The Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA), one of the largest bi-lateral trade association in Canada, has more than 1,000 members in 8 active Sections in major cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax - and Representatives in Hong Kong, Regina Saskatchewan and London Ontario – together with strong dynamic connections to 33 similar trade groups in 24 countries around the world through the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW).
HKCBA exists to encourage two-way trade between Canada and Hong Kong, and through Hong Kong to the rest of China and Asia, and to provide a forum for discussion of trade issues involving Hong Kong and Canada, and to promote policies - by both governments - that will lead to expanded trade and closer ties between the two. It does this by sponsoring meetings and professional presentations on topics of interest, leading trade delegations, and by organizing cultural exchanges.
The organization originated with a series of informal discussions among participants at the Pacific Rim Opportunities Conference held in Calgary in 1983. This initial discussion included John Treleaven, then Canada's Senior Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong, Len Dunning, then the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Robert Issenman, a prominent attorney in Montreal, and Martin Glynn, then a Vice-President of the Hongkong Bank of Canada (now HSBC Bank Canada) in Vancouver.
In August 1984 the HKCBA was incorporated as a non-profit Canadian corporation. In late 1984 the first three sections were formed, in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, headed up by Martin Glynn, Robert Brown (then Vice President Central and Eastern Canada with the Hongkong Bank of Canada), and Robert Issenman, respectively.
New sections were developed in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, St. John's and Winnipeg in 1985 and 1986, and in Halifax in 1987.
The need for a national office to co-ordinate the activities of, and facilitate communication among, these sections was soon apparent, and a national office was established in 1986, with Robert Brown of Toronto as the first National President.
The establishment of the Association coincided with a period of growing immigration from Hong Kong to Canada, and the Association's membership quickly increased. In more recent years, many things have changed, most importantly of course – Hong Kong is now part of China. But the focus of HKCBA has not wavered in all these years – HKCBA exists to assist its members to do business together, between Canada and Hong Kong, and through Hong Kong to the rest of China and South East Asia.
HKCBA members are owners or managers of small or medium sized businesses trading with Hong Kong, China and South East Asia, trade related enterprises, and professionals - mainly lawyers, bankers and accountants - who are involved in international trade.
Each section is responsible for its own programs. The activities include meetings and networking events, presentations by leading international and local authorities, workshops and seminars on trade-related topics for the benefit of members, trade delegations and trade missions, briefings and submissions for the federal and provincial governments, and a wide variety of cultural and social events.
The National Office co-ordinates activities that affect the entire organization, and acts as the national voice of the Association. It is often consulted on questions related to doing business with Hong Kong, and with the rest of China and the Pacific Rim through Hong Kong, and has earned a reputation as a valuable forum for serious discussion of economic issues affecting the region. The National Office is also a valuable point of contact for Hong Kong, China companies interested in expanding their markets in North America.
The HKCBA is Hong Kong's largest and most active overseas trade association. It is actively supported by all members of the “Hong Kong Family” here in Canada, including the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Invest Hong Kong.
The HKCBA was also one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (www.hkfederation.org.hk), an organization established in November 2000 to develop closer ties among the 33 bi-lateral Hong Kong trade associations around the world. Through the Federation, members of the HKCBA have a point of contact and a source of local trade information in 24 countries. The first Chairman of the Federation for 2000-2002 was HKCBA’s own Maxwell Brotman, then HKCBA’s National Chair. HKCBA continues to be well represented on the Federation’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
HKCBA’s partner organization in Hong Kong - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong - is a proactive, non-government body representing more than 1200 members with business interests in Canada, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Founded in 1977, CanCham Hong Kong (www.cancham.org) is today the biggest Canadian business association outside Canada and one of the largest and most influential business groupings in Asia-Pacific.
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The Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) http://www.toronto.hkcba.com has sections (chapters) in major Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax, and representatives in Regina, London Ontario and Hong Kong. It has more than 1,000 corporate and individual members in Canada, with connections to 33 similar Hong Kong business associations (more than 11,000 members) in 24 countries around the world through the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. Founded in 1984, HKCBA’s mission is to promote commercial and economic activities between Canada and Hong Kong, and to assist Canadian business in doing business in Hong Kong, and through Hong Kong, with the rest of China and South East Asia.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) http://www.hketo.ca is the official representative of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Canada. Located in Toronto, its main responsibilities include facilitating trade negotiations and handling trade related matters with the federal government, inter-government relations with provincial and municipal governments; promoting Canadian investment in Hong Kong; and liaising with the media and business community. It organizes various activities to promote Hong Kong, including seminars, exhibitions and other business events, as well as cultural and educational exchanges.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) http://www.hktdc.com is the global marketing arm and public service hub for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service exporters. Its activities are especially geared to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the chief drivers of Hong Kong’s trade. Its mission is to create and facilitate opportunities in international trade for Hong Kong companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to promote a positive image of Hong Kong. It also helps enhance Hong Kong's standing as a partner and platform for global business.
Invest HK’s http://www.investhk.gov.hk role is to promote Hong Kong's many advantages as an investment and business hub in Asia. It provides assistance to corporations looking for direct investment opportunities in Hong Kong. Its aim is to ensure that companies have all the support they need to establish operations in Hong Kong. InvestHK’s representative in Canada supplies information on Hong Kong's business environment, delivers government information on funding and other support services, and help Identify and match potential Canadian investor with business partners in Hong Kong.
The responsibilities of the HKTB - http://www.discoverhongkong.com/canada - a Government-subvented body, are to market and promote Hong Kong as a destination worldwide, as well as to take initiatives to enhance the experiences of its visitors once they have arrived. This includes making recommendations to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government and other relevant bodies on the range and quality of visitor facilities. The HKTB's mission is to maximise the social and economic contribution that tourism makes to the community of Hong Kong, and to consolidate Hong Kong's position as a unique, world class and most desired destination.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is a proactive, non-government body representing more than 1200 members with business interests in Canada, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Founded in 1977, CanCham Hong Kong http://www.cancham.org is today the biggest Canadian business association outside Canada and one of the largest and most influential business groupings in Asia-Pacific.
The Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide http://www.hkfederation.org.hk is a unique network of 33 Hong Kong Business Associations in 24 countries with over 11,000 individual associates.
These Hong Kong Business Associations were started by overseas traders, buyers and professionals, who have strong business links to Hong Kong in their respective countries, for the purpose of networking and exchanging of business information and ideas. Each of these Associations has their own individual members who are top business people and SMEs in their home country. They are Hong Kong's closest allies and partners in the world market.
With the help of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), these Associations formed the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide in November 2000. The Federation aims to achieve synergy among the global network of Hong Kong Business Associations. It provides an effective base for member associations to network and exchange information, thereby, generating business opportunities.
The Federation is a non-profit-making organization limited by guarantee.