Dear HKCBA Ottawa Members and Friends:
Welcome to our 34th Chinese New Year Gala and we sincerely hope that the Year of the Dog will prove to be an outstanding year for everyone.
In today’s increasing “Century of Asia” economy, the Asian region has never been more important to Canada. With the recent warming of bilateral trade relations, we are excited to embark on the “golden era” between Canada, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia; particularly, China. HKCBA Ottawa is committed to doing its part in expanding commercial relations between Canada, Hong Kong and China as well as throughout Asia using Hong Kong as the platform for advancing this objective. As a not-for-profit organization, we are passionate and committed to bringing you services and opportunities that bring social-economic benefits to all stakeholders involved.
This past December, our Ottawa delegation once again participated in the 18th annual Hong Kong Forum with thirty plus countries from all over the world. We can assure you that Hong Kong continues to be your gateway to success in China and throughout Asia as it is an exciting and vibrant platform from which to do business. Canadian companies have been drawing on all of Hong Kong’s significant advantages including: the world class infrastructure, proximity to China and Asian markets, tax advantages, renowned financial and legal services and, of course, the tremendous people to people connections that Canada enjoys with over 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong.
We are committed to facilitating more business between Canada, Hong Kong, and through Hong Kong to other Asian markets. We will do this by providing you with market intelligence and key opportunities to manage risk and grow your business in the dynamic Asian region. Our events this year will focus on key issues related to the trade and investment corridor and enhancing Canada’s economic and trade interests in Asia, Chinese investment in Canada, Chinese business culture and China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiatives. We will also present Ottawa based companies with an opportunity to join us at the National Forum in Montreal in May and a trade mission to Hong Kong in connection with the 2018 annual Hong Kong Forum in early December.
Our success in conducting our activities would not be possible without the support of our members and our strategic partners. In this regard, I would like to thank the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the members of our Hong Kong Family: comprised of a number of Hong Kong government and not-for-profit organizations as well as businesses based in Hong Kong, for their support and commitment to our objectives. I would also like to recognize and thank our Directors for their diligent support and commitment this past year. Allow me as well to express gratitude to our Patron Members and Sponsors and the volunteers who have again stepped forward to help us in orchestrating this year’s event. Your support is highly appreciated by all of us.
2018 promises to be an exciting year as Ottawa and Canada move forward to a warmer and more engaging relationship with Hong Kong, China, and Asia. I am honored to welcome you to the 2018 HKCBA Ottawa Chinese New Year Celebration and delighted to let you know that all participants in tonight’s event are automatically granted free HKCBA Ottawa membership for 2018. This entitles you to complimentary admission to all of our local events throughout the year that feature remarkable speakers and wonderful networking opportunities.
We hope you will be part of our success story for 2018. Thank you for your support, interest, and best wishes for a happy and successful Year of the Dog!
Amy Willis, 威艾美, MBA, CPA, CMA