Ministry of International Trade Regional Outreach Seminar

In partnership with Advantage BC and Agricultural Bank of China

 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM March 10, 2016; Copper Room, Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

This 3-hour morning and lunch program is part of BC Ministry of International Trade’s efforts in reaching out to BC regional economic centers to promote international trade, educate new trade tools, provide market intelligence and learn the regional needs. The program intends to cover a range of topics relating to international trade which will benefit both small and large exporters. Professional services firms such as accounting firms and law firms are also welcome.


  • Ministry of International Trade
  • Advantage BC – Doing Business with China
  • Bank of China – China Economic Outlook and RMB Financial Services

Seminar Schedule

Time Activity Presenter
10:30 – 11:10
(30min Presentation + ~10min Q&A
RMB Internationalization as a BC Exporters’ Advantage – The Pan-Canada RMB Trading Hub

  • Organization Intro
  • Pan-Canada RMB Trading Hub: Facts, Implications and the Tool-Kit
  • BC International Business Activity Act (‘IBBA’)
Colin Hansen,
President and CEO, AdvantageBC
11:10 – 11:50 (30min Presentation + ~10min Q&A) Trading with China, Key Insights and Best Practices

  • Organization Intro and Services in Canada
  • China Economy Update
  • Chinese Forestry and Agriculture Industry Update
  • Best Practices in Trade Finance in Dealing with Chinese Partners
Jennifer Guo,
Sr. General Manager, Bank of China (Canada)
12:00 – 12:15 MIT Sponsored Lunch Reception
12:15-13:00 Lunch and Networking

  • Light Cocktail Style Lunch with standing tables

Ministry of International Trade – Website

The Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism pursues strategic opportunities to promote British Columbia internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business. This is done by delivering services that accelerate British Columbia’s exports, attract strategic investments including international offices, develop international partnerships, increase awareness of B.C.’s competitive advantages, negotiate trade agreements and deliver venture capital programs. The ministry also promotes the benefits of B.C.’s diverse cultures.

Speaker Profile: Mr. John McDonald

John is the Executive Director of the Natural Resources Branch of the BC Ministry of International Trade. Prior to taking his role in Vancouver, John completed a 7-year term as the Managing Director of BC’s Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai, China, with an emphasis on assisting BC businesses in matching with international partners and supporting BC companies in their market access success. Additional professional experience includes being the Managing Director for the Canada Wood Group in China, as well as several years as an entrepreneur in the executive recruitment and online advertising business. Mr. McDonald has extensive experience in international business investment, marketing and government relations in the areas of natural resources, services, and media. He holds a BA from the University of Victoria and is an MBA graduate of the Paris based business school, INSEAD.


Advantage BC – Website

AdvantageBC International Business Centre Vancouver (‘Advantage BC’) is a non-profit Society, established in 1986, with a mandate to promote British Columbia as a favourable location for international business. AdvantageBC communicates the tax incentive program, such as the International Business Activity Act (IBAA), as well as the many advantages British Columbia offers as a location for corporate investment, including an educated and multilingual workforce, an outstanding telecommunications infrastructure, clean and competitive energy, and a high quality of living. In recent years, it took a leadership and partnered with the Government of BC to promote the Pan-Canadian RMB Trading Hub.

Speaker Profile: Colin Hansen

Colin Hansen is the President and Chief Executive Officer with AdvantageBC. In 1996, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative. He serves on two not-for-profit boards: the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and the Fraser Basin Council. In addition, he is Chair of the Advisory Board for Retirement Concepts and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation (a provincial crown corporation). Before politics, he was President and Founding Partner of Image Group, BC’s largest promotional products company, and the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Speaker Profile: Jimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell is the Vice President of Business Development with AdvantageBC. Previously, Jimmy worked in Canada’s Foreign Service, as the Canadian government liaison for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 where he directed the business and trade focused programming plan for the Canada Pavilion. He served as a China specialist in political and public affairs roles and oversaw political affairs and bilateral relations for Canada’s Shanghai Consulate from 2005 to 2008, and at the Canadian Trade off ice in Taipei (2000 – 2003). He graduated from University of Regina in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Chinese Politics and History from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He also spent one year in Chinese-language training at the National Taiwan Normal University.


Bank of China (Canada) – Website

Bank of China (the ‘Bank’) is one of the largest banks in the world. It is also the most international bank in China. First established its Toronto Representative Office back in 1992, it has since expanded its operations to 10 retail branches across Canada with five in Ontario, three in BC, one in Alberta, and one in Quebec. The Bank has been active in the area of Trade Finance, International syndicated loans, and commercial mortgages. Among all of these services, services denominated in Renminbi have become its featured business. In late 2013, the Bank moved its International Business Centre to Vancouver. The centre offers trade finance and foreign exchange services for its Canadian clients.

Speaker Profile – Ms. Jennifer Guo

Ms. Guo was born in 1976. In 1998 Ms. Guo was graduated from Wuhan University in China with double bachelor degrees (major in English Language & Literature and Economics). After two years of study, in 2000 Ms Guo was awarded a Master degree in English Language & Literature from Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute in China.

Ms. Guo has worked for Bank of China Head Office over 15 years. In 2000, Ms. Guo joined Bank of China and became Relationship Manager of Financial Institutions Department. After six years of relationship development experience, in 2006 Ms. Guo was promoted to Senior Manager of Olympic Affairs Department in Bank of China Head Office, leading several Beijing 2008 Olympic Games related marketing projects. In 2009, Ms. Guo became the Head of Financial Institutions Department Europe & Americas Team. Ms. Guo came to beautiful British Columbia in November 2015 and started her new role as Senior Branch Manager of Bank of China (Canada) Vancouver Branch.

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