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Non-Member: Hong Kong – Starting Your Belt and Road Journey

16 Apr 2019
5:00pm - 7:45pm EDT

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​​​The Belt and Road Initiative is a visionary blueprint that seeks to enhance global economic development, and reinvigorate the seamless flow of capital, goods and services by promoting international connectivity and forging new ties among communities. It offers unprecedented business opportunities in such sectors as infrastructure, transportation, logistics, financing and investment in the beginning. It will also unfold a myriad of opportunities for companies to promote products and services across international boundaries. And, these opportunities are also for Canadian companies to tap. A strategic way for interested Canadian companies to move forward is to leverage the Hong Kong platform as their springboard to these possibilities.


The objectives of this event:

  • Gain insight from a senior executive of a Canadian company that has won international bids from the Belt and Road Initiative

  • Demystify China’s Belt and Road Initiative for Canadian companies

  • Illustrate the relevancy of this Initiative to Canada

  • Identify business opportunities arising from the Initiative for Canadian companies

  • Why Hong Kong is the strategic platform for Canadian companies to tap these business opportunities

Plus, don't miss your opportunity  

  • To join the 4th Belt and Road Summit to Hong Kong, where 5,000+ delegates from 50+ countries attended in 2018, resulting in 230+ investment projects

  • To explore the impressive 40+ Canadian trade missions annually to Hong Kong co-organized by HKCBA and learn how companies should leverage these opportunities to reach out to global clients and increase their business footprints in Asia

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 5:00 – 7:45 pm

Location: BLG Office, Suite 1300 – 100 Queen St. Ottawa

Non-Member: $25 Click to Register

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres


5:00 - Registration and Networking

5:45 - Welcome and Introduction, Amy Willis, President, HKCBA Ottawa

5:50 - Hong Kong serves as an ideal partner to venture into the vast Belt and Road region

        - Emily Mo, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto)

6:05 - Belt and Road opportunities for Canadian companies

         - Andrew Yui, Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

6:20 - "Follow the money" case study - Actual Belt and Road projects by Canadian companies

        - Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor/Former Global Managing Director and Managing Director of China, Hatch Ltd.

6:40 - Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:10 - Closing Remark, Amy Willis, President, HKCBA Ottawa

7:15 - Networking

7:45 - Adjournment

Event sponsor



Emily Mo

Director, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Toronto)

Ms. Mo joined the HKSARG in 2001 as a member of the Administrative Officer Grade. She had worked in different offices, including the Home Affairs Department, the then Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, the Security Bureau, the University Grants Committee Secretariat and the Tourism Commission of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.

Before taking up the Director post in HKETO, Ms Mo served as the Deputy Head of the Human Resources Planning and Poverty Co-ordination Unit under the Chief Secretary for Administration’s Private Office.  She was responsible for providing secretariat support to the Human Resources Planning Commission and Commission on Poverty under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for Administration, as well as monitoring the implementation progress of the initiatives and the delivery of policy objectives agreed by the two commissions. 

Ms. Mo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong.


Andrew Yui

Director, Canada, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Andrew was appointed Director, Canada of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in July 1993. 

HKTDC is Hong Kong’s statutory body responsible for the promotion of international trade (imports and exports) in merchandise, services and technologies, via the Hong Kong platform. The Council works through a network of more than 40 offices worldwide.

Andrew Leads the Council’s Canadian operations and the HKTDC team located in Toronto. “Team HKTDC Canada”, in close co-operation with many like-minded public and private-sector multipliers, assists Canadian companies from coast to coast in accessing and reassessing their business opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of Asia through the Hong Kong platform.

Prior to his emigration from Hong Kong to Canada, Andrew held trade development and promotion posts including Assistant Manager of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Market Officer at HKTDC headquarters, and Attaché commercial for the Government of Québec Office in Hong Kong. 


Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor and Former Global Managing Director, Hatch Ltd

Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey is a Senior Advisor to Hatch Ltd, consulting engineers, project and construction managers, where he has worked for 47 years.

At Hatch, he was a Global Managing Director and main board member. During his career, he also held the positions of Managing Director of China, of Technology Development, President of Hatch de Chile and Vice-President of Business Development. He initiated the Environmental and Technology Development Business units as well as Hatch’s activities in Russia, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Peru.

He has held a wide range of both technical and management positions. He is a past director of the Canada-China Business Council, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Past President and a fellow of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as a past President of The Metallurgical Society. He is a recipient of the Mineral Economics Award, from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers, and a past director and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.

He was Chairman of Sungrow, a Canada-China solar joint-venture and HiSEL Power Corporation, both successfully sold to Chinese investors. He is a board member of Pyrogenesis (TMX-V PYR) developing unique plasma technologies for military and civilian applications. He has served on Charity boards as well as technical society boards. He has over 50 publications and plenary presentations as well as contribution to or editing 7 books.

Chris obtained his first degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a fluid mechanics from the University of Toronto.


Amy Willis, MBA, CPA, CMA

President, Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa) and Director of Pinnacle Global

Amy is a Director with Pinnacle Global, specializing in investment services for Chinese investors and consulting services that help both Chinese and Canadian companies expand and penetrate markets in both Canada and China. She is a regular visitor to Hong Kong and China, and is passionate about fostering closer business ties, facilitating international trade and investment between Canada, Hong Kong, and China while promoting the concept of “Think Asia – Think Hong Kong.

Amy has over 10 years’ experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, and partnership development and management in China, Hong Kong, Canada, and the U.S. Having worked and studied half of her life in China and the other half in Canada, she is fluent in English and Mandarin and has first-hand knowledge of doing business in both China and Canada, including founding and growing a company to over 160 personnel in four years with the opening of a branch office in China. Equipped with a robust set of well-versed skills in business and financial management, Amy has earned the reputation of being as an entrepreneur at heart while possessing a corporate mindset with the utmost integrity. Her innovative entrepreneurial leadership has earned her a proven record of business success, which has been featured on CBC, CTV, Rogers TV, and in the Ottawa Citizen.

Amy received her MBA from Queen’s University and Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA) and holder of the Certificate for Responsible Leadership from Queen’s School of Business. Amy also sits on the Board of the Financial Management Institute of Canada (FMI IGF) - Capital Chapter.

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16 Apr 2019
5:00pm - 7:45pm EDT

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