Welcome to our 2019 Chinese New Year Gala in celebration of the Year of the Pig! We sincerely hope that the Year of the Pig will bring good fortune and good luck to everyone.
2019 marks our 35th anniversary. As one of the largest bilateral trade associations in Canada, we have grown to over 1,300 members across Canada, and over 13,000 members from 32 countries worldwide. We thank you for your support as HKCBA continuously strives to facilitate bilateral trade and expand commercial relations between Canada, Hong Kong, and China as well as throughout the rest of Asia using Hong Kong as the platform for advancing this objective.
We align our strategic focus with the priorities and initiatives of the businesses and governments of Canada, Hong Kong, and China. We work closely with industry leaders, investors, business partners, and policy makers to deliver timely discussions on emerging topics: business opportunities, market intelligence, risk mitigation, key issues related to trade and investment. We organize annual trade missions to Hong Kong and China, and this past December, the HKCBA Ottawa delegation once again participated in the 19th Hong Kong Forum with delegates from 32 countries, where HKCBA Ottawa was awarded the Outstanding Membership Award for North America. Our success would not have been possible without the support of our Patron and strategic partners. In this regard, I would like to thank our Patron Members, Sponsors, Board Directors, volunteers, and strategic partners.
Canadian companies continue to draw on 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. As well, leveraging the impressive 40+ missions annually co-organized by HKCBA to reach out to global clients and increase their business footprints in Asia.
We look forward to assisting you in achieving your business goals in Hong Kong, China, and throughout Asia. We thank you for your ongoing support and we extend to you our best wishes for a healthy, happy, and successful Year of the Pig!