CSR: Monsoon launches Men’s Forum – for men only.

Chamber member Monsoon has launched a new event series catering to the needs and interests of men.

The Mens Forum is an English speaking, non-political, non-religious, non-profit making platform  providing infotainment programs for men, specifically the local business community, professionals, entrepreneurs, senior executives aged 35 and above in the higher income group.

The funds raised will support the AWA’s (American Women’s Association) Education & Scholarship program.  The  programme provides support to 5000+ underprivileged secondary and university students, especially those in Shum Shui Po, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun areas. Research has shown that all things equal, ivy league “rich kids” are beating “poor kids” 8:1 in the job market. They get better jobs with better pay because they have more exposure, are wiser in the ways of the world, & are therefore smarter. The Men’s Forum is part of a program established to address this problem.

Apart from raising funds, the Forum strives to develop a network of potential employers,  high earning professionals and executives in the senior management level in an attempt to build up a pool of resources for these students – from simple exposure opportunities, (e.g. a visit to a production plant…) to finding internships and trainee programs for their graduates.

Speakers for the 21/May/2011 Forum include:

Award Winning Wines 2010

Toby Marion, Chairman, HK Country Club.  Director, Golden Gate Wine. Governor, American Chamber of Commerce


Managing Super Sports Brands

Rob James, Ambassador for RacingThePlanet, Marketing Manager, Asia for Manchester United


Receding Hairline

Dr. Walter King, Head of Reconstructive Surgery, HK Sanatorium & Hospital. Clinical Professor of Surgery, Chinese University of HK.



Understanding Tablets: iPad2 vs. The Androids

Jay Oatway, Tech Journalist, Digital Strategist, Social Media Coach

Finding A Life Partner in Hong Kong

M.L. Liu,  Founder & Managing Director, Hong Kong Matchmakers, Winner of 2010 High Flyer Award.

 Take A Spin in a MiG Fighter Jet…Explore the Titanic…Then bike thro’ the Gobi !

Sue Davis, Manager Concorde Travel, bespoke travel specialist of outrageous and exotic holidays.


A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon and all for a good cause. To avoid disappointment, book now : www.mensforum.com.hk

Enquiry: info@mensforum.com.hk


Investment: Pure Technology Road Show comes to Hong Kong

The investment community are invited to join Pure Technologies, a TSX-listed infrastructure technology leader (TSX-V: PUR), on May 25th in Hong Kong.

The President, Mr. Jack Elliott, will present along with Derek Choi, Managing Director of their Hong Kong joint venture partner, Balama Prima Engineering.  Pure Technology and Balama Prima Engineering announced their Hong Kong based joint venture last year which is developing opportunities in Hong Kong and China.

They will discuss their firms’ performance, prospects and plans for China over lunch.  See the corporate fact sheet below and invitation.

Open to media, qualified investors and business partners.

Mining: Avalon rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange On Tuesday April 26th

Chamber member and CEO Don Bubar was privileged to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the Company’s listing on the NYSE Amex on December 21, 2010.

Don was accompanied on the balcony for this memorable event by Avalon’s CFO, Jim Andersen, Chairman Alan Ferry, Director Hari Panday, as well several enthusiastic shareholders, consultants and supporters from the United States who have helped the Company over the years to achieve this important milestone.

We invite you to visit www.avalonraremetals.com to watch the video and view some photos from the event.

Video and photo show here.

Lifestyle: Expats say Canada is best place to live

According to a study of over 1,000 expats carried out by NatWest International, Canada is the country which offers the best qualify of life for Britons abroad.

92 per cent of British expats in Canada surveyed by the bank praised their working environment as “very good” or “excellent”, while 90 per cent rated their financial security as meeting the same criteria.

Read the full story here.

People, Insurance: Sun Life Financial Appoints VP of Individual Life Business

Sun Life Hong Kong today announced the appointment of Albert Chan as Vice President, Individual Life Business, directly reports to Roger Steel, CEO of Sun Life Hong Kong.


In his new role, Chan is responsible for managing the Individual Life Business (ILB) division, which is newly established for the management of the Individual Life business of Sun Life Hong Kong.  He will be in charge of product development, product management and product-related regulatory and marketing communications, plus the investment funds marketing function.



Since 1994, Chan has been a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He has over 20 years of experience in Individual and Group Insurance products and the Retirement Plan business, in both consulting and insurance company environments. Having started his career as an Actuarial staff in Canada, he has most recently served as Chief Actuary in the third largest life insurance company in China. A seasoned executive, Chan has experience in product development and strategic planning as well as corporate actuarial functions, working in Hong Kong across a variety of roles with leading life insurers and a major consulting firm.