A COMPETITIVE EDGE: Business opportunities in Vietnam for Canadians

Fri Jun 01, 2012 09:00 AM - Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:00 PM
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Canada’s trade relations with Vietnam are expanding as Canada seeks to assert and maintain competitiveness in Asia-Pacific markets. Many well-known international brands already produce their products in Vietnam, and opportunities exist for more Canadian businesses to do the same.

On June 1, The Vancouver Board of Trade will host a half-day seminar for local businesses from any sector to learn more about manufacturing, trade and investment in Vietnam. Attendees will hear about success stories of Canadian businesses in Vietnam, the competitive advantage of doing business in Vietnam compared to other countries in Asia, and financial assistance for Canadian companies going to Vietnam.

Speakers include:

  • Gabriel Lessard, former Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam
  • Lieu Van Tran, President of Binh Duong Industrial Zones Authorites-Vietnam Government
  • Dien Son Vo, Advisory & Marketing Director, Becamex IDC Corp
  • Christopher Runckel, President of Runckel & Associates in Portland, Oregon.
  • Dan Pak, President of Dan On Foods
  • Peter Aikat, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • Edwina Ramirez, Southeast Asia & Oceania Manager, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation
  • Bill Johnson, former Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh
  • Treshia Gunardi, Marketing Manager of Fraser International College, Simon Fraser University

Attend this event and find out what you need to know before making critical business decisions.

In partnership with:


Supporting Government Agency


If you are interested in meeting with the Vietnamese delegation after the seminar, please email by May 20 to make an appointment.


Complimentary registration is available to both current Vancouver Board of Trade members and non-members.



Friday, June 1, 2012



Registration: 8:45 a.m.

Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Includes light refreshments



Pan Pacific Vancouver - Oceanview Suites 5 & 6

999 Canada Place