Organized by the UBC BizChina Club, the 2021 UBC China Forum will take place from March 19–22 as an online conference with four industry-specific panels, including Retail, Ventures, Technology, and International Relations. With the theme of 'Resilience & Reinvention,' the forum will be a convocation of students, professionals, and scholars from both countries to discuss the present and future of China’s development and its interaction with Canada.
The UBC China Forum aspires to become the most influential China-Canada conference in the nation. The event is entirely student-run and is not affiliated with any political parties or foreign embassies. Keynotes are addressed by internationally renowned leaders, and panel discussions include experts in their respective fields. This is one of our key steps in adding value to the professional development of the next generation of leaders.
We strive to become a bridge between the East and the West to exchange successful business ideas as well as be the ideal platform for Sino-Canadian cooperation.
The traditional retail industry is going through major shifts and is facing the retail apocalypse. How are companies reimagining the retail business by embracing e-commerce and conforming to new consumer habits? How are companies resetting expectations due to the pandemic? And how are companies planning to recover the customer experience in the future?
The speed of information exchange has never been faster as we step into the era of 5G. The fifth-generation technology is bringing about a virtual boom where cloud-based services and the enormous amount of data available is serving as the driving force behind businesses. As everyday life becomes more automated with algorithms and artificial intelligence, how will societies change in this new era?
China’s advancement in the 21st century requires a multi-narrative understanding. How can China-Canada’s relations be strengthened despite their differences? How has the
onset of COVID-19 affected the two countries and what will be its impact going forward? And what should be Canada’s position in the increasingly complex relationship between the United States and China?
The global pandemic and economic crisis have made most institutional and individual investors more cautious than ever. However, there is also an emergence of promising new venture capital opportunities. Moving forward in 2021, will investors evaluate deals differently? And what will the longer-term impact be on private companies looking for capital?
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Chair of Corporate Relations: Feifei Zhang