Happy New Year! 新年快乐!Last year, CCIN made its grand debut. Our launch event – the Pitch! China Competition – was a huge success with more than 200 government and business leaders in attendance. Press coverage can be found here.

CCIN Director, Kailin Che and CCIN Advisor, Dr. Tiberghien welcome guests to the conference.
CCIN Advisor, Dr. Tiberghien welcome guests to the conference.
CCIN Launch Conference
CCIN with leaders of China’s economic and tech zones.

Hosted at the Canada-China Trade & Investment Conference in collaboration with the BC-Jiangsu Business Council, Pitch! China featured 7 finalists who presented to a panel of experienced judges including: Tang Dajun (Director of Jiangsu Ministry of Commerce); Gary Powroznik (Founder of G-Force Group), Lisa Payne (CFO at MineSense Technologies Ltd.), Alice Chen (Deals Advisor, China Business Network at PWC) and senior leaders from China’s Investment Bureaus, and high tech industrial parks.

The event also featured an insightful panel on cross-border trade, investment and innovation moderated by CCIN Advisor, Dr. Yves Tiberghien (Director, Institute of Asian Research). Panelists included: Tang Dajun, (Director, Jiangsu Ministry of Commerce), CCIN Director, Andre Garber (Director, Dentons Canada Startup Program), Colin Metcalfe (VP Corporate Affairs, Ridley Terminal), Jiang Wei (Deputy Director, Nanjing Economic & Tech Development Zone) and David Brett (President & CEO, EnGold Mines Ltd.).

Panelists explore cross-border opportunities across sectors with a focus on technology.
Panelists explore cross-border opportunities and technological developments in various sectors including clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and mining.
Sen. Yonah Martin provides opening remarks
CCIN Honourary Chair, Hon. Senator Yonah Martin helps kick-off the Pitch! China Competition.
NanoOne pitches at CCIN
Dan Blondal, CEO of NanoOne Materials Corp. delivers the winning pitch.

The competition was fierce but ultimately, NanoOne Materials Corp. took home the prize – a 3 day trip to China with organized meetings. The visit took place in November 2016 where CCIN’s Executive Director and NanoOne’s CEO travelled across Jiangsu and Chonqing to meet key investors, government leaders and leading companies in the automobile and battery space.

Meeting and tour at new factory by producers of electronic Hummer in China.
Meeting and tour of new factory by Hummer China producers.
Meeting and tour of LerriSolar facility
Meeting and tour of LerriSolar’s facility.
Roundtable meetings with industry and government leaders and investors in ChongQing.
More meetings and presentations in Jiangsu.
More meetings and presentations in Jiangsu.

After a successful launch in September 2016, CCIN is looking forward to a fruitful 2017 ahead. Exciting initiatives are in the pipeline – join our newsletter here to stay up-to-date on upcoming opportunities.

For more information on how to access the Chinese market or to join CCIN, please contact us at quentin@ccinetwork.ca