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Pop-Up Canada! in Macao 2017 Opening Reception - February 22, 2017 – Speech by the Consul General of Canada, Jeff Nankivell

Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, Acting Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region.

Our great colleagues from the office of the Government of Alberta.

Fellow Canadians, chers amis de Macao et Hong Kong.

Welcome everyone.

Bienvenue à toutes et à tous!



2017 is a pivotal year in Canadian history as it marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

This year, Canada invites you to join the celebrations as we continue to offer the world a premier destination to visit, study, work, invest and live.

« Pop-Up Canada » à Macao 2017 est la deuxième édition de cet événement annuel du Consulat général à Macao et notre première initiative cette année pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération du Canada à Macao.

J'ai le plaisir d'être ici ce soir pour avoir l'occasion de célébrer avec vous - nos partenaires, amis et anciens élèves des institutions canadiennes.

Special thanks to those of you who made their journey from Hong Kong and other parts of the Greater China Region.

If you traveled from Hong Kong to Macao on a Sky Shuttle helicopter today, their engines are Canadian!

This evening, we are also here to celebrate the dynamic bilateral relationship between Canada and Macao.

Since we gathered here a year ago for our first Pop-Up Canada in Macao event, Canada and Macao have further strengthened our bilateral trade and investment ties.

We are very excited for Canada’s geoduck exporters – as 2016 marked the year that Macao became their 3rd largest export market!

B+H Architects, one of Canada's largest full service architectural practices, is deeply involved as the interior design consultant of the 6-star Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, which will open this year.

Montreal firm Gala Systems has developed a fully automated concept, “the Gala Venue system”, for MGM’s new entertainment theatre project in Cotai.

Canada and Macao are also connected in many other areas, and the people in this room represent exactly that.

Some of you this evening are active members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Macao and The International School of Macao, others are alumni of Canadian universities or proud Chinese Canadians.

And please raise your hand if you are a Canadian citizen…

First, thank you for promoting Canada’s interests and culture in Macao!

Second, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the occasion to remind you of the launch of the Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in March 2016 - remember to travel to Canada with your valid Canadian passport!

But, the benefits of the Canada-Macao relationship, are not limited to Canadian citizens… 

In fact, there is a steady year-on-year increase in the number of Macanese students pursuing studies in Canada, the University of Macau Library has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of British Columbia’s St. John’s College and the University of Toronto’s Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library to strengthen the collaboration in academic activities.

Canada was also featured in a number of music and art festivals in Macao.

Award winning Canadian author Madeleine Thien will be featured in this year’s Macao Literary Festival in March.

And congratulations to the Canadian Feu d’artifice Orion fireworks team, who won third place in the Macao International Fireworks Display Contest in September 2016!

Those are terrific examples of the fruits of our strong partnership.

And, Canada looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Macao in promoting values that we share, such as gender equality, the rule of law, and the integrity of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.

Today and tomorrow, the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao will be running various events and seminars, including talks on studying in Canada and immigration to Canada, to explore the best that Canada has to offer.

And, if you have enjoyed the food and drinks this evening, they are Canadian! We are pleased to announce that from now until March 8, Windows Restaurant here in the Four Seasons Hotel Macao will feature a variety of outstanding Canadian ingredients in its special Canadian set dinner menu to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

In the meantime, please take advantage of the social media sphere and tag your selfies and pictures of the Canada 150 canapés with #PopUpCanadaMacao to extend the conversation beyond this venue.

So tonight, let us celebrate the robust and dynamic bilateral relationship between Canada and Macao, which will continue to flourish over the next 150 years.

In closing, please allow me to propose a toast:

To the Canada-Macao bilateral relationship

Santé. Cheers!

I am now honoured to invite Acting Chief Executive, Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, to say a few words.


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