President’s Message



Mr. John Stevens

Dear Members and Friends,


It is my great honour to have been elected CanCham President for 2017-8, and to thank our Past-President, Ron Livingston, for his steady leadership and support during his tenure.  At our recent AGM, CanCham elected a new board, which includes fourteen returning and six new directors and advisors. We are very fortunate indeed to have such a wealth of experienced business professionals with a wide range of backgrounds leading our chamber. 


On April 2, the CanCham Board met for its annual retreat to review the chamber’s past year’s performance and to plan the road ahead.  We defined the five key functional areas of the chamber, and assigned board members to participate in sub-committees to lead and support the following:

  • Membership & Member Benefits
  • Sponsorship Program
  • Events – Business & Social
  • Advocacy & Outreach
  • Communications & Marketing


In each of these areas many new ideas were discussed – for example, introduce new membership categories such as “start up companies” and “women in business”, establish bespoke benefit packages for our corporate sponsors, focus our Canuck Networking events along commercial themes to attract more interest and larger audiences, and redouble our efforts on advocacy and outreach, both with our Canadian and Thai partners (such as BOI and BOT). 


Joining a chamber of commerce involves both a time and financial commitment from our members and we are well aware of other organizations and interests with which we must compete for member attention.  As such, it is critically important that the value proposition of CanCham membership continually evolves and improves.  This is our mandate to deliver.


I believe the year has started well with CanCham hosting a number of well attended and received events including our annual Crystal Ball business forum, Women in Leadership panel, Great Canadian BBQ, CanCham Charity Golf Tournament and recent Canuck Connections featuring Export Development Canada.    I would also like to highlight the cooperation we have with the Canadian Embassy and especially Yvonne Chin, formerly Counsellor (Commercial) at the Embassy and now Director of Business Development and Sales for Asia for the Canadian Commercial Cooperation (CCC) – she has been extremely supportive of CanCham and instrumental in the successful execution of many CanCham initiatives and events. 


I look forward to the coming months which includes a very special 150 anniversary edition of Canada Day to be held on June 17 at The British Club. CanCham’s management team led by Kelly Cailes and supported by Jen Meckhayai and Bow Sakulchaipornlert are working hard to make this a particularly memorable affair.


See you there!


John Stevens


CanCham Thailand