Mr. John A. Girard Takes the Helm of Regal Hotels Area General Manager (Hong Kong)

Mr. John A. Girard has recently been appointed Area General Manager (Hong Kong) and General Manager of Regal Airport Hotel Meeting and Conference Centre. As the Area General Manager (Hong Kong) of Regal Hotels International, Mr. Girard will oversee Regal’s hotels in Hong Kong.

As Area General Manager, he will continue to drive Regal’s international business development. With a thorough understanding of operations and marketing of world class hotels, Mr. Girard aims to further strengthen the Regal Airport Hotel’s position as the best Airport Hotel in the world. 



SunLife – Dragon Boat Races at Stanley!!!

Angela Dong of UBC, co-op student at The Chamber, made her way down to the Stanley Dragon Boat Festival to see what was up with Chamber Platinum Sponsor, Sun LIfe Financial.  She gets into the nitty gritty of the dragon boat festival at Stanley and some of the new developments in dragon boat technology.

Interviewer: Ms. Angela Dong—Management Trainee at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong


Interviewee: Mr. Roger “The Man of” Steel—CEO at Sun Life Financial Hong Kong


1. What are some of the highlights of this year’s competition?


The highlights of this year’s competition include:

–         Increase in the number of boats and teams—more than 250 local and overseas teams with more than 5000 paddlers have enrolled to compete at this year’s dragon boat competition.

–         Technology—not only our boats are upgraded to glass fiber material, but we are also having our exclusive “TVB Fun” App, where people can shoot a 20-second video relating to the event on their mobile phone and upload to TVB Fun before 6:00 p.m. on the same day to win a cash prize up to HK$10,000.

–         One of another technology highlights is Sun Life’s iButterfly app and capturing 3 Sun Life virtual butterflies, attendees can get a free ice cream on site.


2. What role do you believe the Stanley Dragon Boat Competition has been playing in both the local community’s and Hong Kong’s history, cultural promotion, as well as in their international influences?


The Competition has definitely been playing a very important role. It symbolizes Hong Kong so well in that it is both an international and a very local event. As you can see, how many foreign participants as well as audience we have got this year—we have an international paddler in every boat if it’s not already all foreign paddlers! (In a way, it also represents Sun Life Hong Kong’s image—we are an international company deep rooted here in Hong Kong—this year is our Hong Kong headquarter’s 120th anniversary!)

Also, the dragon boat competition is absolutely a great way for building teams. Paddlers have 60 hours of practice before the actual competition—during these many hours, they can learn a great deal of coordination, cooperation, as well as mutual understanding and support. A women’s team is so determined to win that all of them have actually been working out in a gym together after work!


3. How do you think the competition has evolved over the years, since its 1st competition 45 years ago?


45 years ago, the competition scale was a lot smaller. We didn’t have these many boats, these many paddlers, and these many audiences! Now, not only has it become a world-class event, but the fun has multiplied as well! This is due largely in part to the new technology (apps) so that everybody can get involved and engaged!


4. Can you explain some of the main advantages glass fiber boats have over traditional wood boats?


First, glass fiber boats are lighter—that makes it easier to travel in the water as well as moves faster. Second, glass fiber boats are exactly the same, while the wood boats can have certain degrees of variation due to natural material’s difference, distortion or deterioration due to exposure to moisture and elapse of time etc. Third, glass fiber boats definitely last longer and are more environmentally friendly.


5. Do you think the participants’ and audiences’ focus of interest (or, their motivation of participating in the competition) has changed over the years? Why or why not?


I think people’s interests in participation have gradually changed from the traditional celebration of Duanwu Festival to a spirit of involvement. As you can see, dragon boat competition is such a great way of team-building, more and more companies/organizations have encouraged their employees to come out and participate in this team-building sport—as the practice alone requires so much commitment, determination, and serves as a great way of uniting and reconnecting. And of course, people are more orientated toward “fun-ness”, this can be seen from this year’s “Fun Costume Competition” where people are purely enjoying themselves!


Business Opportunities Still Abound in Hong Kong

Allan Zeman was drawn to the opportunities that the Far East had to offer back in the 70s, starting off small with a trading company.

But he is more popularly known as the father of Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s best known night spot.

Mr Zeman, now chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Holdings, believes that today’s Hong Kong still provides opportunities for those who want to make it big.

“Hong Kong is an international marketplace. People from all over the world come here to do business. And so in my mind, I think that Hong Kong will always be an opportunity for people who are creative, able to think ahead, who can come up with a product that’s a little different. If you’re one of those categories, there’s always opportunity,” he said.

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Insurance: Manulife Expands ASEAN Reach with Cambodia Office

TORONTO, June 28 (Reuters) – Manulife Financial Corp , Canada’s largest life insurer, is expanding into Cambodia as part of a long-term bet on southeast Asia that could see the region eventually become the prime growth engine for the company.


Once a company that drew the lion’s share of its profit from Canada and the United States, Toronto-based Manulife earned 34 percent of its core profit from its Asian division in 2011.

Manulife already operates in nine Asian countries, with the bulk of sales in Japan and Hong Kong. Asian profit growth is key to the company fulfilling its pledge to boost net profit to C$4 billion ($3.90 billion) by 2015.

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CanCham Welcomes New Members!

The CanCham would like to welcome Sonepar Group, JStewart Golf & TreeCrunch as its newest members!

Sonepar Group


Keith Moss, President of Asia-Pacific

Founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne, the Sonepar group, electrical equipment distributor, grew rapidly thanks to the ongoing support of its family shareholders, organizing and structuring its business of electrical equipment distribution. A group of European stature as of 1982, Sonepar is now enlarging its international footprint through targeted acquisitions around the world. The integration of substantial Hagemeyer assets in 2008 marks a major step forward in that direction.

Today, with 14.7 billion euros of turnover in 2011, Sonepar is represented by 160 companies operating in 35 countries on five continents. It is at the heart of a €190 billion global market which, due to the growing number of applications for electrical equipment, fast-changing product technologies, and the need for new services, has considerable further potential.

JStewart Golf


JStewart Golf is one of the few companies in the world able to offer a variety of custom made golf products with a low minimum order. We are ideally situated in Hong Kong /China and have direct access to numerous factories in the region,which makes our prices competitive. We personally oversee every order with the factories, to ensure the quality and production lead times are met.

Besides the products listed in the catalogue, we can also source many other accessories including non-golf related items) through our existing network of contacts.

A unique aspect of our business is that our customers can choose from a variety of fabrics, so that they can match their logo or design to the product. Why advertise and pay for a golf brand when you can have your own billboard on the fairways of the world?! Many of the professional golfers, who you see every week on TV, have personalized bags which we have supplied.

JStewart Golf supplies promotional accessories and gifts for Companies, as well as merchandise for Golf Clubs, Societies & Teams. We even make bespoke golf bags for individuals who want
to stand out from the crowd! Our in-house design team will work with you to incorporate your logo and any other feature required, into your product’s artwork.

We offer volume discounts on all our models and can deliver to anywhere in the world. Please note that our lead time is generally 40-60 days, although, special requests can be made.

JStewart Golf, was established by James Stewart,who played on the Asian Tour for many years. Golf is our business, so if you’re searching for innovative ideas to raise your profile in the game, we can help!

TreeCrunch Limited



We are a company that believes everyone’s view and opinions matters, and that when companies listen to these views, they can build better, more awesome and more profitable products and services.

Founded in 2011, TreeCrunch is a Hong Kong-based startup that believes technology should be beautiful; that the internet is a platform for change; and that developers are heroes, deserve offices, the best hardware we can afford, and as much RAM as we can cram into their machines so they don’t have to wait for code to compile.

We were initially self-funded by our co-founders, but are now also funded by a small group of angel investors from across Asia, Australia and North America, and have received further seed funding from Hong Kong’s Cyberport Creative Microfund.


Mining: Maniitsoq Exploration Program Underway

Vancouver, B.C. – June 26, 2012. North American Nickel Inc. (TSX VENTURE: NAN) (OTCBB: WSCRF) (CUSIP: 65704T 108). North American Nickel (“NAN”) is pleased to announce that field operations have now begun at its 100% owned Maniitsoq project in southwest Greenland.

A helicopter-borne, Versatile Time-Domain EM (VTEM) survey commenced last week and is being conducted by Geotech Ltd. of Aurora, Ontario. The survey is focused on the highly prospective Greenland Norite Belt (GNB) where historical drilling intersected high grade nickel sulphide mineralization (e.g. 9.85 m of sulphide mineralization averaging 2.67% Ni and 0.60% Cu in drill hole Im-9).

North American Nickel CEO, Rick Mark, states “I am very pleased to see exploration begin at Maniitsoq. We have experienced some delays this month due to logistic and technical issues, but, the helicopter is now on the job. Our flying program last year showed that modern technology works in the GNB. We are all looking forward to more targets being defined and starting our initial drill campaign later this summer.”

The survey will total over 3,000 line-kilometres and, together with last year’s SkyTEM survey, will provide near complete helicopter TEM coverage of the entire GNB within the company’s land holdings. Surveying will also be done over selected targets outside the main GNB.

Electromagnetic anomalies detected by the 2012 VTEM survey together with those identified by last fall’s SkyTEM survey will be field checked and the highest priority ones will be drilled later this summer. Drilling is now expected to begin in mid-August.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Mining: Exeter Provides Update On The Caspiche Gold-Copper Project

Vancouver, B.C., June 26, 2012 – Exeter Resource Corporation (NYSE-MKT:XRA, TSX:XRC, Frankfurt:EXB – “Exeter” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on activities on its Caspiche project in the Maricunga gold belt of central Chile.

  • The Company has been conducting geotechnical and metallurgical drilling at Caspiche and water exploration drilling north of Caspiche to place it in a position to commit to a feasibility study (“FS”) on the heap leachable portion of the Caspiche deposit.
  • On the sulphide deposit, lower order technical studies to advance the project are continuing. These studies include metallurgical optimisations, process engineering and baseline environmental studies.
  • The Company is cognisant of the difficult market conditions currently affecting equity markets. To this end a strategy has been formulated to cautiously advance the project in order to conserve the $61 million treasury.
  • Project expenditures will be delayed, including the initiation of the heap leach project FS.

Exeter Going Forward

Exeter Chairman, Mr. Yale Simpson comments: “Exeter is in a unique position for a junior explorer. We have a world class gold-copper asset in an excellent jurisdiction and a very substantial treasury.

“In my view the current depressed share price does not reflect the potential future value of the Caspiche deposit, a value that could well be a multiple of our current valuation. The timing will depend on metal prices and world economic conditions.

“The Board is determined to see a higher valuation and to that extent Caspiche is ‘not for sale’. We have set aside the funds necessary to maintain the asset for the months or years necessary to bring value to our shareholders. We remind ourselves daily that no one has found another Caspiche-size deposit in Chile for years, simply because there aren’t many left to be found.

“We have a treasury sufficient to consider the acquisition of another project however such an acquisition cannot jeopardise the security of our Caspiche asset. Our view is simply that there are some very interesting opportunities becoming available, potentially for joint venture or ‘on sale’.”

Staging the Development of the Caspiche Project

On June 6, 2011, the Company released the “Oxide Gold Prefeasibility Study” (PFS-1), to demonstrate the potential economics of developing the upper gold zone at Caspiche as a stand-alone mining project. On January 17, 2012, the Company released the larger “Pre-Feasibility Study of the Caspiche Gold Project” (PFS-2), to demonstrate the potential economics of the total Caspiche gold- copper deposit, including the upper oxide gold zone.

PFS-1 was effective in showing that the development of the upper gold zone is potentially within the financial reach of a company of Exeter’s size. In contrast, PFS-2 predictably showed that the development of the larger project, with relatively high capital costs which are in line with comparable porphyry-type gold-copper projects, will likely require development by a major mining company or a joint venture group.

The study results demonstrate the potential for Caspiche to be developed in two phases. A simple heap leach gold project could be developed as Phase 1 followed by the development of the much larger sulphide gold-copper deposit as Phase 2. Phase 1 has the potential of being brought into production reasonably rapidly and at modest capital cost, to process both the oxide ore modelled in PFS-1, and potentially, some of the low copper content, leachable “MacNeill zone” sulphide ore which overlies the western edge of the gold-copper sulphide deposit. During Phase 1 the Company could continue the pre-development (engineering, infrastructure and environmental) studies relevant to Phase 2 of the project.

You are invited to visit the Exeter web site at

Bryce Roxburgh
President and CEO

For further information, please contact:
B. Roxburgh, President or
Rob Grey, VP Corporate Communications
Tel: 604.688.9592 Fax: 604.688.9532
Toll-free: 1.888.688.9592

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