Here are the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors nominees.
Head of Branch (Vietnam Office) / Canadian Lawyer at CJ Legal Services Vietnam
David is a proud Canadian, originally from Quebec City. He is currently a lawyer and Head of Branch at CJ Legal Services Vietnam, an international law firm offering services in a wide range of immigration programs. He is a Canadian lawyer, member of the Barreau du Québec since 2011. He has also held a foreign lawyer’s licence from the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice since 2016. David practised law in a number of fields in the Montreal region before moving to Asia in 2016, first working in Shanghai before establishing the CJ Legal Services office in Vietnam later the same year. He graduated from the Université Laval in Quebec City with a Bachelor of Law and a Master of International Studies, and also holds a Certification in Investment Migration. David works every day with Vietnamese applicants, most of whom are entrepreneurs looking to invest and apply their talents to new markets, on the route to achieving residency or citizenship abroad. David has been an active member of the CanCham for the past 5 years.
General Director at St. Johns Packaging Vietnam
Elizabeth is the General Director of St. Johns Packaging Vietnam. In 2016, she came to HCMC to start a Greenfield project in Binh Duong for her mother company, a world leader in the bread bag business. She expended St. Johns Packaging footprint in Vietnam via M&A in 2020. Prior coming back to HCMC, Elizabeth also helped a Canadian manufacturer to start up their operations in Central Vietnam in 2011 then moved to a Commissioning Project Management role for an iron ore regional distribution center in Malaysia for a global mining company. She holds an Engineering Degree from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Elizabeth is fluent in French, English and Vietnamese.
Head of Research at VinaCapital
Ismael Pili is the Head of Research for VinaCapital. He has deep leadership experience in international capital markets across the Asia-Pacific region, having held senior positions or served as Managing Director on a country and sector basis at various global banks. This includes HSBC (Head of ASEAN and South Asia Research), Macquarie Group (Head of Financials Research – Asia, Head of Philippines Equities, Deputy Head of Research HK-China), JPMorgan (Head of Research), and Indosuez WI Carr Securities (Head of Singapore & Malaysia Research) with postings in Singapore, HK, Tokyo, and Manila. Ismael holds an economics degree and MBA, and hails from Calgary.
Deputy CEO at Talentnet
I am a Canadian Vietnamese who was born in Vietnam, grew up in Canada and now live and work in Vietnam for the past 8 years. I received my University education at the University of Waterloo and I interned and started my career at KPMG in Toronto. I am a Canadian Chartered Accountant and a Vietnamese CPA. I am currently a Partner with Mazars, an international accounting and advisory firm operating in Vietnam for over 25 years.
I currently work in a field helping many multi-national companies that are either entering or are already investing in Vietnam. I have advised many companies on Vietnam’s investment laws, tax laws and other regulations. With both Vietnam and Canada being members of CPTPP, there is tremendous opportunity for both countries to invest in and trade more with each other. Because I am a Canadian Vietnamese, I have vested interests for both Canada and Vietnam to do well economically through more trading and investments. As a Partner at Mazars, I am well positioned to advise Canadian and Vietnamese companies about investments and regulatory matters in both Canada and Vietnam.
Public Relations Director at Dan On Foods
Lam is currently the Public Relations cum Dan On Foundation Director at Dan On Foods Vietnam, a subsidiary of Dan-D-Pak Canada. Prior to joining Dan On Foods he was an English teacher at ILA where he specialized in IELTS and Business English. Lam now leads the company’s extensive CSR initiatives, business development opportunities, and marketing strategies. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Prior to completing his degrees, Lam served honorably as a United States Marine and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, giving him the full spectrum of life experiences and helped to shape his core pillars of belief to promote peace, trade, prosperity, and equality. Lam is interested in bridging the Canadian and Vietnamese businesses, having a large presence in both Canada and Vietnam and fluent in both English and Vietnamese, he is in an excellent position to connect potential business opportunities for both sides.
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Risk Officer at Sun Life Vietnam
Matthew is currently the Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Risk Officer at Sun Life Vietnam, where he has worked since February 2019. He previously also worked in Ho Chi Minh City between 2013 and 2015 with Sun Life Vietnam, before leaving for just over 3 years to work at Sun Life Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur (2015 to 2019). He is qualified actuary (Fellow of Society of Actuaries), has held a variety of actuarial and financial roles with Sun Life Financial over the last 14 years and has worked in multiple countries, including Canada (Toronto), Hong Kong, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). Matthew is originally from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, a small community just outside of Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Actuarial Science, before moving to Toronto to work. He has been an active member of the Canadian Chamber of Vietnam Board of Directors since 2019.
Director of Admissions & Market Growth at ISHCMC
Mike Hebert has lived and worked in Vietnam since 2015.
Mike is the Director of Admissions & Marketing at the International School of HCMC, the first international school in the city, and a global leader in providing a holistic international-minded education for K-12 students. Established in 1993, the school hosts over 1,350 students from over 56 nationalities and is one of the first schools in Vietnam to be recognized as an IB World School. Mike leads the school in its growth strategies for new students, partnerships, and marketing.
Before joining the International School of HCMC, Mike had a successful track record as Managing Director of a leading corporate training firm, and experience in international banking with HSBC.
Mike is originally from North Bay, Ontario, Canada and spent many years in Montreal, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Business from St. Francis Xavier University and an Executive MBA from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.
Counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins
Sarah is an experienced lawyer with Tilleke & Gibbins, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Sarah has over 12 years of legal experience, eight of which are in Vietnam with international law firms. Before coming to Vietnam, Sarah practiced as a litigator in Canada where her cases involved issues ranging from corporate fraud to contractual disputes to employment matters.
COO at Colliers
Winnie Lam is a Canadian who has been working in Vietnam since 2005 albeit a short stint in the region while still managing the business operation here for her then employer. Winnie is currently the COO of Colliers International for the Vietnam franchise operation, an international real estate consulting firm listed in the Toronto exchange.
Winnie set on the Board of CanCham between 2010 & 2014 and was the President for 2 terms before leaving Vietnam for the region and returning to Vietnam full time in late 2015.
Winnie is originally from Hong Kong and has set on the Board for the Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam since 2011 and is the General Secretary to the Board since 2016 upon returning to Vietnam full time. She was responsible for the restructuring of the association secretariat which included the set up of the complete SOP, update of the association charter as well as steering the Charity Committee to date. Winnie has strong community presence in Vietnam having been involved with many government initiatives on labor code review as the Head of HR Committee of AmCham then and continued to be involved with VBF HR Committee.
After a few years of absence from the CanCham board, Winnie is now well settled into her roles here and is looking to rejoin with her decision to stay in Vietnam for the longer term. She would like to leverage her experience and relationships in the community and in the region to help CanCham stay mainstream for the benefits for both Canada and Vietnam.