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    WHO WE ARE Global China Connection (GCC), a registered non-profit organization, is the world's largest student-run network dedicated to improving relations between China and the rest of the world. GCC acts as a nonpartisan platform for students and professionals to develop their global networks of personal and professional relationships. Our management is located in New York and Beijing, but our network includes university chapters throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

    OUR MISSION To cultivate friendships and bridges between China and the international community by creating a global network of current and future leaders.


    To facilitate a future where connections with China define and strengthen the international community.


    Hosting conferences that promote discussion about Chinas development is a focus of Global China Connection. In 2009, GCC hosted two conferences that brought together leading thinkers to share their knowledge and participate in the conversation about China's future. These forums based on issues such as the global financial crisis, sustainable development, political corruption, as well as relations between locals and multinational corporations.

    IN JUST FOUR YEARS Four years ago, GCC consisted of a few students from Columbia University and a handful of other universities in North America; today, our chapter network extends to over 60 universities across the globe. In 2007, we started as a small organization with a big dream. Today, we are building relationships that will change the world.

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    CONTEXT Canada has always been in a relatively warm relationship with China. Unfortunately notable gaps in cultural understanding are still very prevalent. Thus, it is our mission to bring the GCC objective to our great nation and cultivate friendships and bridges by creating a network of current and future leaders. Our conference will allow industry professionals to educate the minds of eager young Canadians with a hopeful eye toward the mystical Orient. With these newly acquired knowledge and freshly developed skills, we hope to facilitate an environment where students from top local and international universities may gain useful insights.

    CONTENT Industry professionals and acclaimed academics from across Canada, China will convene in discussion panels that will foster a generation of more globally-conscious Canadian youths. These presentations will be attended by delegates from Queens University, McGill University, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier University, and select American universities.

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    KEYNOTES Keynote speakers give speeches that convey the central message of this conference. The keynote will consist of industry professionals, governors and acclaimed scholars who have a profound understanding on the Chinese market, trade relations and policies.

    PANEL DISCUSSION A panel of experts will discuss questions brought forth by the moderator and audience. It engages not only the panelists but also the student delegates, making it a perfect opportunity to communicate ideas and interact with the top-notch professionals.

    NETWORKING Throughout the day of the conference there will be snack breaks intended to provide time for personal chats and networking with the speakers.

    FINAL NETWORKING GALA Time to have fun and celebrate your success of one day of intense learning experience!

    TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION Dont want to travel alone? Want the complete conference experience? GCC provides accommodation and transportation for our entire delegation! Please consult GCC chapter at your school for detailed itinerary and fees. Free complementary transportation services includes hotel to conference facility and back, hotel to networking gala.

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    PARADIGM SHIFTS AMID GLOBALIZATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH PRESENTED BY DR. KARL MOORE Well-Known Consultant, Columnist at Forbes, Published Author, Professor at McGill University, Associate Director of Advanced Leadership Program, and Module Director on the International Masters for Health Leadership

    Dr. Karl Moore has 12 years of experience in sales and marketing management positions in the high tech industry with IBM, Bull and Hitachi. He also has extensive experience in teaching executive education and MBA programs with leading universities including: Oxford, LBS, Cambridge, Darden, INSEAD, Duke, the Drucker School, the Rotterdam School of Management, IIM Bangalore, Queen's and McGill. His current focus is on postmodern leadership and globalization. His topic China the society paradigm shift amid globalization and economic growth will cover current social changes in China, the impact on consumer behaviour and the way businesses operate as well as business ethics and property rights. With the multitude of social issues facing the Chinese population today, the government and Chinese society must find a way to cope with their continued growth. Dr. Karle Moore will talk about the changes in policy and culture and their prospective effects on businesses.

    CHINA ON THE GLOBAL STAGE CHINESE MACROECONOMICS PRESENTED BY MR. PETER HARDER Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senior Policy Advisor to Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and President of the Canada China Business Council

    Peter Harder has 16 years of experience as the deputy minister in federal departments, including the Treasury Board, Solicitor General, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as Co-Chair of the Canada China Strategic Working Group while working with Foreign Affairs. His thirty-year-experience in international affairs and public policy gives rise to his unique insights in Sino-Canadian relationship. His topic China on the global stage Chinese Macroeconomics will cover Chinas 12th 5 Year Plan, generalizations about the Chinese economy, and the economic ties between China and the west. With the current tumultuous state of the global economy, China newest economic plan is hoping to address some of the issues its economy is facing. Mr. Peter Harder will talk about Chinas role once the dust settles, and how Canada needs to put themselves in a position to take advantage of it.

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    BUSINESS IN CHINA A MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS PERSPECTIVE PRESENTED BY MR. BENJAMIN BOEHM Vice President of International Business at Bombardier, President and CEO of Guelph Junction Railway.

    Mr. Benjamin Boehm is a seasoned professional in the aerospace industry. He overlooks the deployment of Bombardiers international aerospace initiatives, aimed at accellerating the company's global reach with a special focus on Asia. Mr. Boehm leads an international team tasked with the development and execution of Bombardiers international business strategy and plans. In his previous role as VP Commercial Aircraft Programs, Mr. Boehm lead the program management teams for all Commercial Aircraft programs including the CRJ series aircraft, the Q400 turboprops and the newest addition to the family, Bombardiers mainline jetliner the CSeries aircraft. In addition to Bombardier, Mr. Boehm also serves as the President and CEO of Guelph Junction Railway. His topic Business in China A Multinational Corporations Perspective will look at the intricate interplay between the government and the private sector. He will share Bombardiers outlook on the Chinese aerospace industry and how Bombardier is doing its part to take advantage of the worlds second largest economy.


    TOPIC 1 FINANCE, TRADE AND ECONOMICS With uncertainties looming over global macroeconomics, many looked to China - a country with over 3 trillion dollars of foreign reserves and near 10% annual growth since 2008 to save the day. However, some argues that China is due to have a hard landing. This panel will examine the health of the Chinese economy, pegging of the Chinese Yuan, its impacts on international trade and effects on Chinese internal consumption. More, insights regarding the efficiencies of the Chinese equities market, relative lack of investment vehicles as well as transparencies of Chinese companies will be shared.

    TOPIC 2 SOCIETY, BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE China has long been perceived as a unique, promising and yet challenging business environmental for many western firms. To a large extent, the Chinese government acting through sets of comprehensive central policies controls the overall direction of the worlds second largest economy. It is therefore imperative for business leaders to understand the objectives and underlying drivers of governmental decisions. This panel will dissect the interplay between social forces, governmental policies and private sector demands. Chinas balanced growth strategy resolving social conflicts while maintaining economic growth will be examined. For background information pertaining to these topics, refer to More on China section of our website at gccCanada.ca/?page_id=294

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    CONFERENCE Reichman Family Lecture Auditorium (ES1050) Earth Sciences Centre University of Toronto (Downtown Campus)

    HOTEL Novotel Toronto 45 The Esplanade M5E 1W2 Toronto

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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012


    7:45 Bus Dep