CanCham Thailand

Board Members of 2018 / 2019

Back Row: Kelly Cailes, , Lawrence Cordes (Secretary), John Stevens (President), Derek van Pelt (Vice President), Dan McKay (Treasurer)

Seated: Natasak Rodjanapiches, Ron Livingston, Rose Swagemakers, Surachit Chanovan, , Caroline Kwan, David Beckstead (Vice President), Dean Outerson

Not Pictured: Sunny Patel, Peter Baines, John Casella, , Sean Brady (Advisor), Yvonne Chin (Advisor), Don Lavoie (Advisor),
Peter van Haren, (Advisor), 
Joni Simpson (Advisor), Marisha Shibuya (Advisor) and Don Lavoie (Advisor)

Executive Board:

  1. John Stevens, President
  2. David Beckstead, Vice President
  3. Derek van Pelt, Vice President
  4. Dan McKay, Treasurer
  5. Lawrance Cordes, Secretary


Board Members:

  1. Caroline Kwan
  2. Dean Outerson
  3. John Casella
  4. Natasak Rodjanapiches
  5. Ron Livingston
  6. Sunny Patel
  7. Surachit Chanonvan


Honorary Board Advisors:

  1. Don Lavoie
  2. Gabriel Laflamme
  3. Michel Belanger
  4. Peter van Haren



  1. Claudia Anghel
  2. Joni Simpson
  3. Marisha Shibuya
  4. Nahathai Thewphaingarm
  5. Peter Baines
  6. Yvonne Chin



Board Members



John Stevens, President
Managing Partner, Stonelotus Ventures

John Stevens is a Canadian entrepreneur living in Bangkok with business interests in Asia Pacific. John is Managing Partner of Stonelotus Ventures – which provides angel investment and strategic support to early stage businesses in Southeast Asia. Since 2011, the group has funded and provides ongoing management support for several investee companies. John’s key areas of expertise include deal origination, fundraising, strategy, marketing and investor relations.
Formerly, John was Founder and Managing Director of Rabbit Rewards – the loyalty and membership program for Rabbit Card – Thailand’s leading mass transit and retail smartcard under BTS Group.
Prior to Rabbit Rewards, John was Founder and MD of POV Media Group – a leading media company headquartered in Thailand which operates one of the largest digital out of home advertising networks in the country. John sold POV to VGI Global Media PCL in 2009.
John is a Vancouverite by birth and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He later attended the Asia Pacific Management Cooperative Program at Capilano College which led to his post-graduate degree and internship at the Embassy of Canada in Bangkok.
John has served on the board of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce from 1999 to 2005 and from 2010 to present. He has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and is active in organizing several Chamber events and leading a number of marketing initiatives.

Derek van Pelt, Vice President

Partner & Director, Smiling Albino Co., Ltd

 Derek van Pelt has been in the Kingdom of Thailand since 1997 when he came to work for the Thai Royal Family at Chitralada Palace School for a year.
Mr. van Pelt is currently a Partner & Director in Smiling Albino Ltd. His prior work experience also includes working for as well as starting and subsequently selling Datcorp Co. Ltd.
Mr. van Pelt joined the CanCham Thailand Board in 2010 and was previously a past Vice President. He is frequently seen at CanCham Thailand events either behind the scenes or behind the microphone. He looks forward to continuing his work with, and support of, the Canadian community in Thailand.


David Beckstead, Vice President

Consultant, Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

David Beckstead is a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group. With an emphasis on asset-based finance and project finance, David’s practice is focused on representing both lenders and borrowers in cross-border lending in the oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, and manufacturing sectors. David has also advised on numerous complex commercial transactions such as cross-border M&As, loan portfolio acquisitions, and joint ventures. Through his professional experience in multiple Asian jurisdictions, David is adept at utilizing both traditional and unconventional legal tools to protect his clients’ interests.
David obtained a law degree at Kobe University in Japan. He completed a joint common law and civil law degree at McGill University in Canada, where he also received his master’s degree. Having studied law and lived in Japan for more than five years, David is able to write and speak fluently in Japanese. He is also fluent in French. David is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Dan Mckay, Treasurer

Director, Stonelotus Ventures

Beginning in 1998, Dan McKay spent 10 years in Thailand with the Churchill Pryce Group working in corporate financial advisory, with a focus on debt restructuring and boutique M&A. He managed a team of 30 advisory staff (ex-patriots & Thai nationals), completing financial restructures carrying over USD 625 million of debt. Industries covered included: petroleum, property development, manufacturing, agriculture, and media.
After returning to Canada with SGS for 7 years, Dan returned to Thailand to focus on investing in, and working with, early-stage businesses. As a director of Stonelotus Ventures, Dan assists businesses in raising capital, setting strategy, and implementing business management systems.
Since 1999 Dan has been actively involved as an advisor with Thammasat University’s Masters in International Marketing (MIM) programme, mentoring graduate student teams on developing comprehensive business plans built around new products and services. From his arrival in Thailand in 1998 until his return to Canada, Dan was an active volunteer with the CanCham. He has rekindled his involvement with the chamber since returning to Thailand in late 2015, serving as an advisor to the Board throughou


Lawrence Cordes, Secretary

Director, South East Asia Centre

Lawrence has been in Thailand for over 16 year in hotel/restaurant operations, F&B management within 5 star Hotels such as ACCOR, Toscana Valley Hotels, Six Senses Resorts and Spa’s, Pacific City Club private business club, Aldama Foods group of restaurants and most recently at SEAC, South East Asia Center, professional business development and education centre in association with Stanford University.
Lawrence grew up in one of Vancouver’s finest French eating establishments offering him a good jump start in his career in the hospitality business. Under his father’s tutelage and culinary schooling, this provided a solid base to learn these important hospitality management skills at an early age.
Lawrence is married to Maneeon (Bow) for 14 years whom owns and operates two campuses of International Montessori Kindergartens. Lawrence and Bow have a son, Luc 9 and daughter Celicia 10.


Board Members

Caroline Kwan

Vice President, Corporate Solutions, MBMG-Group

After over 20 years of specialization in Start-up operations, Aviation expertise, Marketing, Investment and Customer Service principles, Caroline recently joined the MBMG’s Corporate Solutions team to provide corporate advice, investment advice and facilitates strategic business transactions on behalf of a wide range of clients in South-East Asia and further field.
Her career history includes practical knowledge at identifying and capturing new business opportunities, sales & marketing, contract negotiation and project management.
Notable achievements include successfully started-up new operations for a then US Fortune 500 company at Macau International Airport – Passenger Service Operations as well as setting up the first Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong for the world’s largest philatelic agency with headquarters in New York and formulated marketing strategies to promote public interest in postage stamps and other philatelic products issued on behalf of more than 70 countries around the world.
Caroline was born in the UK, grew up in Canada (Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto). She studied and worked in the United States before being dispatched as an expatriate to Macau and Hong Kong. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and is very active within the Hong Kong community in Bangkok.

Dean Outerson

Head of Marketing & Communications, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University

Dean Outerson has worked in Thailand for the past 11 years and has 27 years experience living and working in Asia, having previously lived in Japan and Indonesia. Currently, he is Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s first internationally accredited business school. Dean heads the team that handles the marketing and recruiting efforts of the graduate business school.
In his previous position as Director of Publications/Managing Editor at Veritas Graphics, he worked closely for a number of years with the British Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber, and the New Zealand Chamber on their publications. He has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South since 2007 and has served on the Board of Directors seven out of the past nine years. He has a background in writing, editing, and journalism and has a keen interest in digital marketing and social media, education, literature and history.
Born in Tillsonburg Ontario, his family moved to Florida when he was 10 years old, and he graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1990. He grew up playing hockey and soccer, and briefly played in the hockey league in Bangkok, until an injury forced him to retire from the game. He is a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and an optimistic Arsenal fan.

John Casella

Managing Partner, PKF Tax and Consulting Services (Thailand) Ltd.

Mr. John Casella has more than 20 years of professional experience in accounting, consulting and management positions for a wide range of companies and projects in S.E. Asia and North America. John is the Managing Partner at PKF Tax and Consulting Services (Thailand) Limited where he has successfully built a strong team over the past 5 years providing a broad range of expertise, including: taxation compliance and tax consulting services, outsourced accounting and payroll, corporate legal support, and risk management services. During the last year, John has also opened PKF Audit (Thailand) Ltd. offering audit and assurance services to foreign and local clients alike. Previously, John spent 10 years providing corporate advisory services for Churchill Pryce Capital throughout SE Asia, including corporate debt restructuring, operational consulting, M&A due diligence, business valuation, etc.
Before that, John worked as Operations Analyst in the corporate head-office of the Dusit Group in Bangkok. John started his career with 4 years as a financial audit for Arthur Andersen at their Canadian head-office in Toronto. John earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He holds an active license as a Certified Public Accountant in the USA and is an active Certified Management Accountant in Canada.
John is a member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South. He is also an active member of the Bangkok Flying Farangs and Thai Stix hockey teams. John is a former CanCham Thailand President and CanCham Thailand Treasurer.

Natasak Rodjanapiches

Managing Director, Oracle Corporations (Thailand)

Natasak Rodjanapiches is the Managing Director for Oracle Corporations(Thailand). He has an overall responsibility for Thailand operations including Sales, Alliance & Channels, Marketing, Technical Support, Education and Consulting. He holds this post since 1997.

In addition, between 2007-2010 he has dual responsibilities as Regional Managing Director covering Asean countries including Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and their related countries, Vietnam and their surrounding countries. All Managing Directors for these countries reported to him.

Prior to Oracle, Mr. Rodjanapiches was at Tandem Computer International Incorporated. As Regional Director for Tandem’s Thailand, Vietnam and Laos operations, he was responsible for strategic planning, sales and support for all Tandem products and services.

Ron Livingston

President & CEO, International Environmental Management Co. Ltd.

Ron Livingston has more than 30 years of professional experience in the management of natural resources. He holds a B.Sc. and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba.
Mr. Livingston is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of International Environmental Management, which has offices in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Mr. Livingston is also Chairman of Oxigon, a software company that specializes in Health Care and Banking Solutions. Mr. Livingston is a former Vice-Chairman and Director of the Board of Trade of Thailand and a past president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.
Mr. Livingston has served on the CanCham Board for the past 25 years. Before coming to Thailand, Mr. Livingston was an ADM/Director of the Department of Renewable Resources and Environment with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Livingston has a daughter (Grace) and son (David) currently studying at UBC in Vancouver. Mr. Livingston is a Master in Taekwondo and a Rotarian. Mr. Livingston is a strong supporter of sustainable development and the promotion of Canadian business in SE Asia.

Sunny Patel

Managing Director, Trends Digital Ltd

Currently Managing Director at Trends Digital Ltd, providing Social Media & Digital professional services for International companies. Sample partner clients include Lenovo, Motorola, Intel, Mars International, Unilever, Minor International, among others.
Trends Digital was founded in April 2013 and based in Bangkok, Thailand with a team of ~40 specialists providing solutions with platform partners such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Line (Naver), Twitter, and others. Services also include Social Media Monitoring, Social Listening, and Consumer Management software & tools for sentiment and social media intelligence.
Sunny is originally from Montreal, Canada and attended University of Western Ontarion (UWO) in London, Ontario with a BA (Honors) in Philosophy, MBA from INSEAD, and CFA designation.
After working in Toronto, Ontario for Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), Sunny attended INSEAD full time MBA graduating in July 2005. He subsequently move to London, UK where we worked at Global Asset Management (GAM) in the Hedge Fund and Fund of Funds group. He also enrolled in summer program at Peking University in Beijing in 2010 and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Surachit (Art) Chanovan

Managing Director,

As an active member of the Chamber’s Education Sector, Mr. Surachit (Art) Chanovan has been a strong advocate of quality education for Thai students and served as the Country Director of CANCHAM THAILAND member company, Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN) – Thailand Branch from April 25, 2002 until the network’s global closure in January 2010. He served as a CANCHAM THAILAND Board Director from May 2002 to March 2003 and continued as a Board Advisor until 2012 before rejoining as board director in 2013 until present. Mr. Chanovan received the CANCHAM THAILAND’s Business Excellence Award in the “Best Canada-Thai Linkages” Category in 2003 for his efforts in promoting Canadian as education destination. Most recently, Mr. Chanovan became the Managing Director of “” from February 1, 2010 to the present. Like CECN, his new entity is the continuation of his excellent job in promoting Canadian education to Thai students working in alliance with his former colleagues from various countries in Asia.
In promoting the Canadian education sector, Mr Chanovan has led and/or supported annual Canadian education fairs, annual secondary school /post-secondary forums, information sessions for schools throughout Bangkok & upcountry, college/university events and student/agent seminars. He has also provided education/travel counseling to various Thai students, parents and local school counselors and provided linkages to various Canadian institutions’ websites for the benefit of Thai public.
Mr. Chanovan, a US graduate has acquired extensive business competencies in the fields of communications, education, international relations, travel, and transportation. His career path has included work assignments as Regional Manager, Asia Pacific of Amadeus, and as Country Manager Thailand of Air New Zealand, a leading Asia Pacific Airlines etc.



Honorary Board Advisors


Don Lavoie

Gabriel Laflamme


Michel Belanger

Peter van Haren



Claudia Anghel


Joni Simpson

Marisha Shibuya


Nahathai Thewphaingarm

Peter Baines


Yvonne Chin