Light Up Canada 150!!

Light Up Canada 150!!

Have you heard? It’s Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st  and we want all our friends in Taiwan to know!

Thanks to the great support from Taipei City Government, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is projecting the Canada 150 logo on the east-facing side of the Taipei City Government building on the evenings of June 30th and July 1 between  18:30 to 22:30.

Please join Canadian Representative Mario Ste-Marie and other VIPs at 19:00 on June 30th as they get set to light up Canada 150!

The first 25 people to arrive on-site wearing a red or white top, especially with a Canada logo on it, will receive a free battery-operated Canada150 hand-held fan. See you on Friday night!!

Canada 150 Lighting Ceremony

Venue: Taipei City Government East Gate Entrance (SongZhi Road side)

Time: 19:00, June 30 (Friday)

CCCT Business Lunch: Clean Energy Roundtable – March 9, 2017

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Thank you for your interest. This event is obviously a hot topic and we regret to inform you that we have no space left. Now that we know how much interest we have in this subject, we will look at hosting another event shortly. Stay tuned.

The fight against climate change has seen huge growth in renewable energy over the past decade, both in developed countries and developing ones. In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen announced the country’s energy plan to phase out nuclear power plants and have an energy mix containing 50% natural gas, 30% coal and 20% renewable energy by 2025.

With this ambitious plan in place, renewable energy has gained its significance and momentum in Taiwan. It is thus our honour and privilege to welcome you to attend the CCCT Business Lunch: Clean Energy Roundtable as a DISCUSSANT on Thursday, 9 March, at the Grand Hyatt Taipei at 12pm.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT) jointly with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) and Northland Power are proud to present a business lunch with our special guest Mr. John Brace, the CEO of Northland Power, and his distinguished team.

We believe that your invaluable participation would further enhance mutual understanding on topics of global and regional concerns. We sincerely look forward to having you with us for the roundtable discussion on 9 March. Below are the details of the CCCT Business Lunch: Clean Energy Roundtable:

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Date: Thursday, 9 March, 2017
Time: 12pm-2pm
Venue: Drawing Room on Second Floor, the Grand Hyatt Taipei (2 SongShou Road, Taipei)

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CCCT’s Executive Secretary, Ms. Judy Chen at info@canchamtw.com

Yours sincerely,
The CCCT Team

2017 Annual General Meeting and New Year Party

Dear Members and Friends of Canada,

The Board of Directors and staff of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT) would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2017!

We are pleased to announce that the CCCT will be holding the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 19th. It is our honor to extend an invitation to you to attend our AGM:

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Location: MacKay Room, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT); (6F, No.1 Songzhi Rd.)
Cost: Members-Free; Non-Members: NT $600 (Don’t worry, if you’re not a member yet, or if you need to renew, you can do so at the AGM!)

Register for the AGM here! 

We appreciate the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei for its continuing support to the CCCT and for hosting the CCCT’s AGM in their MacKay Room once again.

2016 has been an extraordinary year for the CCCT as we were able to continue to build our membership and to hold signature events with great success. The 2016 Celebration Canada was very well attended; and with strong support from the CTOT and the MacKay Memorial Hospital, the 2nd Annual MacKay Charity Gala — celebrated jointly with the CTOT’s 30th Anniversary — was a memorable evening for all of our guests.

The CCCT Small Business Committee and the Business Luncheon Committee continued to see strong growth. Looking into 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th Birthday, the CCCT is planning for more exciting events to celebrate this special year. The CCCT welcomes you to attend the AGM to find out more!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Celebration Canada volunteers—the event wouldn’t be successful without our great volunteers and countless hours of hard work!

Refreshment and drinks will be served. We hope all members and friends of the CCCT can come and join us!

We look forward to seeing you there. Please don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Register for the AGM here!


2017 Directors and Supervisors Nominations

**Note that the current CCCT Directors and Supervisors were voted into a two-year position by our members at our 2016 AGM when CCCT voting members approved the updates to the Articles of Association.

Directors

  1. Carrie Kellenberger, Reach To Teach Consultants
  2. Jenny Kuo, Joyear Construction
  3. Jean Christophe Guedon, HESS International
  4. John Kellenberger, Reach To Teach Consultants
  5. Anthony van Dyck, O3 Fitness Taiwan
  6. Miriam Smith, Dolls Model
  7. Shannon Watson. Quantum International
  8. Josh Yang, Able International

Supervisors

  1. David Bostwick, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
  2. Leo Seewald, Blackrock
  3. Kenny Peng, PE PharmEng International

Nominees

  1. Jenna Robinette, Meimeiwawa Multimedia
  2. Brandon Thompson, ADOGA
  3. Augustine Chen, JP Morgan

 


2016 CCCT Committees

Business Lunch Committee
Chair: Anthony van Dyck
Committee Members: David Bostwick, Shannon Watson, Augustine Chen

Celebration Canada Committee
Chair: Miriam Smith
Committee Members: David Bostwick, Anthony van Dyck, Leo Seewald, Carrie Kellenberger, Brandon Thompson, Steven Clark

Cemetery Committee
Co-Chairs: Anthony van Dyck and Pierre Loisel (Sr.)
Committee Members: Leo Seewald, Pierre Loisel Junior

Communication Committee
Chair: Carrie Kellenberger
Committee Members: Jenna Robinette, Anthony van Dyck, Augustine Chen

MacKay Gala Committee
Chair: Jean Christophe Guedon and Jenny Kuo
Committee Members: Carrie Kellenberger, David Bostwick, Leo Seewald, Shannon Watson, and Kenny Peng

Membership Committee
Chair: Jean Christophe Guedon and Shannon Watson
Committee Members: Carrie Kellenberger

Small Business Committee
Co-Chairs: John Kellenberger and Josh Yang
Committee Members: Carrie Kellenberger, Jenna Robinette,  Joe O’Brien, Sean M. King, Alex Chun-Long Chen

Dragons’ Chamber Taiwan
Chair: John Kellenberger
Committee Members: Carrie Kellenberger, Jenna Robinette, Elias Ek, Sean M. King, Alex Chun-Long Chen, Miriam Smith

 

2016 Pride Parade with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) is proudly marching in this year’s Taipei LGBT Pride Parade to celebrate our diversity. As a staunch supporter of the CTOT, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan will also be marching to show our support for the LGBTQ community in Taiwan and in Asia.

Taipei’s Gay Pride Parade is the largest Pride Parade in Asia, with thousands of supporters flying in from all over Asia to attend. This event attracts thousands of local supporters and guests from abroad each year. With close to 70,000 in attendance, Taipei’s Pride Parade serves as a colorful reminder to show respect for sexual diversity and equal rights to everyone.

The parade starts at the Presidential Building at Ketagalan Boulevard, and typically follows the same route each year. The whole event takes around two hours, so wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you.

To participate or for more information, please contact our Executive Secretary, Ms. Judy Chen at info@cancham.tw. 

 

MacKay Charity Gala

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan cordially invites you to attend our 

2nd Annual MacKay Charity Gala

Date: September 24, 2016

Time: 18:30-Midnight

Venue: The Grand Hyatt Hotel

Contact us by completing our Registration Form for this event.  

Table: NT$38,000
Individual seat (CCCT Member): NT$3,900
Individual seat (Non-member): NT$4,300


The annual MacKay Charity Gala is the largest formal event of the year hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan. The event is run in partnership with the MacKay Memorial Hospital and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei to raise money for the hospital.

It is a celebration of the strong links between Canada and Taiwan dating back more than 100 years when Dr. George Leslie MacKay first began his missionary work in Taiwan.

In 2015 more than 220 people joined the event which included wonderful food, live music, an opera performance and lots of new friends and memories.

In 2016, we expect the event to be even bigger as the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Come help us to celebrate this milestone with the Executive Director of the CTOT, Mario Ste-Marie along with many other representatives.

The MacKay Memorial Hospital is one of the most well-known and respected private hospitals in Taiwan. Its long standing service to the people of Taiwan have made it a great beneficiary.

Come out for a good cause. With your support the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will continue to be an active player in the Taiwan community.

Table: NT$38,000
Individual seat (CCCT Member): NT$3,900
Individual seat (Non-member): NT$4,300
Contact us by completing our Registration Form for this event. 

Are you interested in sponsoring our event? 

We are looking sponsors that would like to have their name associated with a high profile charity event. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please email us at info@cancham.tw. We look forward to hearing from you!

Event Recap: Celebration Canada 2016

Sometimes living abroad can be most challenging around holiday times. One cannot help but feel a longing for home life as they skim through pictures and read statuses from friends and families celebrating back home. Though pangs of homesickness set in most around holidays, expat communities in Taiwan help ease the agony of missing festivities back home.

In Taipei, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Canada Day celebration to give expats and travelers a chance to celebrate while also sharing Canadian traditions with the local Taiwanese community. This year, Celebration Canada was held on June 25th, 2016 at the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park from 1:00-9:00pm.

This year’s festivities included live music, a variety of local food and beverage vendors, a children’s activity center, an art corner, and even a bull-riding contest!

The CCCT also hosts a terrific raffle each year with all sorts of fun prices, including:

A round-trip ticket to Canada from EVA Air and China Airways, food coupons for Roots and Texas Roadhouse, hotel accommodations with Xitou Le Midi (米蒂亞套房雙人住宿券) and Zhongli Le Midi hotel accommodations (中壢米堤雙人住宿券), MacKay Charity Gala Tickets for two from the CCCT, Afternoon Tea for two at La Rotisserie, various items from Roots Taiwan, pearl bracelets from 引雅珠寶-珍珠手鍊, several bottles of Canadian red wine, various items from China Airlines, coupons from Alleycats Pizza, coupons from Carnegie’s Taiwan, coupons and coffee mugs from Campus Café, a number of Canada Beef Travel Kits, several coupons from The Diner, several packages of Canadian nougat, and three Le Midi Gift Bags.

The CCCT would like to thank our generous donators for our raffle prize. It gets bigger and better every year!

Celebration Canada 2016 - CCCT Reporter Caroline Hosey_2

Though the day started out cloudy and grey, the rain stayed away and everyone had a lovely time celebrating Canada! Many participants showed up in Red and White to show their Canadian pride! Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, music, and activities. Canada Day is a fantastic family affair, and it shouldn’t be missed by anyone traveling to Taipei in late June.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s event:

The diverse list of food vendors this year had something tasty for everyone!

Texas Roadhouse, a CCCT corporate sponsor, cooked up some smoky and delectable BBQ ribs and chicken. Mayur Indian Kitchen served up some tasty vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian options. Three Idiots Toast and Curry offered some wonderful vegetarian grilled cheese sandwiches and curries.

Maple Maple, a CCCT corporate sponsor, offered some typically delicious Canadian treats. Merkel and Meat Mate served up sausages all day long. Chelsea’s offered some delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, and Uncle Kunkel distributed some savory Tex Mex. Finally there was also a booth called Slyders selling sweet and tangy maple glazed pork sliders that absolutely hit the spot!

Celebration Canada 2016 - CCCT Reporter Caroline Hosey

This year the kid’s zone featured a bouncy castle and a blow up slide. There was also a face-painting booth and Canada-themed temporary tattoos so everyone could show their Canadian Pride! The children were grinning from ear to ear as they enjoyed all of the festivities!

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This year’s event would not be complete without the amazing lineup of bands. Nothing is better than dancing the day and night away to some fantastic live music.

We heard from Tony Taylor and the Rockits, Jesse Helton and The Green Machine, Pineapple Plaid, DC and the Funky Duds, Sam Lin, Red Cliff, and a special band that was organized just for Celebration Canada called the Canadian All-Stars! Many thanks to Brandon Thompson for organizing such an outstanding line-up of fantastic bands to entertain us throughout the day and evening.

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All day long, the bull riding machine had people lined up to try riding the longest in order to win the Grand Prize of a free ticket from Taipei to Canada. While some riders lacked the essential balance to ride more than a few seconds, a few skilled riders were able to hang on! This year’s lucky winner(s) were:

1st Place: Nick Coulson snatched up his grand prize with a whopping 95 seconds on the mechanical bull.

2nd Place: Jenna Robinette placed second with a very respectable 81-second ride. She took home a NT$1,000 coupon from Texas Roadhouse.

3rd Place: Tyler stayed on the mechanical bull for 70 seconds and took home a NT$1,000 coupon from Roots for his efforts.

Our bull-riding minors also took home prizes for showing their prowess on the mechanical bull. Natalie took home a NT$1,000 coupon from Texas Roadhouse for riding the bull for 164 seconds. Great job, eh!

We would like to thank EVA Air and China Airlines for offering two round-trip tickets for our mechanical bull prize and for our raffle prize.

Celebration Canada 2016 - CCCT Reporter Caroline Hosey_3

The success of Celebration Canada is all thanks to the participants from both the Taiwanese and foreign communities. Make sure to join us again next year for the 150th year celebration of Canada Day in Taiwan, which will be held on Canada Day, July 1, 2017.

CELEBRATION CANADA 2016

A FESTIVAL OF CANADIAN DELIGHTS IN TAIWAN

Celebration Canada is the largest foreign National Day celebration in Taiwan. Come out and enjoy our 11th Anniversary Celebration Canada.

CCCT’s Celebration Canada attracts thousands of visitors each year. You don’t need to be Canadian to enjoy Celebration Canada. People of all nationalities are invited to join in and help us commemorate Canada Day, which occurs on July 1st each year in Canada.

Celebration Canada is a FREE full-day festival that offers a diverse range of live entertainment, delicious ethnic and regional food, and multi-cultural activities for participants of all ages and nationalities.

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Event Recap: CCCT’s 1st Annual MacKay Charity Gala

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT), in partnership with MacKay Memorial Hospital and in cooperation with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei | 加拿大駐台北貿易辦事處 (CTOT), hosted our first Annual MacKay Charity Gala to benefit the MacKay Children’s Hospital.

MacKay Charity Gala 2015

The MacKay Charity Gala also honours 145 years of healthcare and welfare partnership between Canada and Taiwan. With the success of this year’s MacKay Charity Gala event, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT) has provided additional funding to the MacKay Children’s Hospital. Your generosity has provided Taiwanese children in need with high-quality medical support and care.

We are very pleased to announce that we raised more than $10,000CDN for the Children’s Ward at MacKay Memorial Hospital.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce would like to express our gratitude to you for your support of our first MacKay Charity Gala. It is only because of your support that we were able to host such a successful event and make such a significant donation to the Children’s Wing of the Mackay Memorial Hospital.

The Seewalds

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to MacKay Memorial Hospital and to Dr Yang, as well as

Our Gold Sponsor

FemtoPath HongJing 弘晉有限公司

Our Silver Sponsors

Asclepiumm 艾斯克立必恩
Fortune Medical 富強醫材
HAN
AP Bio 亞力生醫

Thank you to our Silent Auction providers:

Special thanks to:

  • Dr. Kuo for the use of his artwork
  • JDT International
  • National Taiwan College of Performing Arts 臺灣戲曲學院
  • MacKay Gentlemen’s Quartet
  • and to the CCCT MacKay Charity Gala Committee and Vanessa van Dyck for their hard work and dedication to making this event a success!

Facebook – CCCT’s Mackay Charity Gala Gallery on Facebook for more photos.

Photos by Antonin Lee Photography

2015 Remembrance Event in Taiwan

From August 1942 until September 1945, more than 4350 Allied prisoners of war were held in 14 POW camps on the island of Taiwan. They suffered terribly at the hands of their Japanese captors and more than 10% of the POWs died. In 1997, the Kinkaseki / Taiwan Prisoner of War Memorial at Jinguashi was built and dedicated, and every year since then a Remembrance Day service has been held on the site of the old POW camp.

The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society with assistance from the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is holding the annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday November 15th. This year we will have one former Taiwan POW returning for this special 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII event.

The Remembrance Day service takes place at 11:00 am on the site of the former Kinkaseki POW Camp in the village of Jinguashi. Following the service, everyone is invited to join together for a picnic lunch in the community center.POW Rememberence

Chartered buses will depart from the east side of the Grand Hyatt Hotel – #2 SongShou Road – sharp at 9:15am, and will leave Jinguashi for Taipei around 2 pm. The cost for the bus and lunch is NT$400 and reservations are required.

Reservations for the Remembrance Day event can be made by contacting Tina Wu at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei – Tel: 02-8723-3031 or email to: tina.wu@international.gc.ca.

Please book early to ensure you have a place on the bus. The deadline for the bus reservations is 5pm Wednesday, November 11th.

It is highly recommended that the bus transportation provided be used, as there is no parking for private vehicles at the site, special vehicle permits are required for access to the park on weekends, and we cannot be responsible for anyone getting lost on the way or being late for the service, if going by private vehicle.

We would appreciate it however if those who wish to go on their own would kindly also contact Tina to let her know, so that enough seating, programs and food can be prepared.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this year’s special events and we hope that many will come out to remember and honour the men to whom we owe a debt that can never be repaid.

For more information about the Remembrance Weekend events, please visit the Society website at: www.powtaiwan.org

Reservations are to be made with Tina only.
+886 2 8723 3031
tina.wu@international.gc.ca

Setting Up An Import/Export Business in Taiwan

The CCCT’s Small Business Network organized an event at Whalen’s called Setting Up An Import/Export Business in Taiwan.

We had three guest speakers come in and talk about working in the import/export business in Taiwan.Whalens Poutinerie

Our first speaker was Mr. Tom Cumming, Deputy Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. Tom talking about how the Canadian government can assist you with your import/export questions.

Next, Mrs. Courtney Cruzan, Marketing Manager for Hermin Textiles Co., Ltd. spoke about her role in international client and product development for the apparel and fashion industry. She spoke on the following topics:

  • Textile Industry International Marketing & Client Development
  • Building quality perception of Taiwanese textiles so we can demand a higher value price
  • Convincing brands we are design driven with the newest applied available technologies
  • Adapting and changing quickly for market conditions/ demands/ product expectations

Our next speaker was Mr. T. Runcie, Managing Director, Synergy Whisky Consortium Inc. Mr. Runcie spoke about importing Canadian fruit into Taiwan.

Finally, Mr. Josh Hon, CEO of Tern Bicycles, treated us to a great presentation about the basics in exporting in Taiwan. Josh talked about how his business exports folding bicycles.

CCCT Import:Export

CCCT Import:Export Talk