaders for a moderated panel discussion to share their predictions for the 2018 calendar year. A Canadian breakfast will be served.

习近平主席在达沃斯世界经济论坛上发表讲话时表示,中国坚决致力于经济全球化。 他还表示,中国将向外国投资者开放,为所有市场参与者提供平等的竞争环境。2018年专家们预测中国的情况如何?加中商会很高兴邀请到政府,商界,媒体和公益组织领导人进行小组讨论,分享他们对2018年日历的预测。将有加式早餐供享用

Lors de son discours au Forum Économique Mondial de Davos, le Président Xi Jinping a présenté une Chine fortement engagée dans la mondialisation économique. Il a également déclaré que la Chine s'ouvrirait aux investisseurs étrangers et uniformiserait le terrain de jeu pour tous les acteurs du marché. Qu'est-ce que les experts prévoient pour la Chine en 2018? CanCham est ravi d'accueillir les hauts dirigeants du gouvernement, des affaires, des médias et organisations en responsabilité sociale des entreprises autour d'une discussion animée par un modérateur afin de partager leurs prévisions pour l'année 2018. Un petit déjeuner canadien sera servis.


Fresh chilled juice – orange, apple, mango and grapefruit
冰鲜果汁 -- 橙汁, 苹果汁, 芒果汁及西柚汁
Jus - orange, pomme, mangue et pamplemousse

Sliced seasonal fruit, yoghurt and strawberry coulis
Fruits de saison, yogourt et coulis de fraise

Bread baskets from the bakery
Panier de pains de la Boulangerie

Croissant, selection of fruit danish pastry and muffins
Croissant, sélection de viennoiseries aux fruits et muffins

Whole meal, rye, white and raisin toast
Pain en tranche de grains entiers, seigle, blanc et raisins

Butter and margarine
Beurre et Margarine

Assorted jams, marmalade, honey
Confitures assorties, marmelade, miel

Pancakes with berry compote and Canadian bacon, maple syrup
Crêpes avec compote aux petits fruits et bacon Canadien, sirop d'érable

Freshly brewed coffee and selection of tea
Café et sélection de thé


8:30 AM - 9 AM
Registration and breakfast
9 AM - 10 AM
10 AM - 10:15 AM


  • Lisa Xia (General Manager, Head of Shanghai; Managing Director, Head of Global Trade & Banking Greater China at Bank of Montreal)

    Lisa Xia

    General Manager, Head of Shanghai; Managing Director, Head of Global Trade & Banking Greater China at Bank of Montreal

    Lisa Xia was appointed to General Manager Shanghai branch in May 2010. Lisa is also in charge of BMO Global Trade & Banking business development in Greater China.

    Over the past couple of decades, Lisa has had wide-ranging banking experience in both North America and China in such diverse areas as investment and corporate banking, trade finance, project finance, credit risk management and correspondent banking.

    Lisa joined BMO in 2000 when she resided in Toronto. Lisa started her banking career with ABN AMRO Bank in 1996 as a Credit Analyst. Later she was transferred to Structured Finance Unit as a deal specialist, extensively working on non-traditional lending on project finance basis, including deal structuring, pricing, documentation and execution.

    Lisa holds the MBA degree from Asia's top tier business School - China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

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  • Weldon Epp (Consul General at Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai)

    Weldon Epp

    Consul General at Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai

    Weldon Epp joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996 as a foreign service officer, working first with the China and Mongolia Division and the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division. In Ottawa, Mr. Epp has also served in the Assignments Division and as director of the Policy Research Division. Abroad, he served in Beijing as second secretary and vice-consul, in Taipei as director (political/economic), in Jakarta as counsellor (political/economic) and, on short assignments, in Geneva, Islamabad and Phnom Penh. Most recently, Mr. Epp was consul general in Guangzhou. He is completing a professional master of public administration degree at Queen’s University. Mr. Epp is married to Kristi Dyck, and they have three children: Erin, Ian and Graeme.

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  • Simon Rabinovitch (Asia Economics Editor at The Economist)

    Simon Rabinovitch

    Asia Economics Editor at The Economist

    Simon joined The Economist as Asia economics editor in 2014, primarily focused on Chinese economics and finance. Prior to that he was a correspondent with the Financial Times in Beijing and Shanghai from 2011-14. He started as a reporter with Reuters in London and arrived in China in 2007 to cover the economy, but also had a brief stint as a table-tennis specialist during the Beijing Olympics. Simon has been interviewed on BBC World Service and NPR amongst others.

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  • Marie-Lucie Spoke (Managing Director of Community Roots China)

    Marie-Lucie Spoke

    Managing Director of Community Roots China

    French-Canadian Marie-Lucie Spoke is the founder and Managing Director of Community Roots China (CRC), and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. After a short career in the Canadian foreign service, she has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to charity, caring for those who are less fortunate in various countries. Marie-Lucie first fell in love with China in 1987 when her husband worked at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Having worked in the foreign service, Marie-Lucie is highly aware of the development of a country. And as a mother of three children, she cares deeply about the education and advancement of children. In 2003, as her husband returned to China to work in the private sector, Marie-Lucie began to volunteer in the community with left-behind children, and founded CRC in 2011 to better meet their needs. Working with community-minded corporations and compassionate individuals, CRC started the One Heart Gift Bag program to provide books, shoes, clothes, and other necessities to left-behind children in far flung rural areas. Over a period of 5 years, CRC provided 42,500 gift bags to some 20,000 children. CRC subsequently found that many rural students were unable to afford high school, and began to focus on Education Sponsorships in 2016 to support the education of these impoverished students.

    Marie-Lucie's love for and dedication to the children of China, and the impactful work of CRC, have been recognized by several international organizations, including being recipient of the Governor General of Canada Award (2013), Expat Professional Women Society Award for Societal Contribution (2014), and Rotary Club Individual Leadership Award (2015). CRC now partners with Shanghai Rende Charity Foundation and a number of multinational corporations, small businesses, organizations and individuals to continue the important work of enabling rural children’s education, thereby shaping the prosperous future of China.

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  • Helene Larochelle (Executive Director of Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai)

    Helene Larochelle

    Executive Director of Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

    Helene Larochelle is from northern Quebec and has lived and worked internationally for the past 10 years in Japan and China. She is a graduate of Temple University and holds an MBA in International Corporate Strategy from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

    After a career in marketing in Montreal, Helene moved to Asia and worked for a number of Japanese companies including Sony as country localization manager, and FANCL as an international business development manager. She was also involved in several CSR programs including promoting social business with Uniqlo and Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.

    Most recently Helene was a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ), where she worked extensively on promoting the CCCJ’s interests and membership. Helene speaks French, English, Japanese and basic Mandarin.

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Member Door Price: RMB 320

Member Price RMB 270

Non-Member Door Price: RMB 420