Get to know the board - Ralf Matthaes

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Introducing Get To Know CanCham Board Series 🍁


We are conducting small 5-question interviews with our board to get to know them a little more. The questions aim to learn about them on a much deeper level by asking personal questions that bring to surface their deeper ponderings.




We interviewed Ralf Matthaes to hear about his 20+ years in Vietnam...


1️⃣ What do you miss most about Canada?

Canada, all of it! Actually, I miss family and friends the most, followed by Cottaging in the Muskoka’s, Concerts at small clubs on Queen Street in Toronto, Live hockey games, Harvey’s Hamburger’s, First Nations art and culture, four seasons and the expanse that is Canada’s beauty.


2️⃣ What are you most excited about being a part of the CanCham board?

Having been on the board for over 10 years, its really about connecting with like minded Canadians and friends of Canada, promoting Canadian culture and values and helping both Canadians and Vietnamese to connect and unearth opportunities within the business community.


3️⃣ What do you wish you knew in your 20's?

How to make an earthshattering Bloody Mary


4️⃣ What are you most passionate about?

My 2 kids progress through life, and Vietnam’s progression over the past quarter century, give me ultimate joy and fear at the same time. To calm myself from these roller-coaster rides, Hockey is my de-facto go to passion, until the Leafs loose again – another Roller- coaster ride.

So, my passion = the roller-coaster of life.


5️⃣ What is your favorite book?

Still life with Woodpecker – Tom Robins

This novel is about the primacy of the individual and "metaphysical outlawism


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