Message from the President
It is truly an honor to be elected as YCPA’s president for the 2017-2018 terms.
First and foremost, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I will endeavor to best represent YCPA and its members. In so doing, I will devote my energy to further YCPA’s mission to unite, empower and propel young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs.
FOR OUR MEMBERS
Taking into consideration both our immediate and long term goals as individuals, I believe that it is in our interest, as young professionals, to have access to different resources that may be important to us at this point in our lives. These resources will allow us to properly network with peers and mentors, keep us healthy both in body and mind (a persistent philosophy of mine), staying up to date on issues related to the job market as well as real estate, etc. These actions are only a fraction of what I believe the YCPA can offer its members. Essentially, I want to be able to help in preparing our members for whatever life might have in store for us, by providing pertinent information and resources that one might not think to ask for, or that may not be easily acquired without knowing the proper avenues.
The YCPA’s new board of directors has been working hard at continuing the legacy that our previous boards have built. We really have to thank our former YCPA presidents and their respective board members for initiating various projects, organizing such great networking opportunities for our members, developing a leadership series with a mentorship program and launching our very own YCPMag. Still, during this ever-changing age and with the renewed ties between Canada and China, we must also work hard to improve our current projects and brainstorm new ideas and develop new programs. I wholeheartedly believe that these will not only advance the YCPA’s objectives, but also bring its members and partners many benefits short and long term. We can’t wait to announce big plans we have in store!
OUR TIME TO SHINE
Indeed, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau’s visit to China and China’s premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Canada last fall has strengthened the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Of course, this offers infinite opportunities for our citizens and businesses. But more importantly, we believe that this is our time to shine and to forge a bright future for both countries and their citizens! Being young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs, we are in the best position to help grow our economy and build stronger bridges between Canada and China.
To conclude, I would like to congratulate and thank our volunteers, members of the board of directors and sponsors, without whom we would not be able to accomplish our key desire: to empower our members to reach our goals as young professionals, to promote Canada-China and Canada-Asia business relations and entrepreneurship in a diverse and dynamic global environment. I endeavor to be a president who is available, listens, and advises, all YCPA members, directors and officers, all the while maintaining transparency in each one of my endeavors.
As such, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
President of YCPA
Board of Directors
Founder & Previous Pillar of YCPA
Martin Liu works in IT since 2000
For several companies: Nurun, VIA Rail, St-Hubert, etc. as business analyst or project manager. He is graduated from Université de Laval in Computer Science (B. Sc.) and from HEC Montreal (MBA, M. Sc.).
As president, he wanted YCPA to have its own special event where Asians and Chinese professionals could celebrate their origins in a glamourous way: he created the Orchid Gala in 2008 which became the Orchid Ball year after. He is very proud that subsequent boards of directors continue the Ball and made it "the event" that you should not miss. After his YCPA president-ship, he sat on the Montreal Intercultural Council (City of Montréal) and the Montreal Chinese Hospital Foundation which he presides since 2017.
Ponora Ang is a member of Fasken Martineau’s Litigation Group. He has pleaded before various levels of Québec courts in numerous complex cases, several of which attracted the attention of the Canadian press.
His practice touches many aspects of civil and commercial disputes in the areas of banking, sureties enforcement, construction, real estate, directors’ liability employment, insurance law and franchise law. He is also specialized in product liability, where he defends various manufacturers, distributors and vendors in the automobile, medical, aviation and security industries.
Ponora is also involved in many boards of directors in Québec. He was notably President of the Young Chinese Professionals Association, which was awarded “Best Young Chamber of Commerce of Québec 2012” during his term.