On June 14th at 10:00 am, the opening ceremony of the second edition of MIBIEXPO was held at Le Westin Montreal Hotel. Montreal International Business Investment Exposition is a two-day exposition organized by KDR International Inc. and co-organized by CCSME.
The exciting opening ceremony
The host, Ms. Si Chen，welcomed everyone and introduced each keynote speaker and honourable guest for the opening ceremony, “Today is the second edition of MIBIEXPO, it is a one-stop platform to reveal the business opportunities to the world. Showing everyone what we have in Quebec and Canada to invest. This edition of MIBIEXPO has five sectors, business investment, real estate education, immigration, and tourism.”
Organizer- KDR International Inc. is a marketing consulting firm that is located in Montreal, Quebec. The group was established in 2013, it focuses on developing and delivering a strategic plan for the product and service of Canada market. By working closely with corporate and governmental organizations, our aim is to help establish the longstanding business relationship among Canadian and overseas investors, facilitate collaborations and expand into the local market.
Ms. Jocelyn Kao, the president of KDR International Inc. and Diamond Diamond Real Estate Inc., was the first to give a speech at the opening ceremony. She thanked and showed her appreciation to all the guests that attend and support MIBIEXPO 2019.
Following the enormous success and recognition gained from the first MIBIEXPO that held at last fall, Ms. Jocelyn Kao has high expectation for MIBIEXPO 2019. She said,’ MIBIEXPO is not only an exposition but a platform that provides a wide range of services. In addition to the annual exposition that is organized in summer, we’re also hosting educative seminars with experts from different industries, promoting emerging business in Omni social media channels and creating sustainable business growth. In 2019, MIBIEXPO has a special mission- promoting French culture for Quebec. The ‘Belle Province’ boasts of the best French-learning courses and environment for all the newcomers that are willing to immigrate and invest in Quebec. Ms. Jocelyn Kao shared her insight into the importance of learning French regarding her own experience. She expects to provide every individual who chooses to settle down in Montreal a better living, working environment. In addition, MIBIEXPO will promote MONT Tremblant as the ‘City of the Year of 2019’. Since this area is not only a holiday destination but it’s also an important business and investment gathering place and has an internationally well-known ski resort.
Former Ambassador of Canada to China, Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, President & Co-Founder, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr. Kelvin Mo, City councilor, St-Jacques district，Ville-Marie, city of Montreal. Mr. Robert Beaudry, Mayor of Mont-Royal, Mr. Philippe Roy, Former Mayor of Montreal (2013-2017) and Ambassador to the JGH foundation, The Honorable Denis Coderre and Executive Director of Desjardins, Mr. Éric Prud’homme delivered a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony. They appreciate what Ms. Jocelyn Kao has done for Montreal. And they wished MIBIEXPO a very successful!
The topic of the first panel on June 14, 2019, is “SUCCESS OF QUEBEC ENTERPRISES WITH FOREIGN PARTNERS: EXAMPLES AND BEST PRACTICES”
Mr. Kelvin Mo, President & Co-Founder, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises, is the moderator of the panel. The panellists are, the Vice President of Brivia Group, Mr. Vincent Kou, Executive Director of Desjardins, Mr. Éric Prud’homme, Vice-President, CCSME and Co-founder and VP Development, CACAO 70, Mr. Easy Wang and President, Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, Ms. Selena Lu.
Mr. Vincent Kou has expertise in all the aspects of setting up, doing and supporting businesses in China and other emerging markets in South East Asia, he pointed out that overseas investors are advised to invest in the local industries that are related to their professional background and business fields. Moreover, it’s critical to conduct a comprehensive market analysis, identify the cultural gaps and build trust in business relationships before entering the local market.
Mr. Easy Wang, the co-founder and vice president of Cacao 70, shared his insights of the path to entrepreneurship. He indicated that the key takeaways that contribute to the success of launching your business in Quebec are, initially, quickly adapt to the market and environment. Then create a comprehensive business plan tailored to the needs of local clients. Seize the market opportunities in terms of potential growth and business model. Cacao 70 is a successful practice for overseas entrepreneurs; the corporate is managed under franchising and is in one of the most popular industries in Quebec- Chocolate!
President, Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, Ms. Selena Lu unveiled the investment opportunities of the startups in Quebec, such as gaming and recycling industries. Her practice consists of advising small- and medium-size businesses in connection with the innovative local startup. She said, how to overcome cultural difference and communicate effectively with local firms are the key factors to succeed in investing in Quebec. Ms. Selena Lu emphasized that Montreal is a perfect city for innovation and the development of SMEs.
The executive director of Desjardins Enterprises, Me Éric Prud’homme, proudly said, “Desjardins is the first and biggest financial institution in Canada. We are always there for the clients, not just for financial service, but for different services.”
INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AT THE HEART OF ECONOMIC GROWTH
Mr. Kelvin Mo, President & Co-Founder, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises, is the moderator of the panel. The panellists are
Director of Operations of CDPQ Infra, Mr. Denis Andlauer, The Mayor of Mont-Royal, Mr. Philippe Roy and City Councilor of Norman-McLaren in the arrondissement of Saint-Laurent Borough, Mr. Aref Salem.
Mr. Denis Andlauer delivered an in-depth presentation of Montreal‘s REM project in terms of the project overview, history, transportation system, stations, route map and progress of construction.
The Mayor of Mont Royal Mr. Philippe Roy and City Councilor of Norman-McLaren in the arrondissement of Saint-Laurent Borough, Mr. Aref Salem introduced the future urban planning and administration (Transportation, community, commercial layout and virescence) of Mont Royal and Saint-Laurent Borough respectively.
During the Q&A session of the panel, we have people asked: “Which area exhibits the biggest investment opportunity regarding the infrastructure projects?”
Aref Salem answered the public transport of South Shore and North shore requires improvement; hence the infrastructure projects at South and North shore reveal substantial investment opportunities.
The exhibitors at the booth
The exhibitors of MIBIEXPO 2019 boasts of top enterprises from real estate, education, immigration, investment as well as tourism. Such as Diamond Diamond Real Estate Inc. Enticy Boutique Condo, BMO, Boily Handfield, EWS, Quebec Liangzi Group, PeakWatina, Tourisme Mont-Tremblant, Services Légaux Farley LTÉE, Bergeron Dorais Notaire S.E.N.C, Tour des Canadien 3, CCSME and Desjardins.
The representatives of Diamond Diamond Real Estate Inc, Services Légaux Farley LTÉE and Boily Handfield CPA produced a series of presentations. As the sponsor and exhibitor of MIBIEXPO 2019, Diamond team presented the brief introduction, history and major services of the company. The year of 2019 is the 25th anniversary for Diamond Diamond. To appreciate the continuous support from loyal clients, the company prepared amazing gifts and incredible coupons. Representatives of Diamond team announced that the company is now hiring real estate brokers, the executive officer, Mr. Phillip Lee and CEO, Ms. Jocelyn Kao provides the best training program for all the brokers.
CEO of Services Légaux Farley LTÉE, Mr. Patrick E. Farley gave a speech to the public; he indicated that more and more overseas students apply for immigration. The firm offers professional consultancy service customized to the needs of the student segments.
At 4:00 pm, Director of Quebec Chapter, the Canada China Business Council (CCBC), Mr. André-Philippe Chenail delivered a speech regarding Canada and China relations, he outlined that Canada’s relationship with China remains stable.
June 14, 2019, at 18:30, the second edition of MIBIEXPO held a gala dinner to celebrate the opening ceremony.
The MC of the gala dinner introduced the special guests of this event:
Former Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness
Counsel, FASKEN, Mr. David Heurtel
Consultant and Administration Former Ambassador of Canada to China Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques
Former Mayor of Montreal (2013-2017), Ambassador to the JGH Foundation of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre
President, Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal
Ms. Selena Lu
Director of Operations of CDPQ Infra
Mr. Denis Andlauer
Co-founder and VP Development, CACAO 70 Mr. Easy Wang
City councillor, St-Jacques district, Ville-Marie, City of Montreal
Mr. Robert Beaudry
Mayor, Town of Mount Royal, Lawyer
Mr. Philippe Roy
Vice-President, Corporate Development & Growth, Brivia Group Mr. Vincent Kou
City Councilor of Norman-McLaren district in the arrondissement of St-Laurent
Mr. Aref Salem
The executive director of Desjardins Business – West of Montreal Mr. Éric Prud’homme
Vice-President, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises
Mr. Andrew Fang
Director, Quebec Chapter, the Canada China Business Council (CCBC)
Mr. André-Philippe Chenail
Founder of Ali et Les Princes et Princesses de la Rue, Mr. Ali Nestor
President, KDR International Inc. & Diamond Diamond Real Estate Inc. Ms. Jocelyn Kao
Agency Executive Officer Mr. Phillip Lee
Managing Partner – Audit – Canadian and International Tax, Boily Handfield CPA Inc.
Mr. Yvon Gelinas
President of CCSME Mr. Kelvin Mo
Research Scientist of Dana-Farber Cancer Institut, Ms. Maxine Sun
President of Cstyles Canada China, Mr. Karam Melki
Senior Representative Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian Organizations
Mr. Lane Si
AVP Sager Food Product, Mr. Jordan Rufino
President, CANADA SHANDONG INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE UNITED ASSOCIATION, Mr. Ming Jia
President, Quebec Sichuan Commerce of Quebec, Ms. Xiuqing Fan
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF CDPQ INFRA
Director of operations of CDPQ Infra, M. Denis Andlauer
Wife of Mr. Claude Chapdelaine, Ms. Marie Lyse Duquette
FRENCH LANGUAGE AS A KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION IN QUEBEC
The moderator of the panel is Mr. Kelvin Mo, President & Co-Founder, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises. The panellists are,
Counsel, FASKEN and Former Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness
Mr. David Heurtel
Research Scientist of Dana-Farber Cancer Institut, Ms. Maxine Sun
Research Scientist of Dana-Farber Cancer Institut, Ms. Maxine Sun gave a speech regarding the history of the French Language, the role and status of French Language at the globe and the importance of learning French. She combines her personal experiences with a case of scientific research to justify that learning French, or multiple languages could facilitate early brain development.
Following the presentation delivered by Ms. Maxine Sun, former Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Mr. David Heurtel devised a comprehensive analysis in terms of the importance of Language Laws and doing business in French, The cultural diversity of Quebec and overview of Quebec French Learning Program. He mentioned that for the new immigrants that are willing to invest in Quebec, it’s crucial for them to learn French in order to build in-depth business relations with local firms. Besides, Quebec Government provides a wide variety of French Learning Programs that enable new immigrants to adapt and develop in Quebec. Most of which are free and some of the programs will offer financial aids based on family status.
STEP-BY-STEP SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS IN QUEBEC (EX. TAX IMPLICATIONS, EMPLOYMENT PROCESS, OPENING COMPANY ETC.)
CEO of Diamond Diamond Real Estate Inc. and KDR INTERNATIONAL Inc, Ms. Jocelyn Kao is the moderator of Panel 3. The panellists are,
Notary and partner of BERGERON DORAIS NOTAIRES, Ms. Marie-Eve Bergeron
Vice-President, Canada-China Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr. Andrew Fang
Director of the certification department, Boily Handfield CPA, Ms. Nancy Xie
Ms. Jocelyn Kao started with a question, ‘What new immigrants should know when coming to Canada?’
Director of the certification department, Boily Handfield CPA, Ms. Nancy Xie pointed out that new immigrants are obligated to file out tax return in time, in particular, declare overseas assets and income to avoid penalties.
Notary and partner of BERGERON DORAIS NOTAIRES, Ms. Marie-Eve Bergeron gave a speech in terms of the responsibility of a notary and presented the major services provided by BERGERON DORAIS NOTAIRES to all the participants at the panel.
The co-founder of CCSME, Andrew Fang, introduced a case of exclusive investment projects for the immigrants at the events. He indicated that besides the traditional projects (Real estate, restaurants and convenient stores), The SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise) in Montreal exhibits a rapid growth with high ROI. Hence, the immigrants have more options for the investment, such as private hospital, blood test laboratory, dentists. Hotels, nursing home, golf course, recycle junkyard, farm, ranch etc.
During the stage of questioning, the professionals answered all the questions from the audience about how to register an enterprise, how to file tax if an entrepreneur owns businesses in China and Canada, how to obtain new-housing rebate etc.
Ms.Jocelyn Kao, Mr. Kelvin Mo and Mr. Phillip Lee closed up the exposition with an onsite lucky draw- some of the attendees obtained chocolate gift bags sponsored by Cacao 70, three lucky participants won an Ipad, round trip flight tickets from Montreal to Beijing/Shanghai and seven days Caribbean trip for two!
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Special thanks to,
KDR INTERNATIONAL INC.
DIAMOND DIAMOND REAL ESTATE INC.
QUEBEC LIANGZI GROUP
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS AND EXHIBITORS
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D’INDUSTRIE SAINT-LAURENT MONT ROYAL
TOWN OF MOUNT ROYAL
TOWN OF SAINT LAURENT
HUMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
QUEBEC SICHUAN CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE
CANADA SHANDONG INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE UNITED ASSOCIATION
GUANGXI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MTL S.S.Z. BUSINESS ALLIANCE
BERGERON DORAIS NOTAIRES S.E.N.C
SERVICES LÉGAUX FARLEY LTÉE.
TOURISM MONT TREMBLANT