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    A publ icat ion of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 08 / 2011

    Corporate PartnershipPremier Sponsors

    Executive Sponsors

    CelebratingCanada Thailand


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    since 1951.

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    2011/2012 TCCC Executives

    Patron:His Excellency Ambassador Ron Hoffmann

    President John CasellaVice President Ali Fancy

    Vice President John StevensSecretary Dr. Tim CornwallTreasurer Michael Howard

    Executive Board:John Casella

    Sranyoo ChanateNeil Chiu

    Dr. Tim CornwallAli Fancy

    Michael HowardRon LivingstonGeoff McIntyre

    Alan NgSukanya Rattanavadee

    John StevensDerek van Pelt

    Embassy Representative:Ping Kitnikone

    Advisors:Raymond Bodemer

    Sam CohenSurachit Chanovan

    Zoltan KosaDon Lavoie

    Niccolo SozziPicharn Sukparangsee

    Michael White

    Executive Director:Randy Shockley

    Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower9th floor, Bangkok 10500Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087

    Email: [email protected]:

    The Voyageur is the monthly magazine of

    the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce,

    covering all Thai-Canadian business, legal

    and social news of interest to the members

    and others who are active in expanding

    Thai-Canadian bilateral trade.


    Randy Shockley, Executive Director,

    Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


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    Email: [email protected]

    Calendar of events: TCCC

    CCBAUpcoming events in the region:

    WHEN: Wednesday, August 3, 2011; 6:30 pm 8:30 pmWHAT: All Chambers Sundowner Networking Night

    WHERE: Imperial Queens Park HotelPRICE: 500 baht - Members; 950 baht - Non Members.

    WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Noon to 1:30 pmWHAT: Joint TCCC & AmCham Speaker Luncheon with Dr. Titinam Pongsudhirak,

    Director Institute of Security & Intl Studies, Chulalongkorn UniversityWHERE: J. W. Marriott Hotel Sukhunvit/Soi 2PRICE: 750 baht - Members; 850 baht - Non Members

    WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 2011WHAT: TCCC-VDP Trip: Baan Nong Pai Village Tree Planting Event

    WHERE: Burirum, Thailand


    WHEN: Sat & Sun, August 20 & 21, 2011WHAT: World Masters 2011

    WHERE: Ocean Dunes Golf Club, Phan ThietPRICE: USD 160 for members and USD 230 for non members

    Hong Kong:

    WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2011; 4.30 pm 8.00 pmWHAT: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Compliance with the New Hong Kong Minimum Wage


    WHERE: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 HollywoodRoad, Central

    PRICE: HK$150 for members and HK$250 for non members


    WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2011; 8.30 am 10.00 amWHAT: Morning Briefing on Immigration

    WHERE: TBAPRICE: P 1,000 for members and P 1,500 for non members



    THE CHAMBERPlease take time today to mark these two upcoming TCCC events on your

    planning calendar:

    The Maple Leaf 50th Anniversary Friendship Ball on Saturday, October

    8, 2011 from 6:30 pm to Midnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.

    This years ball will mark and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Canadas and

    Thailands long running friendship.

    2nd Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament - November 2011.The

    Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Flying Farangs Hockey Club are

    currently finalizing plans for this annual charity event. This fun-filled weekend

    offers a Friday evening networking party & pre-registration event from 6:30

    pm to 9:00 pm and is followed by an early Saturday afternoon shotgun start.

    The fun also continues right into Saturday evening with a post tournament

    cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony.

    We thank you for taking note of these two great annual fund raising events and

    hope youll find time to participate!.

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    Community Activity

    On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the

    local Canadian community held itstraditional Canada Day Celebrationon the lawns of Bangkoks historicBritish Club with 350 people inattendance. The British Club isa beautiful venue for this annualevent and you can always counton its professional staff to makeit an enjoyable day.

    Upfront, we would like to offer aspecial thank you to this yearssponsors and prize donors fortheir support in ensuring a fun-filled

    event. Without the support of these sponsor-ing companies, it would be very difficult tohold a successful Canada Day celebration.Please make sure you honor these sponsor-ing companies with your future business.

    Following last years practice, the timingof the Bangkok celebration was pulled aheadfrom the official date of July 1st to allow morefamilies and individuals to participate beforethe start of the local communitys summer

    home-leave period. Its worth noting that thispull ahead action also allowed the celebrationto be conducted in dryer conditions versusprior years.

    The 144th Canada Day Celebrationmaintained its family picnic feel and offeredsporting events for all ages such as ice-breaker bingo, ball hockey, volley ball, waterballoon toss and tug of war. It was also a funfilled day for the younger kids due the supportprovided by BNH Hospital, Right to Play Thai-land Foundation and the British Club. Kiddyactivities available on the day were the BritishClubs bouncy castle, romping with the BNH

    Hospital Mascots and playing the numerousgames supervised by the Right To Play or-ganization including Catch The Dragons Tail,Whistle Basketball, Bullring, The Hoop is Hot,Frozen Beanbag and Hope is in the Air.

    In case youre not familiar with RightTo Play, they are an international non-governmental organization (INGO) based inCanada that uses sport and play programsto improve health, develop life skills, and en-courage social and emotional developmentof children and youth in some of the worldsmost disadvantaged communities.

    While Right To Play did a great job in look-ing after this years children games, the BNHHospital team always does an outstandingjob in looking after everyones well being onCanada Day. With so many children on-handand so many adults wanting to be kids again,

    its reassuring to know that BNH always has

    an on-site team and ambulance to meet themedical needs of the attendees.For this years celebration, the guests

    were treated to a continuous supply of Ca-nadian wine, ice cold Carlsberg beer, andmixed drinks from 3 strategically placedbars. An iconic feature of any BangkokCanada Day celebration is the toga cladJohn Stevens mixing and pouring a non-stop supply of Classic Bloody Caesars. Itsour understanding that there is a sizeablestore of Clamato juice somewhere in Bang-kok and we sure hope John will teach othershow to put it to good use before next June

    British Club delivered great afternoonsnacks for the kids as well as a delicious din-ner buffet that was available at three differentstations. Supporting the British Club kitchenfor this years event was Canadian ChiefBernie Tweedie who helped bring a moreCanadian feel to this years event menu.Bernies menu enhancements included:

    BBQ Baked Ham glazed with Maple

    Syrup (A little Canada taste to add tothe party...)

    Cedar Planked Salmon encrustedwith Dijon Mustard Sauce (Canadian

    Recipe) Maritime Seafood Chowder(Canadian

    Recipe) French Canadian Tourtiere (Canadian

    Recipe) Poutine (Canadian Recipe) Homemade Perogies filled with Cheese

    and Potato sauteed in bacon and onions(Canadian Recipe)

    Apple Crumble (Canadian Recipe) Butter Tarts (Canadian Recipe) Nanaimo Bars (Canadian Recipe)

    Following dinner, a brief birthday cake cut-

    ting ceremony was conducted by H. E. Mr.Ron Hoffmann, Ambassador of Canada toThailand, and Mr. John Casella Vice Chairof the Canada Day Committee. While thechildren were excited about the cake, theadults were clearly more interested in theevenings final lucky draw outcomes whichoffered over 50 prizes including gifts andvouchers to a wide array of resorts, hotels,restaurants and tailoring establishment.During this years lucky draw, the Top-10prizes included resort & hotel stays at ClubMed Phuket, Four Seasons Resort ChiangMai, dusitD2-Chiang Mai, Conrad Bangkok,Rabbit Resort Pattaya, Oakwood Apart-ments-Bangkok, Fraser Suites Urbana Sa-thorn and Courtyard by Marriott-Bangkok,

    144th Canada Day


    Diamond Sponsors:

    Silver Sponsors:

    Bronze Sponsors:

    Prize and Product Donors Grand Prizes:

    1. Club Med Thailand

    2. China Airlines

    3. Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai

    4. Research In Motion Ltd. (BlackBerry)

    5. Rabbit Resort, Pattaya

    6. Oakwood Apartments

    7. Dusit D2 Chiang Mai

    8. Fraser Suites Urbana Sathorn

    9. Courtyard By Marriott Bangkok

    10. Conrad Bangkok

    Amari Atrium BangkokAsian Tiger Transpo Thailand

    Bangkok Marriott Resort & SpaBanyan Tree BangkokCrepes & Co.Dusit Thani BangkokFace BangkokGrand Hyatt Erawan BangkokGrand Millennium SukhumvitHoliday Inn SilomJelly Belly Jelly BeansNeils Tavern Restaurant & Bake ShoppeRajas FashionsRajawongse ClothierShangri-La Hotel, BangkokSheraton Grande Sukhumvit

    Singapore AirlinesThe Sukhothai, BangkokSuzanne ThibaultThe Thai Silk Co., Ltd. (Jim Thompson)

    Canada Day Celebration2011 Sponsors:

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    1,2,3:Tug of War competinons 4.John Casella & daughter 5. Ready

    playanywhereanytime 6. Canada Days Coach, Mr. Don Lavoie

    7. The ball hockey court was a favorite hang-out 8.Andrea Hoffmann,

    Sean Brady & Ingrid Hoffmann 9. Daniele & Sumon with a tough customer

    10. BNH mascots are always a favorite with the kids 11.Bloody Caesar

    Bar staff 12.Great First Aid by BNH Hospital 13. Canada Day 2011s

    supported Charity - The Thai Fund Foundation (TFF) 14.The newly weds,John & Kay Stevens 15. Right-To- Play offered many new games at

    Canada Day 2011 16.Gold Sponsor - Research In Motion (BlackBerry)

    17.Derek van Pelt & son


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    Community Activity

    18:John Casella & Ambassador Hoffman presenting the Grand Prize Club Med-Phukett stay19.Canadas 144th Birthday was celebrated with a cake provided by the Bristish Club. Ambassador

    Hoffmann guides the cake cutting ceremony 20. As advertised, the Real Deal 21. JohnCasella & Scott Murray of the Flying Farangs presenting a donation check to the Thai Fund

    Foundation 22.Bobbing for Apples at the Genesis Skim Kare Clinic booth 23. Duff the wins

    Bangkok Vancouver round tip tickets from China Airlines 24.Genesis Skin Care Klinic team.

    25. Human Bingo winner receiving Canadian beer 26. This years winner of the Boat

    Races was a Thai team anchored by Simon Big Gulp Neville 27. Jim Patterson was the

    lucky winner of RIMs BlackBerry Torch 28. Water balloon toss






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    as well as one round trip Bangkok-Vancouverticket from China Airlines and a great lookingBlackBerry Torch.

    Given the lack of rain at this years event,the Canadians were also afforded their 2ndstraight year of Boat Races. The CanadaDay Committee thanks Ambassador Hoff-mann and Don Lavoie for taking the lead inofficiating at this years races. Once again,it was sanook-filled Thai team anchored byCanadian Simon Neville that dominated the2011 Boat Races.

    In closing, we would like to thank the2011 Canada Committee members, volun-

    teers and the events graphic design supportteam for delivering another great communityevent:Active Canada Day Committee Mem-

    bers: Michael Albert, Amy Albert, GermainBergeron, Chip Bowness, Dawn Lynn Bow-ness, John Casella, Neil Chiu, Sam Cohen,Sumon Cohen, Claudia van der Heyden, DonLavoie, Daniele Lavoie, and Randy Shockley,John Stevens, Bernie Tweedie and PaulineTweedie.Event Day Volunteers: Sranyoo Chante,Pierre Chouinard, Andre van der Hayden,Tamera (Tammy) Kraisri, Jim Lim, Dylan Pow-ers, Siti Servo, Logan St. John-Smith andNarumol (Yui) WongmasGraphic Support: We thank John Stevensand Thanya Jatuprayoon of Point of View(POV) Media Group for the time they spentdeveloping this years event poster.

    We look forward to seeing you at next

    years Canada Day Celebration on Satur-

    day, June 23, 2012.

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    However, the cornerstone of the week was theCanada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception onJune 30th which marked 50 years of bilateral relationsbetween our two countries. Invitees to the celebration

    included numerous honored guests and individuals who play a signifi-cant role in strengthening and building this vital relationship includingThai government officials, business leaders, media representatives

    and others.The reception offered an outstanding night of high level net-working opportunities and was positioned to support and build onexisting Canada-Thailand relations. In total, over 700 invited guestsparticipated in this years reception at the Four Seasons Hotel whichoffered an opportunity to showcase Canada, Canadian companiesand Canadians.

    Helping the TCCC and Embassy of Canada to lay the foundationfor this great event were a select group of Principle Sponsors includ-ing the premier Canadian companies of Bombardier, Four SeasonsHotel, Research In Motion (Blackberry) and the joint venture team ofScotiabank and Thanachart Bank. The events Contributing Sponsorswere represented by the Government of Alberta, Canadian AircraftEngineering (C.A.E.), Manulife Insurance (Thailand).and New World

    Education.Making up the events official receiving line were Ambassador

    Ron Hoffman and his wife Andrea as well as TCCC President JohnCasella and Defense Attach Colonel Romas Blekatis with his wife,Heather Leia-Blekatis. Adding a true Canadian feel to the recep-tion were two RCMP Constables dressed in traditional Red Serge

    The Canada-Thailand 50thAnniversary Reception photos gallery

    The Canada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception

    Elevating Canadas Profile

    in Thailand

    In helping to raise Canadas pro-file on the occasion of its 144thbirthday, the Embassy of Can-ada and the Thai-CanadianChamber of Commerce

    conducted numerous ac-tivities during this years"Canada Week" celebra-tion from June 27th toJuly 1st. The week in-volved a series of eventsincluding the release of aSpecial Edition June 2011

    Voyageur magazine and aspeaker luncheon featuringH. E. Mackenzie Clugston,

    Ambassador of Canada toASEAN.

    serving as honorguards and helping to

    greet arriving guests. TheTCCC thanks the RCMP and Embassy

    of Canada for arranging their support.In officially kicking off the evening, Mr. Dan Fraser, Director of

    Smiling Albino took the stage to introduce Ambassador Ron Hoff-

    man and TCCC President, Mr. John Casella who both provided briefopening remarks. Following their presentations, they were joined onstage by the children of the Lertlah School Choir who delighted theattendees with their anthem performances.

    The event venue featured a classical quartet playing soft back-ground music, a projected photographic display of Canadas mosthistoric and beautiful sites and an opportunity to learn more abouteach Premier Sponsors products and services. Additionally, theguests were treated to a wide offering of outstanding hors doeuvresand appetizers served up by the Four Seasons, plus some great winesand Moose Head beer.

    Again, the TCCC and Embassy of Canada thanks the PrincipalSponsors of Bombardier, Four Seasons Hotel, Research in Motion(RIM) and the Scotiabank - Thanachart Bank JV, as well as the Con-

    tributing Sponsors represented by Government of Alberta Canada,Canadian Aircraft Engineering (C.A.E.), Manulife Insurance (Thailand).and New World Education for helping to raise Canadas profile inThailand.

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    Celebrating 50 Years

    The Canada-Thailand 50thAnniversary Reception photos gallery

    Principle Sponsors:

    Contributing Sponsors:




    1. Ambassador Hoffmann and Khun Jesse enjoying a chat 2. TheEmbassy of Canada Team 3. Andrea and Ambassador Hoffmannwith M. R. Malinee Chakrabhandhn 4. Doug with Embassy staff5. (L to R) General Teeradej Meepien, Khun Kiat Sittheeamorn and

    Ambassaor Ron Hoffmann watching the Lertlah Choirs performance.6. The Lertlah School Choir7. Dan Fraser, Director of Smiling Albino,

    serving as the events MC 8. Vice Chair of Boon Rawd Brewery, Mr.Vappee and Thanpuying Muanchit Bhirombhakdi with the Hoffmanns

    and RCMP Constables 9.Ambassador Ron Hoffmann and AndreaHoffmann receiving the President of the Senate, General Teeradej

    Meepien 10. The Hoffmanns welcoming Khun Kiat Sittheeamorn,President of Thailands Trade Representative 11. AmbassadorHoffmann and Andrea welcoming Khun Vanchai Chirathivat, Chairman

    of Central Group 12. Ambassador Hoffmann with Bombardierguests 13. The events jazz quartet 14. Khun Kobsak Duangdee,Scotiabanks VP & Country Head with Ambassador Hoffmann and

    RCMP Constables 15. The evenings Red Serge 16. The eventsOfficial receiving line (L to R): Mrs. Heather Leia-Blekatis, Defense

    Attach Colonel Romas Blekatis, TCCC President John Casella, Mrs.

    Andrea Hoffmann and Ambassador Ron Hoffmann 17.John Casella,the TCCC President and the Hoffmanns receiving Don Lavoie and the

    Bombardier guests

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    During this year's Canada Day event, the TCCC hosted thePopulation & Community Development Association teamwhich included three members from the Chamber's adopted

    VDP Village of Baan Nong Pai.Sharing in Canada's 144th birthday celebration and meeting the

    Canadian community for the first time were PDA Field Officer (KhunAmphorn) and the villagers from Baan Nong Phai (Khun Taai, KhunNaai, and Khun Pin). According to Paul Salvette, PA to MechaiViravaidya, they really enjoyed the festivities and were delightedto have had the opportunity to meet their sponsors from the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. We all look forward to share moretime with Baan Nong Pai villagers in the month ahead.

    Baan Nong Pai villagersshare in the fun of Canada Day

    L to R: Khun Naai, Khun Pin, Khun Amphorn, PDA Field Officer,Ambassador Ron Hoffmann and Khun Taai

    L to R: Khun Amphorn, PDA Field Officer and Baan Nong Pai vil lagers

    Khun Taai, Khun Naai, and Khun Pin

    The ladies fro Baan Nong Pai village providing a helping hand in the tug of

    war contest

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    Education News

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