Georges Fischer is the co-founder and former chair of
the World Chambers Network since 1997, and also is a senior advisor,
Digital strategy committee, to the World Trade Centres’
Association in New York.
Mr. Fischer served as Director for international networks and
partnerships of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry on
international institutional cooperation, funding, export
facilitation (certificates of origin, ATA carnets) and
networks management (EEN, ASCAME, CPCCAF, WCF, WCN, WTC).
Mr. Fischer has directed projects for the Paris CCI,
Francophone - African CCI’s association, UN and others. He
is a Co-founder and senior advisor for Next @ction (Paris and
St. Stail, France) and has extensive experience in ICT
consultancy, e-strategy & e-international trade.
Mr. Fischer has taught strategy, finance and project
management for MBAs at HEC and ISC who major in
entrepreneurship, and MBAs at Novancia business school. Mr. Fischer is Chevalier in the Ordre du Merite.
He is also the founder of Fischer Corporate Consulting International.
completing his M.A. in Applied Economics, Joachim
Knauf worked in that field for the private and
public sectors for over a decade,
This included directing R+D projects in economics and co/authoring
publications on labour market economics, the rise of Asia
Pacific trade and the impact of digitization and globalization
on our economies as far back as the "80ies"
He subsequently co-founded a
business software firm in 1997, and is its President & CEO. In addition to
almost twenty years in business-related software, he has designed several
prototype computer hardware systems.
Mr. Knauf has been a Director
and CTO of the World Chambers Network since 2004, and has been
president of CTMI since 2003.
He also serves as a senior advisor to
companies and organizations in the private and public sectors
on digitization of knowledge-based assets, e-trade and the impact of disruptive technologies.
Dr. Roslyn Kunin is the principal of Roslyn Kunin and Associates, Inc.
and a Policy advisor to senior levels of government…author of multidisciplinary analyses…and speaker at numerous symposia through the National Speaker’s Bureau,
Dr. Kunin was chair of the board of directors of the Haida Enterprise
Corporation and has been a Director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, chair of the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia. She has also served as the Chair of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Governor of the University of British Columbia and has served the community as Chair of the Vancouver Crisis
Centre, and as Vice President of the YWCA.
Dr Kunin holds the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria and the Order of Canada.
Earl Drake is a former Canadian ambassador to China and Indonesia, president of the Canada China Business Council, and project director of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
Earl Drake is currently an honorary professor at UBC's Institute of Asian
Research and also lectures at Simon Fraser University
Earlier in his government career, he served as the senior Canadian representative to the OECD in Paris.
Earl was also a
director at the World Bank in
Washington, and an assistant deputy minister at the Department of External Affairs, as vice-president of CIDA in Ottawa and as a diplomat in Karachi and Kuala Lumpur
Earl Drake also authored A Stubble-Jumper in Striped Pants: Memoirs of a Prairie Diplomat.
Pope is a Senior VP at Echelon Wealth Partners, based in
With close to 40 years in the financial services industry in
Canada and Europe, Francis spent the majority of that time,
from 1981 to 2015, as President and CEO of Pope & Company,
a capital markets and asset management company.
Prior, Francis worked for Singer & Friedlander, a Merchant
Bank in London, U.K.
In 2015, Francis joined forces with Europac, the predecessor
to Echelon Wealth Partners.
Bill Cunningham is Vice President for Community Business & Real Estate
at VanCity and also serves as of chair the Great Northern Way
He is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of Simon
Fraser University, and former District Vice President for TD
Commercial Banking. Prior, he was the Executive Director and
Senior Advisor for the Government of Canada’s Minister’s
Regional Office in Vancouver.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome
Research Foundation and has also served on the boards of the
SFU Alumni Association, the Vancouver Society of Children’s
Centres, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the
is also past Chair of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, and a
past member of the Board of Governors for Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
Bill Cunningham is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service.
He holds a master of business administration, and
a bachelor of commerce.
is the Canadian General Manager of PelicanCorp, an
international IT company based in Australia.
He served as a
commercial representative on several government boards and
committees. Mr. Sackville has been a key note speaker and conducted training
sessions on various industry topics. .
Prior to joining
Mr. Sackville was the President & the CEO of the Ontario Regional
Common Ground Alliance and also served as Vice President of a
privately held utility contracting firm.
During his career, Bryon also
held several others senior management positions in the banking
and financial services sectors.
Bryon is a graduate of Trent
University, Peterborough, and his CTMI association goes back
MacLeod has had a varied career, ranging from logging to bank
management and corporate law...
At Scotia Bank, he focused
on administration, commercial lending and management. After
returning to school for a law degree, he eventually became a
partner at Lawson
Lundell, LLP, a firm with over 100 lawyers and active in
He practiced mainly in the areas of commercial lending, secured transactions (usually in major project financings) and asset
securitization and often instructed programs and published papers on loan commitment letters and on mortgages and secured lending.
Ian MacLeod served as Chair, BC Chamber of Commerce and is a Fellow of The British Columbia Chamber of
Commerce. He was also awarded a life membership, Vancouver Board of Trade.
Ian MacLeod was also awarded
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Governor General of Canada “Canada 125” Medal.