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Ron practises general business and corporate law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, banking and financing transactions, regulation of financial institutions, public private partnerships and corporate restructurings. He has practiced for more than 35 years. Ron also advises on lending and compliance matters including syndications, derivatives, securitizations and letters of credit. Ron’s expertise in project finance is in the transportation, real estate, mining, forestry, aeronautics and distribution sectors. Ron is also active in advising insurance companies and captive insurance companies. Ron is recognized by LexPert as one of Canada’s repeatedly recommended lawyer in the field of corporate and commercial law, and in 2010, he was recognized as The Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Banking Law (one of 13 in British Columbia).
Andrew Parkinson is the Chief Operating Officer of Contessa Capital Canada Corporation. Previously he was the President and Portfolio Manager of a local asset management firm in Vancouver; the President and Compliance Officer of a Vancouver based asset management firm with offices in Canada, USA and Bermuda and a Policy Advisor for the BC Securities Commission. He has also worked internationally in banking and finance across Australia and England. Andrew has a Master’s of Business Administration from Cass Business School in London, England and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He has recently received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada. He is currently the Chair of AdvantageBC’s Governance Committee and previously served on the board of the Portfolio Managers Association of Canada and the Canadian Capital Markets Association.
Anne Meyer is Senior Vice President and CFO of Raymond James and is responsible for overseeing a full service brokerage finance and accounting operation, providing leadership and direction at the corporate level. Anne is responsible for providing financial and management reporting, operational planning and analysis, as well as formulating and implementing tactical and strategic initiatives. Anne brings extensive experience in the financial services sector to her role. Before joining Raymond James in 2003 she was a Senior Manager with Grant Thornton where she specialized in the financial services sector. In addition to receiving her chartered accounting (CA) designation, Anne completed the in depth tax course offered by the CICA and the certified investments and derivatives auditor (CIDA) designation. Anne currently acts as Treasurer for the Raymond James Canada Foundation and Chair of the Audit Committee with AdvantageBC.
Bruce Flexman is the Immediate Past President of AdvantageBC and a former Chair of KPMG’s Board of Directors and Managing Partner of its tax practice, responsible for overseeing 900 professionals. He is past Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Tax Policy Committee, which includes the tax managing partners of the six largest accounting firms in Canada. Bruce is Treasurer and Board member for Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver to strengthen the city’s economic future. Bruce obtained a degree in Engineering Mathematics from Queen’s University and an MBA with Distinction from Cornell University. Bruce was awarded his FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia) for his service to the CA profession and community and currently serves on its Member Recognition Committee. He is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the BC Business Council. Bruce supports the Arts Club Theatre Company as a member of its Board and Foundation.
Chris has a B.Sc. from University College, University of London and an MBA from Simon Fraser University, as well as many years of banking experience, including Corporate, Trade and International Banking. Previously he worked in Europe, the US and Canada, with two Canadian Banks, two US Banks and two European banks, one of which he was the VP of Western North America. Currently Chris is the Vice President Trade Canada for Global Transaction Solutions at RBC, facilitating international and domestic trade finance requirements on behalf of clients.
Chris is a Partner with Deloitte’s Corporate Advisory team focused on large multinational corporations. Within Deloitte, he is a leader for global compliance and reporting and sits on the National IFRS Consultation group. He is fully qualified to provide advice on the application of US GAAP. Chris joined Deloitte in 2001 with a focus on the Mining, Financial Institution, and Real Estate sectors. After spending three years working at the Alberta practice, he returned to Vancouver. He brings over 20 years of experience in both public practice and industry where he has continuously dealt with global tax compliance management and reporting. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was the Director of Tax for Intrawest Corporation, a Canadian multinational corporation. As the Director of Tax he was responsible for the management and coordination of the global tax function.
Clark Roberts is the President and Chief Executive Officer at AdvantageBC. Previously, Mr. Roberts was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of International Trade for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, where he was responsible for the Asia-Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. Before joining the BC Government, Mr. Roberts was Chief Representative of the Beijing office of Canadian law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, where he focused on energy, mining, financial services and clean technology. Roberts was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Government of British Columbia, and was admitted to the rolls as a solicitor (non-practicing) in England and Wales.
Colin Hansen is the Past President of AdvantageBC. He is also the Founding Partner of Image Group, BC’s largest promotional products company. In 1996, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative. He serves on several not-for-profit boards including Arthritis Research Canada, the Fraser Basin Council, Canada-Japan Society of BC, Jack Austin School of Asia Pacific Studies at SFU and the China Council at UBC. In addition, he is past chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation (a provincial crown corporation). Before politics, he was the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Dalbir Rai is a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young’s Vancouver office and has over 30 years of tax experience focused on large public and private corporations with international operations. Dalbir has received a broad exposure to the regimes of taxation in other jurisdictions through international tax planning assignments. He provides innovative and cost-efficient strategies for taxation and business issues faced by Canadian corporations in a global framework and by non-residents carrying on business in Canada.
David Price is the Regional Head of Business Development, Global Trade & Receivables Finance – Western Canada at HSBC. David began his career with HSBC in 2010 after moving to Canada from London, UK. He has spent this time working as a corporate banking relationship manager before moving to head up the Western Canadian trade finance group in late 2016. His primary focus is on international trade finance, commodities and structured working capital solutions. David graduated from the University of Bath with a Bachelors of Science in Biology as well as various finance qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, the London Institute of Banking & Finance and the Canadian Securities Institute.
Don Cromar is a Senior Vice President & Director of PI Financial Corp. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee with specific responsibility for the management, supervision, recruitment and business development of the Private Client Services division. In addition, he is licensed as a Portfolio Manager for securities; derivatives; and carries a life, accident and sickness insurance license through PI Financial Services Corp. Don is a graduate of the University of Toronto, is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). He has previously served as a member of the Pacific District Council of the Investment Dealers Association and the BC Committee of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC).
Grant Russell is a partner at KPMG Tax Law LLP. Grant brings 15 years experience of advising clients on all matters related to income tax, including private and public corporate tax planning, corporate reorganizations, personal and estate tax planning, domestic trust planning, purchase and sale transactions, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit and charitable organizations, shareholder and partnership issues, negotiations and dispute resolution with the Canada Revenue Agency, and offshore/international tax planning. Grant is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and a board member of the Federated Press International Tax Planning journal. He was admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia in 2002.
Managing Director of Comfort Maple Aging innovation Inc.Mr. Shi was born in Shanghai and raised in Beijing and has been working in the financial sector for morethan 25 years. After graduation from Tsinghua University, Hao worked for Bank of China in Beijing as team leader ofSWIFT project. In late 90s, Hao worked for the Bank of Montreal in Toronto after he graduated from UBC,then First Union/Wachovia in Charlotte, North Carolina in commercial and retail banking. In 2005, hemoved back to Asia and was managing director of retail banking, product and operation for ChinaMinsheng Bank and later head of investor solutions for China at Barclays Capital. In 2009, he wasappointed as deputy General Manager for the investment banking department of Agricultural Bank ofChina (ABC). In 2012, he moved his family back to Canada to open ABC’s first Canadian office inVancouver due to his love for the city and Canada. Mr. Shi was a member of board of governors withBusiness Council of BC from 2014-2018. Now he is passionate about promoting Canadian senior serviceexpertise in China. Hao is also an active UBC alumnus and a member of the UBC Alumni Advisory Council since 2013. Hereceived a Master of Engineer in Computer Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Master ofScience in Computer Science from UBC.
Jennifer Guo (Guo Lihua) is currently the Senior Branch Manager of Bank of China (Canada) Vancouver Branch. Jennifer was internally transferred to Vancouver Branch from the Bank of China Group Head Office in Beijing in Nov. 2015. She was the Head of Correspondent Banking Relationship in Bank of China Beijing Head Quarter where she was in charge of developing and exploring the extensive business cooperation between the Bank and the financial institutions in Europe and Americas. Before that, Jennifer was the Senior Manager in the Olympic Affairs Dept. of Bank of China H.O., mainly in charge of the Olympic Marketing business since the Bank was the official banking partner of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Jennifer received the Master Degree on English Language and Literature in Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute and the Bachelor Degree in Economics in Wuhan University in Central China.
John R. Henderson is the past Mayor of the District of Sechelt and the Founder and Managing Director of The Pacific Rim Group. A Fellow Chartered Accountant, businessman and entrepreneur, John lived and worked in Hong Kong for 20 years before choosing to move to Sechelt. He served the community of Sechelt as the volunteer Chair of the Sechelt Sewage Facilities Commission and Chair of the Board and President of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. He previously served as a director of the B.C. Ferries, is an executive-in-residence to the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and a member of the Board of the Islands Coastal Economic Trust. John holds a B. Comm from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Melanie Clarance is CEO of Contessa Capital Canada Corporation, an Exempt Market Dealer, licensed by the BC Securities Commission. Melanie holds a degree in Science and Veterinary Medicine and was a practicing veterinarian for many years. She also ran the Vancouver office of Pictet, a prestigious Swiss Private Bank for many years. Melanie holds the Certified investment Manager and the Fellow of the Securities Institute designations. She currently specializes in venture capital financing for commercialized, highly competitive and patented “impact investment” companies. Melanie blends her love of science and medicine by specializing in financing promising companies in the medical devices, life sciences or clean tech companies’ space.
Victor Tsao is the Vancouver Office Managing Partner of DS Avocats, an international law firm headquartered in Paris, France, and sits on the firm’s Management Committee. Victor is also a registered trademarks agent and a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Victor is fluent in Mandarin Chinese as well as Japanese. He was born and raised in China and later lived and studied in Japan before relocating to Canada. Prior to beginning his legal career, Victor was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded an information technology consulting firm, a software development company, and a real estate leasing and management business.
Victor is an active member of the Chinese community, he was a columnist writing for North America’s largest circulating Chinese language newspaper, the World Journal, discussing various legal issues faced by Chinese immigrants.
Victor is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Communications, Arts, and Technology. He is also the President of Canada Sports and Culture Foundation, Vice President of Canada China Sports Foundation; and a board member of Canada China Enterprises Association. Victor is also an advisory board member of Canada China Business Council.