About Us

CanCham is a voluntary business association dedicated to assisting companies and individuals doing business in Vietnam. Our aim is to provide our members with business support, education, and a social environment for the purpose of exchanging ideas, sharing expertise among members, and building on experiences. By encouraging collaboration and cooperation between businesses, government, residents and other stakeholders, we help create a synergistic environment in which we all thrive. In addition, CanCham takes pride in contributing to the improvement of the social life in Vietnam by donating all excess funds received to a number of different charitable organizations in Vietnam.

CanCham is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen business and community relations for its members. With its origin dating back to 1994, CanCham has become one of the most active and dynamic business organizations in Vietnam, coordinating a broad array of social and business events that reach out to the entire population – from local business leaders to new entrepreneurs. With a presence in both Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi, CanCham is also a venue for young, open-minded Vietnamese business people who want to expand their network and access the Canadian and the international business community.

Strengthening and enhancing business relations is a key objective for CanCham, which includes organizing events for members as one of the avenues we use to accomplish this. CanCham is well known for holding business breakfasts and luncheons featuring topics of significance that make an impact on how business is conducted in both the Canadian and international business community here in Vietnam. For example, our renowned annual “Crystal Ball” luncheon – “The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook”, which has been held for eight years in HCMC and is typically the first international business luncheon of the new year, is one of the most anticipated events each year and regularly sells out with 200 participants. This event, which features five or six well known CEO level speakers from various industries, was also successfully launched in Hanoi earlier this year. CanCham is an Associate Member of the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF), which allows members to participate in Working Groups for various industries that communicate on behalf of the business community with the government of Vietnam about doing business. The chamber is also a member of the Advisory Council on Administrative Procedure Reform, a participant in the Anti-Corruption Dialogue and is a Honourary Member of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), which is a cooperative of Canadian companies and Canadian chambers that operates to enhance Canadian interests in Vietnam and the region.

Board Members & Team

Board Members

Kelly Wong

President

Kelly is currently the Group CFO of Kinh Do Corporation (KDC). KDC is Vietnam’s leading confectionary company with a diversified portfolio of leading brands built over the last 20 years. Prior to KDC, Kelly was a Managing Director with Ho Chi Minh Securities Corporation (HSC), where he helped to establish the Investment Banking & Advisory team and lead several key landmark transactions in areas including media, telecommunications and retail. Before joining HSC in 2008, Kelly worked for HSBC Vietnam for 4 years where he was involved in corporate and commercial banking and global markets. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a Diploma in Asia Pacific Management from the McRae Institute of Manage at Capilano University.

In addition to his work at KDC, Kelly is active as a Board Member of Sponsorship for Educational Opportunities in Vietnam (SEO-V), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of leadership capacity amongst professionals that will help make a different in Vietnam.

Ralf Matthaes

Vice-President

Ralf has worked and lived in Vietnam for over 22 years, all in market research.

After 20 years of Corporate life, Ralf established Infocus Mekong Research, Vietnam’s first dedicated smartphone based research agency.

In 1996, Ralf established TNS Vietnam, followed up by Kantar Media & Worldpanel, TNS Cambodia & Myanmar, becoming the biggest Agency in the region.

In 2013 he was promoted to Regional Managing Director – Mekong Region: Cambodia | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Thailand | Vietnam

Ralf holds an honours degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.

Prior to coming to Vietnam in 1994, Ralf served as a policy analyst for the Provincial Minister of Finance for Ontario, Canada.

Ralf has served in various Capacities on the Cancham Board for almost 10 years, most recently at VP.

Larry Madge

Treasurer

Larry Madge is CEO of Sun Life Vietnam, responsible for growing Sun Life’s business in Vietnam.

Prior to this role, Larry was Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary for Sun Life Financial, responsible for directing the firm’s actuarial practices enterprise-wide.

Larry worked in the company’s US operations from 2010-2013, first as SVP and Chief Actuary, SLF US and then as SVP and CFO, SLF US. Prior to that Mr. Madge held a number of Vice-President positions in the Canadian business including Individual Product Development, Retail Life Insurance, Retail Consumer Solutions, and Chief Actuary, SLF Canada.

Mr. Madge holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Insitutue of Actuaries.

Antoine Ngo

Antoine Ngo heads the marketing and business development efforts at the Vietnamese office of Pharmascience, Canada’s 3rd largest manufacturer of generics medication. As the Group Manager of the Rep office, Antoine oversees the Asia Pacific business in countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia. Prior to his relocation to Ho Chi Minh City in 2015, Antoine was based out of Pharmascience’s head office in Montreal, Canada and was also assigned in Seoul, South Korea where he led the local JV team through their first Canadian pharmaceutical portfolio launch.

Antoine has also made his mark in the cosmetic industry as Marketing Manager at L’Oreal Canada. His mandate then revolved around growing the new segment of men skincare while managing the Biotherm Homme brand. During his tenure, Antoine’s brand performance outpaced the other players’ and solidified itself as the clear market leader.

Antoine holds a Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University.

Bao Nguyen

Mr. Bao Nguyen is a senior corporate executive and M&A/corporate finance professional with more than 16 years of experience in North America and in Asia. Since 2011, he has occupied the role of CEO and General Director of a FDI custom steel manufacturer specializing in heavy plate work. In 5 years, from a greenfield project, he has built a company now comprising 2 factories totaling more than 25,000 sqm of covered fabrication area on 2 sites and 500+ workers servicing global engineering companies and exporting critical steel pieces and components made in Vietnam for heavy industrial projects all around the world, mainly in the power and energy sectors. Bao is also the Managing Director of Newlight Advisors Ltd., an independent investment banking boutique focusing on cross border M&A and corporate finance advisory for companies in the small to mid-market segment in Southeast Asia. Bao also serves as advisor for various other companies including M & A Promotions, a unique direct marketing company with an original new way of building brand awareness.

Bao has been actively contributing to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham) Executive Board since 2008, having held the Presidency, Vice-Presidency and Treasurer positions. He is a current Executive Board Member and has represented CanCham Vietnam at the 1st Asia- Pacific CanCham event held in 2010 in Shanghai.

Bao was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec and has been calling HCMC, home away from home since 2008. He constitutes one half of a proud and blessed duo of parents that welcomed of wonderful baby girl in January 2016. Bao is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Vietnamese, and is currently learning Mandarin.

Eric Conforti

Eric is currently the Founder and Director of Viva Foods JSC, a leading food service provider for the corporate, educational and health sectors.  Eric is also a Board Member of Frissta Co. Ltd., Vietnam’s top brand for frozen and ready-made meals.

Prior to his foray in the world of food, Eric was President of Kore Garments Ltd., a Canadian Company whose core business was in the production and distribution of Wedding Dress apparel for the North American and European markets.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

His passion for all things Life lead him to Vietnam where has a lived for more than 13 years. He is actively engaged in local charity initiatives throughout the country.

Eric was born in Toronto, Canada. He is a proud father of 2 young boys, Antonio and Adam.

Lawrence Brisebois

Lawrence Brisebois obtained a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from Université de Montréal before being admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2011. He completed his articling in a law firm specializing in corporate law before joining CJI Shanghai office. After more than 5 years experience in Asia as an immigration lawyer, Mr. Brisebois has developed a deep understanding of the Asian and international clientele. He is now the Head of Vietnam Branch for CJ Group Legal Services Inc.  Mr. Brisebois speaks French, English and has an intermediate knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Quy Bui

Ms. Bui Thi Kim Quy joined Manulife Vietnam as Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief Operation Officer in April 2012 and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer from May 2013. From January 2016, she was appointed as Chief Operation Officer.

She has been working in insurance field for more than 30 years. Before joining Manulife, she was the Chief Agency Officer (CAO) of a big life insurance company in Vietnam responsible for Agency Sales Channel for Vietnam, a position she held until Mar 2012. In her previous roles with many insurers and brokers, she gained a solid understanding of insurance market and operations of different business units in both life and non-life. Her main roles at Manulife Vietnam are to drive sales development, marketing initiatives and build strong teams with the support from her 5 direct reports – Marketing, PR& Communication, Pension, Micro Insurance and DMTM (Direct Marketing Tele Marketing).

She earned her BA (English Major) in 1980 in HCM City and has been an Associate of the Insurance Institute of New Zealand since 1999 and FLFM Designation in 2001.

Rasha Abu Ramadan

Based in Vietnam Rasha coordinates the recruitment and marketing activities for Vancouver Island University in ASEAN and South Korea. Experienced in Education Management and International Student Recruitment and Marketing Specialist with over 10 years’ experience working in the Canadian higher education industry

Prior to working at Vancouver Island University, Rasha was the Employment & Newcomer Services Coordinator at the YMCA of Niagara and worked at Niagara College Canada for over 8 at the International Education and Workforce and Business Planning departments.  Throughout her career, Rasha has held positions such as Project Manager for Government Funded Language Training programs, Marketing Manager in capacity building projects in Saudi Arabia, as well as Office Administration, French and ESL instructor at various Canadian institutions.  Her experiences have increased her abilities to work successfully within the Canadian Higher Education Domestic and International.

Rasha currently holds a French Literature Degree from Brock University, a Human Resources Management Post Graduate Certificate from Niagara College Canada, a TESL teaching certification from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership with a Specialization in International Education from Royal Roads University.  She speaks English, French and Arabic and is hoping to learn some Vietnamese.