Seminar: How to Persuade & Influence People

Have you ever been tricked into saying yes or into buying something you didn’t really want? Have you ever wondered why you acted in this way so you could avoid such ploys in the future?  Understanding the six Principles of Persuasion will provide answers to these questions and many more.

Based on the research of Dr. Robert Cialdini, this one day training introduces the six principles of persuasion and the rules that govern human behaviour and decision making, ultimately determining whether we get to ‘Yes’.

Based on over 30 years of scientific research, the Principles of Persuasion provide a framework for understanding influence techniques used frequently by businesses and politicians in society, and a structure for giving our own communications more perspective and attraction.

The six Principles of Persuasion are enormously powerful, don’t require coercion, intimidation or hierarchical authority to work, and can be used effectively in all areas personal and business life including sales, negotiation and mediation.


Course Date:       Tuesday 21st February 2012
Course Time:      9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost:                   HKD 3,000
Venue:                Central or Wanchai (to be confirmed)
Special Rate: 10% discount for Canadian Chamber members!!!


To learn more about this seminar and how to register please follow the link:



Seminar: Would you like to know someone better than they know themselves in 10 minutes or less?

Psychometric profiling has been used in business since the 1960’s when the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test was first released publicly. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) has added the powerful profiling tool of Meta Programs to the arena of personality profiling. Meta Programs are tendencies – at any point in time a person is likely to lean more towards one course of action than another. Everyone has meta programs and most people don’t know their own meta programs unless they have been trained in NLP.

Unlike most other profiling tests, Meta Programs do not require the test subject to take a formal test. Many meta programs can be elicited covertly, hidden within normal speech.

The techniques taught in this course can be utilised to;

(i) Predict behaviours/actions based on thought processes

(ii) Allocate job assignments appropriately and assess whether employees have management potential

(iii) Evaluate ability to manage stressful situations

(iv) Predict job longevity


Next Course Date: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday 12th March, 2012

Course Fee: HKD 3,000 (early bird rate of $2,500 for bookings by 15/02/12)

Special Rate: 10% discount for Canadian Chamber members!!!

For bookings and enquiries please contact or visit




RIM’s New CEO: Thorsten Heins. New Chair of the Board: RBC’s Barbara Stymiest

The official press release below with good info on the appointment and the people.

Our personal favourite is to hear from the new CEO himself.  The National Post  ran this piece on the 8 part YouTube interview with Thorsten Heins.  This article includes all movies and quotes from key parts of the talks summarised for easy reaading.  Click for the National Post piece here.


Research In Motion Names Thorsten Heins President and CEO

•    Board Acts on Recommendation of Co-CEOs to Implement Succession Plan  
•    Mike Lazaridis Named Vice Chair of the Board
•    Jim Balsillie Remains a Director
•    Barbara Stymiest Named Independent Board Chair 
•    Prem Watsa Named Independent Director
Waterloo, ON – The Board of Directors of BlackBerry® maker Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that, acting on the recommendation of its Co-Chief Executive Officers to implement the succession plan they previously submitted to the Board, it has unanimously named Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Heins was also appointed to RIM’s Board. The Board acted after conducting its own due diligence. Both appointments are effective immediately. 

Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel, provide a smooth transition and continue to promote the BlackBerry brand worldwide.  

Mr. Heins said he looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Lazaridis, globally recognized as a technology pioneer. He said, “Mike created a whole new way of communicating and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.” 

On the transition to CEO by Mr. Heins, Mr. Lazaridis said, “There comes a time in the growth of every successful company when the founders recognize the need to pass the baton to new leadership. Jim and I went to the Board and told them that we thought that time was now.  With BlackBerry 7 now out, PlayBook 2.0 shipping in February and BlackBerry 10 expected to ship later this year, the company is entering a new phase, and we felt it was time for a new leader to take it through that phase and beyond.  Jim, the Board and I all agreed that leader should be Thorsten Heins.”

Jim Balsillie remains a member of the Board. “I agree this is the right time to pass the baton to new leadership, and I have complete confidence in Thorsten, the management team and the company,” he said. “I remain a significant shareholder and a Director and, of course, they will have my full support.”

Mr. Lazaridis said that he decided to move from Co-Chair to Vice Chair of the Board in order to return the public’s focus to what is most important: “the great company we have built, its iconic products, global brand and its talented employees.”   
Mr. Lazaridis added, “Thorsten has demonstrated throughout his tenure at RIM that he has the right mix of leadership, relevant industry experience and skills to take the company forward.  We have been impressed with his operational skills at both RIM and Siemens.  I am so confident in RIM’s future that I intend to purchase an additional $50 million of the company’s shares, as permitted, in the open market.”

Mr. Heins said he believes that RIM has tremendous potential.  He joined RIM from Siemens Communications Group in December 2007 as Senior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and became Chief Operating Officer for Product and Sales in August 2011. 

“Mike and Jim took a bold step 18 months ago when RIM purchased QNX to shepherd the transformation of the BlackBerry platform for the next decade,” Mr. Heins said.  “We are more confident than ever that was the right path. It is Mike and Jim’s continued unwillingness to sacrifice long-term value for short-term gain which has made RIM the great company that it is today.  I share that philosophy and am very excited about the company’s future.”

Mr. Heins said that RIM has a strong foundation on which to build. “We have a strong balance sheet with approximately $1.5 billion in cash at the end of the last quarter and negligible debt.  We reported revenue of $5.2 billion in our last quarter, up 24% from the prior quarter, and a 35% year-to-year increase in the BlackBerry subscriber base, which is now over 75 million.”

Mr. Heins said, “BlackBerry 7 has been well received.  We are very excited about PlayBook 2.0 and BlackBerry 10.  The reception of our products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was encouraging.”  

He continued, “RIM earned its reputation by focusing relentlessly on the customer and delivering unique mobile communications solutions. We intend to build on this heritage to expand BlackBerry’s leadership position.”  

Mr. Heins said that RIM has grown quickly. “As with any company that has grown as fast as we have, there have been inevitable growing pains,” he said. “We have learned from those challenges and, I believe, we have and will become a stronger company as a result.

“Going forward, we will continue to focus both on short-term and long-term growth, strategic planning, a customer- and market-based product approach, and flawless execution. We are in the process of recruiting a new Chief Marketing Officer to work closely with our product and sales teams to deliver the most compelling products and services.”

Barbara Stymiest, who formerly served as a member of Royal Bank of Canada’s Group Executive and has been a member of RIM’s Board since 2007, has been named the independent Board Chair. John Richardson, formerly Lead Director, will remain on the Board.  Prem Watsa, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings, also was named to the Board, expanding it to 11 members. 

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Ms. Stymiest said:  “We believe that Thorsten is the right executive to succeed Mike and Jim.  He has 27 years of telecommunications experience, including four years at RIM in senior management positions.  As a Board, we have been impressed with his outstanding management skills, his leadership and his accomplishments within the company.” 

Ms. Stymiest also expressed the Board’s respect and admiration for Messrs. Lazaridis and Balsillie, the company they built, and the steps they have taken to position RIM for the future. 

“They created RIM, nurtured it, and in the process not only built an iconic brand, but literally pioneered the smartphone industry,” she said.  “It is Canada’s largest tech company and one of the largest in the world.”

About Thorsten Heins
Thorsten Heins, 54, is a respected business leader with 27 years of broad experience and expertise in wireless networks and consumer electronics devices. Mr. Heins has a global reputation for his organizational and leadership skills and his ability to build successful organizations that deliver on their commitments. Prior to today’s announcement, Mr. Heins was one of RIM’s two Chief Operating Officers and, before that, Senior Vice President for the Handheld Business Unit.  He played key roles in the creation of RIM’s product portfolio. Mr. Heins came to RIM in December 2007 from the industrial conglomerate Siemens AG.  He joined Siemens in 1984 after graduating from the University of Hannover in his native Germany.  At Siemens, Mr. Heins rose through the ranks of R&D customer service, sales and product management positions.  After serving as Chief Executive Officer of various business divisions in the communication business, Mr. Heins moved to Chief Technology Officer and member of the Group Board of the Siemens Communications Group. He came to RIM after being impressed by the level of innovation displayed by founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Mr. Heins is married with a daughter and a son. Away from RIM, he is usually outdoors bicycling, motorcycling, skiing or hiking.

About Barbara Stymiest
Barbara Stymiest has served as a director of RIM since March 2007.  She has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and an FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.  Ms. Stymiest joined Royal Bank of Canada in 2004, where she served as a member of RBC’s Group Executive, which is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company.  Prior to that, she held positions as Chief Executive Officer at TSX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP.  Ms. Stymiest is currently a Director of George Weston Limited, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Royal Ontario Museum.  

About Prem Watsa
Prem Watsa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a financial services holding company whose corporate objective is to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long-term shareholder value, since 1985. He is also Vice President of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. since 1985. Mr. Watsa formerly served as Vice President of GW Asset Management from 1983 to 1984 and in various positions, ultimately as a Vice President, with Confederation Life Investment Counsel from 1974 to 1983.

North American Nickel’s Operations In Greenland

Richard (Rick) Mills
Ahead of the Herd

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information 

North American Nickel TSX.V – NAN has acquired a Mineral Exploration License on the southwest coast of Greenland that grants exclusive exploration rights to a 4,841 sq km area.


NAN’s Maniitsoq property hosts numerous high-grade drill indicated and surface outcrop exposures of nickel – copper sulphide mineralization associated with mafic-ultramafic intrusions. Given its vast size and the abundance of nickel-copper sulphide occurrences, the Maniitsoq area has seen very little exploration activity.

The only drilling for nickel on the property was done between 1965 and 1972 by Kryolitselskabet Øresund (A/S-KØ). KØ drilled 119 holes totaling 6,287 meters – average depth 53 meters. The drilling tested exposed sulphide mineralization and shallow electromagnetic (EM) anomalies directly associated with the exposed mineralization.


  • 9.85 meters averaging 2.67 per cent nickel and 0.60 per cent copper at Imiak Hill
  • 12.89 meters averaging 2.24 per cent Ni and 0.63 per cent Cu at  Fossilik
  • 4.95 meters @ 1.97% Ni, 0.43% Cu at Quagssuk

The Greenland Norite Belt (GNB) is a 15 km wide by 75 km long “J” shaped belt that rims the Finnefjeld gneiss complex.


Cominco Ltd, in conjunction with the Geological Survey’s of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), flew a large portion of the GNB with an airborne fixed wing GeoTEM EM system in 1995, data acquisition was poor with relatively few EM anomalies detected reflecting the technology of the day.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Richard Mills owns shares of North American Nickel TSX.V – NAN


The Bring a Friend Promotion

CanCham Introduces: The Bring A Friend Promotion ….


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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Presents:

The Bring a Friend Promotion

Take this opportunity to do a favour for a friend and show a little Canadian hospitality!

Starting February 1, 2012 members are invited to bring a non-member to any seminar or boardroom event for free! This is an opportunity to introduce non-members, who ideally would like to become members, to The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s network and to showcase some of our great events!

Who: Member + 1 Non-member
(1) Non-member is entitled to 1 complimentary invitation during this program.
(2) Non-member cannot be from the same company as the member.

Where: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong,
1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central

When: February 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012


• Subject to availability.  Event caps off at 40. • Member + Non-member must register at the same time. • Member must complete registration for both participants. • 
Member + Non-member must be 100% confirmed 72 hours prior to the event or both will be charged for the event. •

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You are receiving this message because you have subscribed via a Canadian Chamber of Commerce staff member during an event or because you are a member of our organisation.

Our mailing address is:

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32 Hollywood Road Central

Hong Kong HKI

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New Members Announcement

BM Intelligence Group


Tony Cheng, Managing Director, BMI Appraisals

Carol Cheung, Director, Company Secretarial Services

Shawn Morvotjoe, Associate Director, BMI Appraisals

BMI Appraisals provides a wide spectrum of professional valuation and consultancy services for initial public offering (IPO), public documentation, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate financing, taxation, liquidation and litigation to local and overseas clients. The integrated team of BMIA has solid experience in valuation of real estate, plant & machinery, business interest and intangible assets.

BMIA headquarters is in Hong Kong and has branch offices in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia with alliance partnerships around the world. BMIA was founded in 2001 by Dr. Tony Cheng who has over 20 years experience in corporate finance and investment in wide range of industries such as engineering, environmental and natural resources. (

BMIA team also provides technical advisory related to Mining, Oil & Gas and Biological assets: BMI Technical Consulting (Resources) provides consulting services in aspects of coal, aggregates, industrial minerals, metals, crude oil and natural gas. ( BMI Technical Consulting (Biological Assets) provides consulting services in aspects of tree plantation, forestry, agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and fishery. (

BMI Corporate Services Limited is a leading one-stop professional secretarial services provider with extensive experience in working with private and listed companies in Hong Kong since 2001. We may provide comprehensive services that you want.

Corporate Services for Private Companies:

-Business Formation and Onshore or Offshore Registration

-Compliance: Statutory filing with Hong Kong and other overseas governmental bodies

Corporate Services for Listed Companies:

-Financial Reporting, Announcements and Circulars

-Compliance: Acting as Named Company Secretary and the company secretarial work in order to comply with the rules and regulations, and the other ad-hoc project, say placing, share repurchase,bonus issue, issue of warrants and options, etc.


Stornoway Diamond Corporation


Nick Thomas, Investor Relations Manager

Zara Boldt, VP Finance, CFO

Matt Manson, CEO

Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Their flagship asset is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Quebec’s first diamond mine. Stornoway also maintains an active diamond exploration program with both advanced and grassroots programs in the most prospective regions of Canada.

In an era when diamonds are becoming increasingly rare, Stornoway’s vision is to build a world class diamond mining company based on quality Canadian diamond projects supplying an expanding world market. Starting with Renard, and building upon a pipeline of exciting exploration projects, Stornoway is guided by the principals of:

-Maximizing shareholder value.

-Respecting the interests of the communities in which we operate

-Growing through mine development and exploration.

-Working with the best people, in mining, exploration and finance.

-Stornoway is a growth oriented company with a world class asset, in one of the world’s best mining jurisdictions, in one of the world’s great mining businesses.


Neil Orvay, Founder

Evolution-U is a specialist provider of training in the fields of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Persuasion Psychology, Personality Profiling, Sales Psychology and Negotiation Theory. Trainings can vary from 2 hour lunch presentations to 7 days for full certification. Most courses are held over one or two days.

All courses are developed by Neil Orvay, an ex-banker turned Hong Kong entrepreneur who is an accredited trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming and a certified Coach under the American Board of NLP.

Given Neil’s background in banking and business, the courses are designed to be highly practical and usable giving participants a “tool kit” of practical skills that can be applied in business and personal lives rather than focusing on purely theoretical concepts.

Since 2009, Neil has trained over 1,000 senior executives and middle management across Asia, Europe and North America. Evolution-U can offer CPD trainings for the legal and insurance sectors upon request.