Topics and Speakers

How to Navigate a Career on Bay Street

Mr. Derek Chu

Associate Director/VP, Investment Banking, Scotia Capital

Mr. Chu is a Chartered Accountant who graduated with a Masters degree in Accountancy from the University of Waterloo in 2005.  After qualifying for his CA, Mr. Chu joined Scotiabank’s Investment Banking division in 2007 as an Analyst under the Power and Infrastructure group. He has worked heavily in both the renewable power and traditional utilities sector on a series of engagements involving equity offerings and M&A transactions.

Most recently, Mr. Chu lead teams to close the following significant transactions: Fortis Inc.’s US$4.3B acquisition of UNS Energy and concurrent $1.8B convertible debenture offering, the sale of Enwave to Brookfield Asset Management for $480 million and the sale of AES Gener’s US$1.4B 531MW run-of-river Alto Maipo hydroelectric development project in Chile to Antofagasta Minerals SA.

Derek has also worked closely with organizations such as TransAlta, Brookfield, Kruger Energy, and Emera Inc.


A Career in Risk Management

Xiaobo Wang

Director, Credit Risk Audit, Scotiabank

Xiaobo Wang, Director at Scotiabank, Credit Risk Audit. His main responsibilities include evaluating the design and operation of internal controls related to the management of credit risk for assigned projects/processes units in Global Risk Management, International Banking and Global Banking & Markets units.  Prior to 2012, Xiaobo worked at Scotiabank, Global Risk Management department for eight years, covering hedge fund risk management, structured transactions risk evaluation, Basel II implementation, and pricing model validation.

As an immigrant, Xiaobo also likes to help other fellow immigrants get a head-start in their professions through organizations such as Canadian-Chinese Finance Association (the“CCFA”), TRIEC Mentorship Program, etc.  He has served as the secretary general of the CCFA since 2008 and organized a number of seminars for financial professionals and exchanged ideas and shared financial knowledge with many Chinese delegations groups and other Canadian organizations. He is also a committee member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (“GARP”) Toronto Chapter.

Xiaobo holds a Ph.D degree from Boston University and an MBA degree from Schulich Business School.


How to Achieve Your Career Goal through Networking

Diana YK Chan, MBA

Personal Branding & Career Expert

Diana is a Personal Branding Strategist, Career Coach, Speaker, and Trainer, who is passionate about inspiring people to create a fulfilling life and career that makes a difference. She empowers people to own their greatness with confidence, and differentiate themselves as top talent to get the job they love, earn more money and accelerate their career. She has a track record in helping people get hired into top organizations in record time by tapping into the hidden job market through effective networking.  With over 10 years of experience, Diana has worked at top tier firms including Google, Accenture, Ivey and TELUS. As a former Recruiter at Google and Ivey MBA & Executive MBA Admissions, Diana has screened over 10,000 resumes and conducted thousands of interviews, where she knows what it takes to stand out.

Diana is a professionally trained life coach from Coaching Training Institute.


Entrepreneurship vs. Employment

Royson Ng MBA

President of Samtack Inc.

Director, Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE)

Mr. Royson Ng is the President of Samtack Inc, a member of the international Pine Technology Holding Ltd listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange- a global computer company with offices throughout Canada, the United States, the UK, Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and manufacturing facilities in China and Canada.

Mr. Ng migrated to Canada in 1991 from Malaysia. His success story was featured on the magazine inspiring many others.

Since 2006, Mr. Ng has been actively serving the association as Vice President for Association Development and Chair of the Winners Club. From 2009-2010 – He served as President of ACCE and Co-chair  for the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs Awards, Member of  diversity forum on Toronto Board of Trade, and Advisory board member for Markham Small Business Enterprise Centre.


Cultural Path to the Success in Careers

Dr. Chen Shen

Vice President, World Cultures and Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum

Dr. Shen began the Canadian-Chinese collaborative archaeological fieldwork projects in 1997. Currently Chen continues several projects in Palaeolithic archaeology in northern China, including field excavations at the World Heritage Site – the Zhoukoudian (Peking Man) site in Beijing and at Luonan Basin the Middle to Late Pleistocene human occupations in North China.

Dr Shen is a member of the museum’s senior management a Vice President responsible for research and collection of World Culture Departments including ROM’s collections of East Asia, West Asia, Egypt, Greek&Roman, Canadiana, European Art, New World Archaeology, Anthropology, and Textile and Costume. He serves as a Board of Director for the Toronto-based Canadian Foundation for Chinese Heritage Preservation. He is also an Academic Trustee member at the Archaeological Institute of America,  North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

Dr. Shen is the author of “Anyang and Sanxingdui: Unveiling the Mysterious of Ancient Chinese Civilizations” and “Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army”, and is the senior editor of “Current Research in Chinese Pleistocene Archaeology”. He also published many academic papers in both English and Chinese.


The Art of Powerful Conversation 

Mr. Stuart Knight

Founder and Owner, Stuart Knight Productions Incorporated

Stuart Knight, a graduate from the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and is an award winning entrepreneur, critically acclaimed author, and producer extraordinaire.

He has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by over one million people and helps executives and senior managers at some of Canada’s biggest companies reach new levels of success.  When he is not on the road performing, Stuart spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. You may have seen or heard Stuart on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication.  He is the winner of many awards including the National Entrepreneurs Award for Community Leadership.  Most recently, Stuart Knight launched the Top Ten Event, which has attracted sold out crowds and garnered almost 20 million media impressions.  He is the author of two books, ‘You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation’ and ‘The Madness of My Mind.’

As a renegade visionary, Stuart Knight has taken gut wrenching risks and came out on top. With hilarious stories and thought provoking insights, he will share the lessons he has learned helping people reach goals they never imagined they could attain.