Team Canada in Education

Saturday January 15, 2011

Beijing, China

Press Release

For Immediate Release 

The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) hosted “The 7th Canadian Formal: Winterlude!”, celebrating a full year of activities with over 30 alumni events in 2010, focusing once more on Team Canada in education, and the 7th Anniversary of the CAN tonight. Over 125 alumni and friends representing all the regions of Canada, enjoyed a great turkey and dessert buffet, live entertainment, and dancing at the St. Regis Hotel in Beijing.

January 15, 2011 (Beijing, China) - Team Canada in Education - The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) hosted “The 7th Canadian Formal: Winterlude!” with over 125 alumni at the St. Regis Hotel. (Photo by Emily Cheung)

To commemorate this special occasion, the Winterlude-themed dinner featured Canada’s Ambassador, Mr. David Mulroney, who made an inspiring Opening speech on education between Canada and China. The Ambassador also gave the CAN some “homework” to raise the profile and awareness of Canada’s great education system in China and raise the awareness in Canada of China’s growing importance in the world and improving Canadian’s understanding of China. Alumni were also introduced to Mr. Dana Fox, President and CEO of ClevrU Corporation, engaging the audience on the topic on "Future Education with Mobile Learning".

The evening was also a time to recognize a few individuals, as Mr. Richard N. Liu, Founder of the CAN, together with Co-Founder, Mr. Andy Truong, formally announced the Ambassador of Canada to China as the Honourary Chairperson of the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN). Mr. Liu also recognized the hard work by all 26 alumni volunteer representatives and brought those present tonight forward with the new Honourary Chairperson of the CAN for a Team Canada photo. Ms. Jessica Miao, representative for Queens Alumni, was specially recognized tonight with an award, as she has always been ready to volunteer her time even as a mother with a full time job, and a very active Canadian Alumni Organizing Committee (CANOC) member of the Canadian Formal for many years.

Guests were entertained by the first Canadian “Complicated” Idol, as four alumni braved the stage to be judged in their entertainment abilities, and the audience was indeed entertained! In the end, only one could be the evening’s top Idol and that honour went to Mr. Robert Earley, a proud University of Calgary alumni and equally pro-active University of Waterloo representative, who successfully sang Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated”. The evening was also graced by the presence of an amazing up and coming singer, Miss Melody, accompanied by our DJ Mikey Dee, who threw cool grooves together for everyone to get down on the dance floor.

Lots of great prizes, like the HP Probook 5310m laptop; the Motorola XT300 phone; Stone of Heaven’s BC Jade; and RIM’s Blackberry 9630 Tour, were won by many of our enthusiastic alumni. And with "Winterlude!" as our theme, everyone went home a winner with a red #87 Team Canada Hockey Jersey.

The evening also brought awareness to intellectual disabilities and raised funds for the Special Olympics in China. Mr. Liu said, “The Canadian community continues to come out to support the Special Olympics in China, as we did at the very 1st World Summer Games in 1968.”

The CAN sincerely thanks all those who sponsored and supported in kind to making the anniversary celebration another enjoyable and entertaining evening. This evening was made possible through the generous and continued sponsorship and support by the University of Victoria Alumni Association, University of Calgary, McGill University, Royal Roads University, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia, York University, ASC Fine Wines, United Family Hospital, King’s Dental, Union Bar & Grille, Alberta China Office, the Ontario Beijing Office, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, and the St. Regis Hotel Beijing. 

Special thanks goes out to the 2011 CANOC members (Mr. Adam Dunnett, Mr. January 15, 2011 (Beijing, China) - Team Canada in Education - The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) is a non-profit, volunteer-based group of currently 26 alumni chapter representatives. Pictured here are some of the alumni representatives with the Canadian Alumni Network's Honourary Chairperson, the Ambassador of Canada. (Photo by: Ms. Emily Cheung) (Left to right: Mr. Peter Forster, UVic; Mr. Jason Bedford, SFU; Mr. Huasheng Zheng, UoCalgary; Mr. Robert Earley, UoWaterloo; Mr. Jason He, Universite de Moncton; Mr. Richard N. Liu, UBC & CAN Founder; Ambassador David Mulroney, UofT; Mr. Andy Truong, Ryerson & CAN Co-Founder; Mr. Kevin Tsui, McGill; Ms. Judy Liu, Ivey, UWO; Ms. Cindy Jensen, Dalhousie; Ms. Jessica Miao, Queens; and Mr. Adam Dunnett, UVic.)Peter Forster, Mr. Richard Liu, Ms. Jessica Miao, and Mr. Andy Truong) for volunteering their free time in putting the evening together, and to all our Alumni representatives who did their special part in making The 7th Canadian Formal: Winterlude! a wonderful success. 

The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) is a non-profit, volunteer-based group of currently 26 alumni chapter representatives, that continues to bring mutual support to alumni chapter representatives in China, developing synergy and opportunities for alumni to network, and enriching their lives in China. The CAN is fostering public awareness that Canadian post- secondary institutions have an influential alumni network in China. Please join the network today through the two main social media sites, Facebook and Linkedin, thank you.


For further information on the Canadian Alumni Network, please write to: 

Canadian Alumni Network (CAN)



Visit the Canadian Alumni Network group on Linkedin and Facebook, and follow the “CanadianAlumni” on Twitter.


The 7th Annual Canadian Formal: Winterlude! 

January 15, 2011 Saturday

6:00pm to midnight

The Great Hall, St. Regis Beijing, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing 100020

For directions please call: 6460.6688

6:00pm Reception

7:00pm Official Opening Remarks and Keynote

7:20pm Dinner and entertainment

Cost: 700RMB per person (includes dinner & dessert buffet, and one Team Canada Hockey Jersey while supplies last for the first 100 paid tickets!)

Tickets are limited so order today by writing to: Canadian Alumni Network <>

CELEBRATE Canada's best season in Beijing with your fellow alumni, together with the upcoming Year of the Rabbit, at the “7th Annual Canadian Formal: Winterlude!”

This year we’re pleased to have Canadian Ambassador, Mr. David Mulroney, present the official opening remarks; and Mr. Dana Fox, President and CEO of ClevrU Corporation, make the keynote on the topic on "Future Education with Mobile Learning". We're also raising awareness on intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics in China, so show your support by coming out! This year's theme will be "Winterlude!" and to heat things up, the first one hundred tickets sold will receive an authentic Team Canada Hockey Jersey!
There will be a chance to win fantastic prizes like the HP Probook 5310m; the Motorola XT300 phone; Stone of Heaven’s BC Jade and much more!
And warming your hearty winter appetites, we will have a Sumptuous Turkey Buffet Dinner menu that is too long to list! Bon appetite!


Butternut squash, apple and maple soup
Clam Chowder with Herbs Pesto


Oven roasted turkey with sage stuffing Cranberry relish
Giblet Gravy Maple glazed Gammon ham ...and much much more!

Plus a Dessert buffet that lasts as long as the list: Pumpkin pie Dark Cherry and Pecan Cake Apple and Cranberry Crumble slice Steamed pumpkin filled with pumpkin custard Newfoundland Cheesecake with cranberries compote...and more!


For more, please visit the Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) group on Facebook and Linkedin:


2010 Victory Celebration

Press Release For Immediate Release March 10, 2010 (Beijing, China) ‐ With a clear Wednesday evening, the spirit of the 2010 Winter Games could be felt across the Canadian flag‐decorated room by the 250 Canadians, alumni of Canada's post‐ secondary institutions, and friends of Canada. The Canadian Alumni Network (CAN) hosted the "2010 Victory Celebration" during their Annual Canadian Cocktail at the prestigious Canada‐based hotel, Fairmont Beijing, to bring a taste of the excitement which we all felt when Canada won medal after medal, and to congratulate Canada in making the 2010 Winter Games a tremendous success for the whole world to see and share. Mr. Richard N. Liu, Founder of the CAN, who also volunteered during the Beijing and Vancouver games, opened the evening by energizing the crowd with a human wave from the Atlantic Alumni all across to the BC Alumni, then with memorable videos of the 2010 Winter Games and Gold Medal highlights touched off the singing of ‘O Canada’ by everyone in the room. Mr. Jeff Nankivell, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, made the welcome remarks to a very Canadian‐clad crowd, highlighting the success of the 2010 Games, and giving kudos to Team Canada and to the Canadian Alumni Network for organizing the most vibrant networking event of the year; and welcoming everyone to attend the next big event, the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

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The Annual Canadian Spring Cocktail

Together with Canada's Gold Medal victory at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, the Canadian Alumni Network invites you to celebrate with glowing hearts. Bring your name cards to network with fellow alumni from Canada's 'sea-to-sea' post-secondary institutions at the new Fairmont Beijing.

As multi-culturalism goes, a wonderful section of Indian cuisine, generously sponsored by the Fairmont Beijing, will be made available to our participants. And to compliment this wonderful selection of food, a special drink price list will also be offered that evening.

Arrive early and receive a special Canadian Polar bear pin (while supplies last) for the first 100 participants!

Date: March 10, 2010 Wednesday
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: Lunar 8, Fairmont Beijing
8 Yong An Dong Li
Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Chaoyang District, Beijing

For directions: 8511-7777

Cost: A special Zero-cost entrance fee, but each participant must RSVP by Sunday March 7th for the hotel to prepare the food - thank you for your cooperation.

RSVP to the Canadian Alumni Network:


A True Canadian Autumn

To the Canadian Global Community, Happy National Day Holiday! We’re very pleased to announce the traditional Canadian Thanksgiving events across China during this special month of October! Starting up north in the nation’s capital, the 6th Annual Canadian Thanksgiving will be at the posh St. Regis Beijing, with the new Canadian Ambassador, Mr. David Mulroney, as the guest of honour, who will give a keynote speech. Those interested in supporting or sponsoring this annual charity formal should contact the organizing committee soon. Shanghai will host a Canadian Alumni Thanksgiving luncheon on October 17th, and Hong Kong will host their Canadian Thanksgiving dinner on October 11th, all details can be found below.

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