New head of Hong Kong business association keen to boost local ties with Asia

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For many years, the Chinese New Year Gala hosted by the Calgary Chapter of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) has been a packed house with some 500 members and guests. A victim of COVID-19 for the past two years, the chapter’s new president, Ben Leung, and his board have confidently rebooked the regency palace, while realizing that under the restrictions of today, that number will have to be reduced to 300 to 400 to accommodate the Year of the Tiger.

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Always a fun and great networking night, the February 11 event will fit well with Leung’s vision of having fun leading the association.

Leung has been a board member for two years and took over as chair in September.

Born in Hong Kong, he moved to the United States to study at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, but later returned to Hong Kong and joined Royal Dutch Shell. During his 13 years with this company, his role involved him in regional oil and gas exposure, which allowed him to travel to over 30 countries and reside on Shell assignments in Oslo. , Beijing, Tianjin and possibly Calgary.

In 2018, Leung left Shell to take up his current role as chief financial officer of Insignia Energy, a Calgary-based oil and gas exploration and development company.

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The opportunity to be better involved and keep a connection with Hong Kong businesses and families was the motivation behind accepting his new role. He believes his experience of living and working across the globe has made him a leader with a mindset that enables him to lead effectively across borders, serving diverse stakeholders in a fast-paced environment. constantly changing, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. And he is excited to bring those experiences to HKCBA.

The local non-profit association has active members affiliated with the national organization established in Canada 37 years ago.

He is served here by Leung and a nine-person board, including new members Holly Wong of Dentons Canada and Mason Lam of JLL, who will ensure that members have a strong platform and service that provide networking opportunities and access to professional and relevant people. presentations on business-related topics of interest.

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HKCBA has always been able to provide tailor-made advice to its members, especially for small and medium-sized companies that want to expand their business in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as fundraising or even an IPO. in Hong Kong.

In addition to the New Year’s Gala, where HKCBA awards are presented to University of Calgary students with an interest in Hong Kong, China and other Asian countries, other events will include a presentation of George C. Tai of Dentons on the importance of intellectual property. in China, highlighting points of exposure to intellectual property infringement, ways to protect intellectual property, and trends in the enforcement of intellectual property claims.

The Calgary Chapter has always been recognized for its success among other Canadian Chapters, and much of that success is due to the participation of Alexandria Sham of RBC Life Insurance Group.

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A former president of the Calgary chapter, she remains an advisor to the board of directors and still sits on the national board of directors. Sham was also recently elected vice president of the Hong Kong World Federation of Business Associations, which has more than 11,000 members in 35 countries.

Remarks:

• Trigger Advertising creatives issued a “holiday passport” similar to the government-issued document, in which they were asked to scan the QR code that led them to a holiday goodness page from its staff. Geoff Hardwicke, Partner and Managing Director, said: “We had a lot of fun creating it with content created by staff, including a holiday playlist, a ginger cookie recipe, wallpapers for smartphone and instructions on DYI Christmas crackers.”

• Kudos to Dolphin Dry Cleaners. After offering free cleaning services to frontline healthcare workers, President Imran Rajpoot – in partnership with Humanity First – invited Calgary residents to donate winter clothing at one of his seven locations. , which were then cleaned and distributed to families in need.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@davidparker.ca.

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