Canada China Business Council


The Canada China Business Council or CCBC (French: Conseil d'affaires Canada-Chine, Chinese: 加中贸易理事会) is a private, non-profit business association founded in 1978 to facilitate and promote business, trade and investment between Canada and People's Republic of China. CCBC has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, Beijing, and Shanghai. CCBC is the de facto Canadian chamber of commerce in Beijing. It also has business incubators[1] in Beijing, Shanghai, Montreal, and Calgary to help Canadian companies grow in China, and Chinese investors to succeed in Canada.[2]

Canada China Business Council
Canada China Business Council Logo
FocusInternational Trade
Area served
ServicesGovernment advocacy, event organization, trade missions, research, publishing
Key people
Olivier Desmarais, Chair

Graham Shantz, President

Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director


  • Stimulate growth in bilateral business, trade and investment in goods and services;
  • Promote closer bilateral relations between Canada and China;
  • Provide practical and focused business advice and services to members;
  • Be the voice of the Canadian business community on matters pertaining Canada-China relations at all levels of government and to the general public in both countries.[3]


CCBC hosts various events such as trade missions and delegations, conferences, roundtables and seminars throughout the year. It also organizes business and networking events on behalf of its members. Notable past events include the state visit to China by Governor General David Johnston in 2013,[4] visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper[5] in 2012, and China's Commerce Minister CHEN Deming's[6] visit to Canada in 2012. Other events include:

  • CCBC Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference
  • Canada-China Business Forum
  • CCBC China Business Workshops
  • CCBC Great Canadian Christmas Party
  • CCBC Canadian Charity Ball
  • Canada Day celebrations


CCBC publishes its annual magazine, the Canada-China Business Forum Magazine".[7] The magazine covers topics relevant to Canada-China business, trade and investment. Business leaders, public officials and academics familiar with Canada-China relations contribute to the magazine. The most recent edition was published in August 2016.

Advocacy and awardsEdit

CCBC advocates for stronger bilateral ties between Canada and China and for a better business environment in each country. This advocacy work is directed by members towards governments and institutions in both countries. The Government of Alberta signed an externship agreement with the CCBC in 2012 to allow young Albertans to gain valuable work experience in China.[8] CCBC also recognizes companies that have demonstrated business excellence and leadership in China and Canada. In 2012, the CCBC presented its biennial China-Canada Business Excellence Awards to:


The CCBC is a private, non-partisan, membership-based business association, with members from both Canada and China. Members include large multinational corporations such as Barrick Gold, BlackBerry, Bombardier, BMO Financial Group, Caisse de Depot, CITIC, Export Development Canada, Huawei Technologies, Manulife Financial, Molycorp, Power Corporation, SNC Lavalin, and Sun Life Financial. The CCBC draws its members from different industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, education, public sector and professional services. The CCBC works closely with the China Council for Promotion of International Trade(CCPIT).[13]


  1. ^ "Business Incubation Platform". Canada China Business Council. CCBC. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  2. ^ "Main". Canada China Business Council. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014.
  3. ^ "Council Overview". Canada China Business Council. CCBC. Retrieved 26 Jun 2014.
  4. ^ Bélanger, Marie-Pierre. "Governor General to Undertake a State Visit to China". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  5. ^ Walker, Sandy. "Bridge to China: PM Harper's Visit to China to Facilitate Canada-China Investment and Trade". Securities Mining Law.
  6. ^ "Chen Deming: Enhance China-Canada Trade and Economic Cooperation for a Better and Faster Common Development". MINISTRY OF COMMERCE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, MOFCOM. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  7. ^ "Canada China Business Forum" (PDF). Canada China Business Council. Canada China Business Council. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  8. ^ "International and Intergovernmental Relations Annual Report 2012–2013" (PDF). Province of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 27 Jun 2014.
  9. ^ "Hatch wins Canada China Business Council Gold Medal as 2012 Member of the Year". Hatch. Hatch Ltd. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  10. ^ "Epic Data Receives CCBC Award for China Strategy". Epic Data. Epic Data, a division of Sylogist Ltd. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  11. ^ "Huawei Canada Wins Gold at the Business Excellence Awards Recognized by Canada China Business Council for Continued Investment in Canada". Huawei Canada. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  12. ^ Langrish, Ivan. "Ivey Takes Home Gold: Canada's Premier Business School Earns Prestigious Education Excellence Award". Ivey. Ivey Business School. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.
  13. ^ "Membership". Canada China Business Council. Canada China Business Council. Retrieved 23 Jun 2014.