Mr. John Stevens
Dear Members and Friends,
It is my great honour to serve as CanCham President. Over the past few years CanCham has made considerable progress on delivering on the value proposition to our members and partners. This would not be possible without the wealth of experienced business professionals on the board leading our chamber.
Thailand is Canada’s second largest trading partner in ASEAN – and the relationship between the two countries continues to grow. Canadian interests in Thailand have expanded in recent years with significant investments by such large companies as Scotiabank, Celestica, Magna, Fairfax, Bombardier and Canadian Solar. Going the other way, CP Foods recently acquired a majority stake in Manitoba-based HyLife, which, pending regulatory approval, will mark one of the largest investments in Canada ever by a Thai firm. Other Thai corporations with significant interests in Canada include PTT Exploration, Indorama and Thai Union Group.
Opportunities for Canadian companies and Canadians operating in Thailand are fostered by the country’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy. The Thailand 4.0 initiative is focused on shifting export production from commodities and labour-intensive manufacturing to innovative products. The commitment to building and promoting the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is testament to Thailand’s drive towards creating a more dynamic economy and a business-friendly environment.
CanCham serves as the commercial and social hub for the Canadian community in Thailand. Our mandate is to support our members by providing information flow, networking and contacts, advocacy and community events to foster business and Thai-Canadian linkages. We are an active chamber – hosting upwards of 30 events per year, including many multi-chamber and Canadian Embassy joint initiatives. The past year has been a strong one for CanCham: our membership has risen by 40%, community engagement is high, and our events have been well received and better attended than ever before.
CanCham’s ability to operate and excel is highly correlated to the support provided by our annual partners. These include Allied Pickfords, Aware Corporation, Bangkok Hospital, Bombardier, Bumrungrad Hospital, Canadian International School, Deloitte, International School of Bangkok, KIS International School, Levco, Lexicon, Manulife, MBMG, McAfee, My Internship Asia, Stonelotus Ventures, Thanachart Bank, The Privileges Card and Trends Digital. I would encourage all of our members to support our annual partners, event sponsors and other fellow members whenever possible.
Finally, I would like to thank the hard working CanCham team, led by our Interim Executive Director Jen Meckhayai, Office Manager Khun Ben, and Events Manager Khun Pim, as well as our dedicated board of directors and advisors who volunteer significant time and resources to the betterment and support of CanCham and the Canadian community in Thailand.
President, CanCham Thailand