Remembrance Day 2018 - Beijing

Our volunteer Canadian Alumni representatives in Beijing participated in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Canadian Embassy. The Canadian Federal Minister of Finance; Minister of International Trade Diversification; and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; as well as the Premier of Newfoundland, were among the many visiting guests present, where our representatives shared in the wreath laying ceremony on this day that also marked the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day. Lest We Forget🌺🇨🇦#CanadaRemembers⁠ ⁠


Special Lunar New Year Message from Ambassador McCallum


The 10th BC Student Send-off in Beijing

July 30, 2017 Beijing - Ten years ago, the inaugural BC Student Send-off was held on May 25, 2008 before the start of the Beijing Summer Games at the BC-Canada Pavilion, with the enthusiastic support of Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria, to connect new students from China headed to BC with knowledge of their destination and advice from BC alumni.

This 10th anniversary event was co-hosted by the BC International Trade Office in Beijing and the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) with the fantastic participation of Capilano University, Royal Roads University, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria; and saw 50 new students from China, their parents, with BC trade and BC alumni representatives in attendance this afternoon.

Kevin Tsui, Managing Director of the BC International Trade and Investment Office, noted that "In 2007, there were only 10,000 Chinese students in BC. And now China is the No.1 source country of international students in BC and more than 40,000 Chinese students are studying in BC right now. These figures prove without a doubt that BC is an ideal education destination for Chinese students. BC’s top-notch educational institutions, proactive study-abroad policy and open attitude to multiculturalism has fostered a first-class academic environment regarded by international students from every corner of the world."

Richard N. Liu, Founder of the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) said in his opening remarks, "this annual Send-off began as a personal passion to serve our community, engage youth and bridge our two nations." As a proud UBC Alumni, he encouraged students to make sure to stay in BC after graduation, develop people-to-people relationships, and look for opportunities to work while enjoying the sights and sounds of Canada.

Special thanks to all our volunteer BC alumni reps and to all our BC post-secondary institutions throughout the past 10 years, and to our good friends at the BC International Trade office for their continued support and encouragement, as we work to connect and inspire the next generation of future BC alumni for years to come.

We wish the new students all the best with your studies in BC. 祝你们学习进步!

Screenshot of the BC International Trade and Investment Office's Weibo



H.E. Ambassador McCallum's Canada 150 Greetings



Welcoming Ambassador McCallum With Alumni Engagement 

June 15, 2017 (Beijing) - A special welcome reception was organized and hosted by The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) for His Excellency, The Honourable Ambassador John McCallum, this evening at the Four Seasons Beijing, with a fantastic response by 150 Canadian alumni in and around the capital of China.

Mr. Richard N. Liu, Founder of the CAN, remarked that the attendance by so many alumni this evening "is a true testament to the importance of People to People exchange. Our Canadian Alumni Network continues to grow, connecting alumni of Canadian post-secondary institutions and making a richer and well-connected community of over 16000 alumni in China."

Mr. Andy Truong, CAN's Co-Founder added, "With over 120,000 and  increasing Chinese students studying in Canada, the Canadian Alumni Network will continue to work hard to reach out to these future alumni." Together with Mr. Adam Dunnett, UVic's Alumni Chapter Representative and long time friend and advocate of the CAN, they presented Ambassador McCallum with a plaque to formally welcome His Excellency to the CAN as our Honourary Chair, to build stronger ties in education between our two nations. In his speech, Ambassador McCallum said, "Having been here for almost three months, China wants to move forward with Canada. Both countries want to move forward and make real progress together and it takes two to tango."

Following the formal speeches, our dedicated volunteer Alumni Chapter Representatives each came up to congratulate the Ambassador and took a commemorative group photo. With the 150th year of Canada's founding, our alumni guests each received a commemorative Canada 150 pin and had the opportunity to take photos with specialized Canada150 frames provided by the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, while connecting with one another. The importance of alumni engagement was exhibited as the Ambassador and his wife, Nancy, were both immersed in conversation with our alumni throughout the evening. As such, the lucky draws provided by our wonderful Canadian partner hotel will now be drawn on July 1, 2017.

The CAN organizers would like to thank the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and Canadian Consulate Generals around China, our 26 Canadian Post-secondary Institutions across Canada and Asia, and to the Four Seasons Beijing, for their continued support and in making this evening a tremendous success. The CAN sincerely appreciates all our alumni and friends that attended tonight and would like to take this opportunity to wish all our alumni in China a very Happy Canada Day 150!

Canadian Alumni Network (CAN)

As a non-profit, volunteer-based group of 26 alumni chapter representatives, the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) connects a rapidly growing network with engagement experiences at the national, provincial, and institutional levels. Since 2003, the CAN continues to foster public awareness that Canadian post-secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China while extending mutual support to alumni chapters in China, and to develop synergy and opportunities for currently 2,200 alumni in Beijing and over 16,000 alumni in China. Please join the network today through the main social media platforms, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and WeChat, thank you.



*Alumni that attended were graduates of the following institutions (alphabetical order):

Concordia University
Dalhousie University
Humber College
LaSalle College
Laurentian University
McGill University
McMaster University
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Queen's University
Royal Roads University
Ryerson University
Saint Mary's University
Simon Fraser University
Univeristy of Toronto
Universite de Montreal
Université du Québec à Montréal
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Lethbridge
University of Manitoba
University of New Brunswick
University of Ottawa
University of Saskatchewan
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Winnipeg
Unversity of Guelph
Wilfred Laurier University
York University

Photo credit: Alumni Chapter Rep Group photo by Mr. Hugo Chen, Laurentian University

Photo credit: Contributed by various alumni social media posts.