The Shenzhen Investing in North American Innovation Conference 2018 will connect global innovative companies with the growing opportunities presented by China’s growing capital markets and vast economy.
With the PRC’s goal of transforming southern China into a global technology centre, Chinese firms have been empowered and encouraged to invest in foreign innovation. Bring your team to China to present and network with Chinese industry and institutional investors focused on outbound investments, licensing and partnering opportunities.
Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou
British Columbia International Trade and Investment Office South China
Gilbert has over 18 years of experience in the investor relations industry with a focus on natural resources. In addition, Gilbert has established a broad network of business relationships within the financial and investment communities in both North America and China. Gilbert's expertise and experience has led to a strong following in the Chinese speaking investor community in Canada. In recent years, Gilbert has become frequent speaker and interviewee on mining topics for numerous media outlets, including the Financial Post, Wall Street Journal, Vancouver Sun, OMNI TV, and other industry publications.
After having earned a MBA from the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain, Tom established a trading company for the sourcing of industrial products. Tom was previously posted to the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, and is currently the Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General in Guangzhou.
Galahad Gao joined the British Columbia Trade and Investment Office in Guangzhou in March 2012. He assumed the responsibility as Education Marketing Manager since March 2014. From 2016, he was appointed Business Director and assumed responsibilities for promoting trade and investment opportunities in Information and Communications Technology, Construction and Forestry sectors.
Galahad supports the mandates to build the Province of British Columbia as the newest and most exciting tech and innovation hub in North America. By organizing trade missions to and from B.C., he helps companies from both South China and B.C. identify trade and investment opportunities in their sectors. With abundant experience in Real Estates and Construction sector in South China region, Galahad also assists B.C. Architecture Firms, Design Studios, Wood Exporters and Recreational companies in establishing business presence and project match-making in South China.
Prior to joining British Columbia Trade and Investment Office, Galahad served as Sales Engineer in Xiamen Hualian Electronics Co., Ltd. for 2 years, mainly in charge of export business to the markets in Australia, Brazil, Israel and North America.
Galahad holds an M.Sc. of Information and Intelligence Engineering and a bachelor’s degree of Electronic and Communication Engineering from the University of Liverpool in United Kingdom.
Francis Marsais, Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, was the Managing Director of the Institut de Recherche en Chimie Organique Fine (IRCOF) from 1997 to 2010. He was also the director in charge of Partnerships at INSA, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, a major French academic engineer and research institute, from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Marsais has published over 120 official articles and holds 3 patents.
As CEO and President of RepliCel, Lee has redefined the Vancouver-based company through multiple financings, a stock reorganization, and two strategic partnerships. Under his leadership, RepliCel is emerging as one of Canada’s maturing biotech stories and a leader in the use of cells for aesthetic and orthopedic uses. Lee was an Executive Director of the International Society for Cellular Therapy at Malachite Management in the Stem Cell Technologies group of companies. He then served as Director of Business Development for Progenitor Cell Therapy (now part of Hitachi Chemical Advanced Therapeutics Solutions, LLC). Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Law Degree, is a published author, commentator and speaker.
Started to design computers in 1977 Douglas has over 30 years of diverse experience in medical and artificial intelligence technology companies. Earlier at Xinex Labs Inc., he designed and built a series of packed voice phone and modems (VoIP) and successfully public exited the company with significant financial gain.
In addition Douglas held design engineering & CEO position at Icron Technologies developing and launching the first high performance extended range PC USB. Prior to Appairy Medical Inc., he developed innovative medical device products including Exoskeleton, Alzheimer’s Cognitive SW and ECG Combo-sensor. Douglas attended computer science and computer software from University of British Columbia-UBC.
Rick served as CFO of Hanwei Energy Services corporation (TSX: HE). Rick has also supervised all aspects of accounting for various subsidiary companies in Canada, China, and Kazakhstan and consolidations under IFRS. With 12 years of CFO experience, he has led various public equity financing projects raising funds of up to $80 million and leading investments of up to $30 million. Rick also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Datable Technology Corp. (TSXV: TTM). Rick is CPA designated and active, graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and obtained his MBA Degree from the University of Western Ontario, the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Mr. Arsenault is CEO of Effenco, which he started back in 2006 as a spinoff of his university’s postgraduate studies. With a previous background in aerospace, working for jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Witney, he now has more than 12 years of management experience with Effenco, where he led the company to its current envious position as a world leader in heavy-duty vehicle electrification.
Poya Haghnegahdar is a highly successful entrepreneur who has started 2 flourishing tech companies. After graduating from one of the top 5 universities in Canada with a PHD in Quantum Physics, Poya set his sights on figuring out how to use advanced technology to brick-and-mortar retailers compete with their online counterparts. After numerous breakthroughs on this front, Poya created FIND, a Vancouver-based tech startup whose primary focus is using proprietary AI and machine learning to take the guesswork out of marketing in the retail world.
Joel Steinberg is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years' experience building, operating and advising rapid growth enterprises. He has significant operational, financing and M&A experience. Joel has raised over $12 million for Navigate Surgical while positioning the Company to develop multiple medical and dental applications for its core technology.
Over 18 years’ experience in Capital Markets, including being a licensed Investment Advisor in the US and Canada. As the Head Trader at several Canadian Investment banks, he had a demonstrated history of improving liquidity for companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”). During his 9 years with Institutional markets, he successfully raised over C$60 Million in capital through equity and debenture private placements, and from seed rounds to IPO’s. Through this, he has strong relationships with Institutional Asset Managers, as well as High Net Worth Wealth Management teams at the major Canadian Banks.
Being a serial entrepreneur and visionary, Chris founded a number of diverse companies solving problems in challenging markets which included financial, E-Commerce, telecommunications and software solutions. Successful exits of two companies, both to JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) companies in 1995 and 2005.
Gaining experience in Smart Cities and IoT technologies and the role blockchain applications have to play, Chris with his partners co-founded Bloxsar Tech Ventures Inc. to develop blockchain solution on a global scale to solve tomorrows challenges. Bloxsar is a 360° Hybrid-Incubator for blockchain technology entrepreneurs, from inception to commercialization.
George Lawton oversees financial reporting and overall corporate operations for North America Home Finance Inc. His financial, accounting, and operational systems functions experience crosses a broad spectrum of technology and industrial companies. George’s tenure as a senior executive includes leading companies employing as many as 3,000 employees. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. George holds the designation of Chartered Professional Accountant.
Alzex is a collaboration of researchers, scientists, and investors that have developed and patented precision therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimers and other neurological diseases. Their North American headquarters is located in Vancouver B.C with their laboratories located in France.
Appairy Medical Inc. is a Canadian Technology Company based in Vancouver BC focused on improving outcomes by connecting populations at risk with non-invasive health monitoring. Founded in 2014; commenced development operations in early 2016, Appairy Medical (AMI) is a High-tech Company with a focus on deploying next-generation Artificial Intelligence services companioned with Medical bio-sensing vests.
Bloxsar Tech Ventures Inc. is a Canadian technology company based in Toronto, ON, Vancouver, BC and London, UK. The Company partners with founders of blockchain technology solutions that have the potential to become a global enterprise that fundamentally change future business.
Eastwood Bio-Medical is a Vancouver based company whose Eleotin® brand of products provide natural sourced solutions for metabolic syndromes such as blood glucose control, obesity, and hypertension. Eleotin® was initially developed by the scientists at the Julia McFarlane Diabetes Research Center (JMDRC) at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The JMDRC is a leader in research on the cause, cure, and prevention of Type I and Type II diabetes. The Canadian capital markets have recently taken notice of the company, with share prices rising from CAD$0.07 in January, 2018 to CAD$6.98 as of October 5, 2018.
Effenco was founded in 2006 by three ambitious engineers committed to bringing energy efficiency to vocational heavy vehicles, the transportation sector’s least efficient segment. Central to the design process was the collection of data from vehicles on which Effenco’s initial hybrid systems were deployed as well as hundreds of other candidate vehicles. Data centric design led the company to develop its flagship Effenco Stop-Start architecture designed to save fuel by maximizing the time a vehicle’s engine is turned off when it is immobile. Effenco develops the world’s most flexible and efficient heavy vehicle hybrid solutions to reduce fleet fuel costs and GHG emissions.
FIND Innovation Labs is a Vancouver, BC based technology company using powerful proprietary AI and machine learning to empower personalized shopping experiences for brick-and-mortar retailers in the apparel, accessory and lifestyle industries. FIND extends the reach of retailers with a custom branded mobile loyalty program that captures and analyses data so that retailers can create personalized experiences and deliver them directly to shoppers via their website, email and mobile application.
Business Location: Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Seoul
Current Shares Outstanding: 123,333,333
Graph Blockchain Limited provides leading-edge customized private blockchain solutions. Graph’s solution ensures all transactions are recorded, transparent and immutable, combined with the power of real time business intelligence and enterprise ready Database Management.
RepliCel is a regenerative medicine company focused on developing cell therapies for aesthetic and orthopedic conditions affecting what the Company believes is approximately one in three people in industrialized nations, including aging/sun-damaged skin, pattern baldness, and chronic tendon degeneration. These conditions, often associated with aging, are caused by a deficit of healthy cells required for normal tissue healing and function.
China’s incredible economic growth over the past few decades is due to new reform and opening-up policies. One of China’s major reforms included the establishment of Shenzhen as a special economic zone just four decades ago. In only a few decades, incentives for entrepreneurism and both domestic and foreign capital completely transformed the former rural fishing village into a major metropolis. In no time at all, the once fishing village is now the city with a sea of modern skyscrapers and the third richest city in China. Shenzhen is now regarded as China’ tech hub and known to many as China’s Silicon Valley. The city has over 1 million private companies and is home to tech giants including internet giant Tencent, carmaker BYD, and telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.
Shenzhen is a rising star in its own right, but it is also part of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), which is comprised of 11 cities that are part of a regional economic development plan focused on growing the region by leveraging their competitive advantages to complement each other. The GBA (often referred to by the Chinese as 9+2) consists of 9 mainland Chinese cities and two special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao. For example, Shenzhen takes advantage of its strength in technology and innovation, their next door neighbour Hong Kong, takes advantage of their leading international financial services experience, and cities like Dongguan and Guangzhou leverage their manufacturing skills. According to China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, the GBA is estimated to have a total economic output of USD $4.62 trillion which will make it the world’s largest bay, greater than both the Tokyo Bay Area and the New York bay Area.
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