Canadian Alumni Network Representatives Meet and Greet the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
October 18, 2013 Beijing - Representatives of the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) welcomed the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to Beijing at an Education Partnerships programme during His Excellency's first stop to China.
The Governor General was a professor at various post-secondary institutions in Canada, and had served in administrative roles as Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario, Principal of McGill University, and President of the University of Waterloo. And as an alumni of Queens, and former president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Governor General warmly engaged the representatives, sharing his thoughts on education, learning more about the CAN, and even asked The Honourable John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Joe Oliver Minister of Natural Resources, Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and our CAN representatives where they graduated from. They proudly stated their Canadian institutions until there was a humourous gasp from everyone when Minister Oliver mentioned he had also graduated from Harvard.
The Canadian Alumni Network is celebrating it's 10th anniversary next week and have been fostering public awareness since 2003 that Canadian post-secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China. And today's event is a testament of that importance and influence to which the network has grown over the past decade, with the continuing cooperation and support of the Canadian Embassy, and in conjunction with the hard work and dedication by all 26 alumni volunteer representatives based in Beijing and the alumni associations across Canada.
(Group Photo Left to Right) The Honourable Joe Oliver Minister of Natural Resources; Mr. Philip Chow, President, Alumni Western Ontario's Beijing Branch; Mr. Da Li, University of Alberta Alumni Beijing Chapter Representative; Mr. Adam Dunnett, Vice-Chair, University of Victoria; Mr. Richard N. Liu, University of British Columbia Alumni Beijing Representative and Founder of the Canadian Alumni Network; the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques; Mr. Andy Truong, Co-Founder of the Canadian Alumni Network; Mr. Chen Zhang, Beijing's Concordia Alumni President; Ms. Romy Vaugeois, Laval Alumni China President; and The Honourable John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Canadian Alumni Network (CAN)
2003-2013 Celebrating A Decade of Team Canada in Education
The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) is a non-profit, volunteer-based group of 26 alumni chapter representatives, that continues to bring mutual support to alumni chapter representatives in China, develop synergy and opportunities for currently 1300 alumni in Beijing and over 5000 alumni in China. Since 2003, the CAN has been fostering public awareness that Canadian post-secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China. Please join the network today through the main social media sites, Facebook, Linkedin, and Weibo thank you.