Discover how to do business in China from real-world experts

You are invited to join local business people and experts for a free, hands-on, business-focused event with workshops on e-commerce, finance, negotiation and human resources.



8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Lobby / ScotiaBank Theatre
Sobey School of Business, 903 Robie Street

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Rob Summerby-Murray, President Saint Mary’s University, Saint Mary's University

Laurel Broten, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Nova Scotia Business Inc.

9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.


Speaker: Claire Zhang, Interim Chapter Director, Atlantic Chapter, Canada China Business Council
E-Commerce in China – Touring the landscape of available channels

9:50 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.


Speaker: Joseph Cooke, President, Web Presence in China (WPIC)
Roadmap to the mastery of E-Commerce sales channel development

10:35 a.m. –10:50 a.m.


Speaker: Luc Hartwick, Director, Royal Bank of Canada
Route86 - An RBC and EDC initiative to help prepare and launch Canadian brands online in China

10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Coffee break

10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Royal Bank of Canada,
Ed Steeves, Regional Vice-President, Export Development Canada
Financing trends in E-Commerce. Getting the cashflow right

11:35 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Speaker: Riven Zhang, CEO, MotionPay
Using China’s Payment Platforms in Canada, keys to a successful head start

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel on China’s Economy

Dr. Xiaoguang Wang (Director), Beijing Rongzhi Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Wenping Wang, Professor of Economics, Shandong University of Financial and Economics
Dr. Mohammad Rahaman, Associate Professor of Finance, Canada Research Chair, Sobey School of Business

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Buffet – Loyola Conference Hall (L290)

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Speaker: Jean-Luc Hébert, Vice-President, International, Saimen
Negotiating in China – A Strategic Matter

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Coffee break

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


Speaker: Danielle Jiang, President, DJM Asia
Agri-Food Imports into China - policy and procedure

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Speaker: Catherine Zhu, Partner, Egon Zhender
Trends in talent and hiring in China – Keys to a successful HR strategy

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