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TransAsia and Torys Host "Invest in Canada" Symposium

03 June 2010
Beijing: In collaboration with leading Canadian firm Torys and the China Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association (CIODPA), TransAsia hosted a symposium entitled "Invest in Canada - Beijing 2010". The symposium was held with the official endorsement of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the support of the Canadian Embassy in China and sponsorship from Ernst & Young and Goldman Sachs. 

The conference focused on informing PRC companies and SOEs of the various regulatory and political issues involved with investing in Canada. Minister Zhang Xiaoqiang (Vice Chairman of the NDRC), Minister James M. Flaherty (Canadian Minister of Finance), and other senior officials and prominent executives spoke at the event, which was attended by over 200 senior business leaders and government representatives from both countries. 

In addition, the event presented a unique opportunity to observe the growing importance of Sino-Canadian relations, and provided delegates with practical insight into investment in Canada. 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice Chairman, NDRC
  • Mr. James M. Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Canada
  • Mr. Fan Chunyong, Vice President & Secretary-General, China Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association
  • Mr. Les M. Viner, Managing Partner, Torys LLP
  • Mr. Philip J. Brown, Co-Head of M&A Group, Torys LLP
  • Mr. Michael D. Amm, Partner, M&A Group, Torys LLP
  • Mr. Daniel A. Ford, Partner, Infrastructure Group, Torys LLP
  • Mr. Timothy E. Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs Canada Inc. 
  • Mr. Luke Gordon, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Canada Inc.
  • Mr. Michael L. Freeborn, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Canada Inc.
  • Mr. Eric C. Xiao, Partner, Canada Area Leader of China Overseas Investment Network, Ernst & Young LLP (Canada)
  • Ms. Linda Zhu, Partner, China Overseas Investment Network, Ernst & Young LLP (Canada)
  • Ms. Eleanor Wu, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP (China)
  • Mr. Wang Keyong, Manager, Canada Working Group, China Development Bank
  • Mr. Jesse Chang, Managing Partner, TransAsia Lawyers