DATE: Thursday, October 15, 2020

TIME: 2:00pm – 5:30pm EDT
WHERE: Event hosted on hopin
Recording videos:
Main Stage

Breakout sessions:

The ACCE Virtual Forum is the first event to be presented under our new “ACCESS” sub-brand for digital program delivery.
This will be a groundbreaking national event delivered through the hopin platform. The roster of speakers consists of five heavyweight Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs from across Canada who will be sharing their own stories of COVID pivot and transition.
Our keynote speaker is Bruce Poon Tip of Ontario. He is the founder of global tourism operator, G Adventures. Bruce is also the author of “Unlearn – The Year the Earth Stood Still”, a book about the future of travel and tourism in light of COVID.
Our discussion panel discussion is stacked with four past ACCE Award winners: Graham Lee of GSL Holdings in British Columbia, Toby Chu of CIBT Education Group Inc. in British Columbia, Kit Poon of Mint Health+Drugs in Alberta, and Stephan Chan of Dapasoft in Ontario; and will be moderated by Karen Nguyen of Rogers Communications.
Attendees will then have a choice of breakout rooms in two back-to-back sessions: RBC or the City of Markham for session one; then Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Toronto) or Google | Asian Google Network for session two.
The event will wrap up with randomly matched one-on-one speed networking in virtual networking rooms through the hopin platform.
Main Stage:
2:00 – 2:15pm – Welcome Remarks
(5 minutes break)
2:20 – 2:40pm – Keynote Speech
Bruce Poon TipFounder of G Adventures | Winner of the 2007 ACCE Entrepreneur of the Year Award
(5 minutes break)
2:45 – 3:20pm – Panel discussions
Graham LeePresident and CEO of GSL Holdings | Winner of the 2019 ACCE Entrepreneur of the Year Award;
Toby ChuChairman, President and CEO of CIBT Education Group Inc. | Winner of the 2015 ACCE Entrepreneur of the Year Award;
Kit PoonCo-founder of Mint Health+Drugs | Winner of the 2019 ACCE Best Community Service Award;
Stephen ChanFounder and CEO of Dapasoft Inc. | Winner of the 2011 Most Innovative Award
Moderator: Karen Nguyen of Rogers Communications
(5 minutes break)
Breakout Sessions:
3:25 – 3:50pm (Room A)
Topic: – Beyond Banking – Supporting Business to Thrive in the Post-Covid world
• Growing your business through navigate global markets, leveraging the online platform that access to an exclusive network of international partners
• How tech adoption help business thrive through RBC innovative digital program that gain access to digital technologies, adapt to rapid change and take advantage of the opportunities that are developing in the age of digital business
Rebecca PangVice President, Commercial Financial Services, Royal Bank of Canada
Sean FurnissDirector, Global Solutions, Royal Bank of Canada
3:25 – 3:50pm (Room B)
Topic: – Tech Undivided – The Path to Thriving in Canada’s Tech Ecosystem
Markham is where technology and diversity converge. Markham based innovation centre ventureLAB has launched the Tech Undivided program aimed at creating an inclusive tech ecosystem by inspiring female-led tech companies to scale their businesses and compete globally. Join us to hear directly from some of these bold and visionary founders on their journey and what it takes to thrive in these unprecedented times.
Keren Moynihan, Co-Founder & CEO, Boss Insights
Yvonne Lau, Founder, Retainify Technology Inc.
Moderator: Harman Grewal, Director, Partnership Operations, ventureLAB
(5 minutes break)
3:55 – 4:20pm (Room A)
– Opportunities for Canadian Businesses in the Greater Bay Area using Hong Kong as a hub
– Leveraging the Past into Present – Revitalising Hong Kong with new growth trends by business sector
Christopher Chen, Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong (Canada)
3:55 – 4:20pm (Room B)
Topic: – Leading through COVID: Top tips from Google to virtually manage high performing teams and build team culture 
In a virtual world, how can you effectively communicate with your team, maintain productivity and morale, and foster strong employee relationships?  Chris Chan and Elana Chan, two people managers at Google Canada, will share how Google has pivoted their approach and answer questions about their personal experience leading teams at Google through these unprecedented times.  
Chris Chan, Head of Industry, Retail, Google Canada
Elana Chan, Head of Ads Marketing & Think with Google
4:20 – 5:30pm
– Networking (one–to-one automatic “match-up” virtual networking rooms)


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