Dear Chamber Members,
As I will be leaving the Chamber shortly, I wish to write this message highlighting recent Chamber events and activities, as well as to thank so many of you for your hard work and support over the past year.
My last remarks in eNews were at Chinese New Year – has six months passed already??!
The Chamber has had more than 40 dedicated events and over 50 Committee meetings during this time period. Of particular mention are a series of speaker events featuring Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment (thanks to our Sustainable Development Committee for organizing), our annual Mining Investment Forum, the Chamber Ball and Canada D’eh Celebrations.
Janice Ip – our recently arrived Events and Marketing Manager, and her able assistant Amanda Ho – can take credit for some very well produced events. We had 15 companies and 100 attendees at the Mining Forum, and the Chamber Ball stands out with just over 550 attending. Who would have guessed we could provide a hockey rink turned into a dance floor? Only Canadians know how to do this! Canada D’eh provided enjoyment for 60 at the annual VIP dinner at LKF Hotel, and many more at a Street Party afterwards.
Our Committees have had speakers on an extraordinarily wide range of topics. We have learned about water availability in China, “Big Data’s” influence on our daily lives, solar-powered light standards and bus stops, and rock caverns for parking lots and shopping malls. Again thanks to our many Committee Chairs for such well-organized speaker events.
Two recent events stand out: our Property Committee’s sponsorship of a major Panel Discussion on the proposed Double Stamp Duty which was attended by almost 80 at the American Club, and the Honourable Anson Chan (former Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR) this week addressed over 60 participants at the Hong Kong Club.
The Chamber’s long-running Governance Committee has significantly amended our M&A and Bylaws, most of which were formulated in the late 1970’s: we will vote to accept the new documents at the next Chamber AGM on October 7th. Congratulations to our President and the Committee for many hundreds of hours of work in updating our governing documentation.
I wish to welcome some new additions to the Chamber – Olivier Lanoix as Membership Manager and Vivian Wan as Administrative Assistant. Many of you will have met Olivier, who joins us as former Membership Manager of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing, as well as with Vivian who assists Carol Chan, Finance and Operations Manger. Our newest member of the Chamber team is Carol’s newly arrived daughter! Congratulations to Carol – she will return in November, after her maternity leave.
Evan Wilcox, in his new role as Membership Services Manager, continues to build our enhanced Chamber website, online directory and loyalty program. Member benefits will increase visibly by mid-September, when we announce our Member Privileges Program giving our membership discounts and Chamber-specific offerings, often not available in the marketplace. Please check the site for new information on promotions, events and Committee news.
In closing, I wish to thank Chamber staff and the general membership for contributing to my gratifying past year with the Chamber, as well as to so many successful programs and initiatives.
David M. Nesbitt