Adult Programs

39th Annual Bishop White Committee Winter Luncheon

Business in China: Alluring Panda or Pandora’s box?

Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor, Hatch

China continues to astonish with its dynamism and growth. However, the 13th 5 year plan has shifted the emphasis further from growth into developing a more modern state and economy. Of the 31 focus areas in the plan, 6 are directed at environmental issues and a large number of the rest target governance, efficiency, management methods, competitiveness, and social support systems. It is no longer about growth as a specific objective. The current target is a “moderately prosperous society” by 2020. At a GDP/capita of $USD 11,000 they are well on their way

Some of the exciting major initiatives such as the “Belt and Road Initiative”, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and new directions in Urbanization will be explored from both a business and geo-political perspective. The range of issues that support or might derail the overall growth ambitions will be examined.

Our lunchtime speaker, Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey, has worked at Hatch, a global engineering and project management group, for over 40 years. Though now retired he maintains strong links to the company. Hatch, with over 35 years of business experience in China, have three permanent offices, a National Class A design license and three active joint ventures. All activities are generally focused on Operational Efficiency, Heavy Industrial Technology Transfer and Environmental Clean-up.

Over the span of his career, Dr. Twigge-Molecey has worked extensively in Russia, Trinidad, South Africa, Chile, Peru and for the last 13 years, China. He is past President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, served on the Canada-China Business Council board for ten years and is currently active on several private, public and non-profit company boards.

Chinese Luncheon by the chefs of Lai Wah Heen Restaurant.

Venue: Mandarin Ballroom, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto

$90.00/person with tax receipt for maximum allowable portion.

Proceeds of the Bishop White Committee programs will benefit the East Asian section of the
Royal Ontario Museum.

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Date & Time

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:30 am - 2:15 pm


Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Toronto
Mandarin Ballroom
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto