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AUGUST 2011 A publication of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

08 / 2011

Celebrating Canada Thailand Relations

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since 1951.


Calendar of events:
2011/2012 TCCC Executives
His Excellency Ambassador Ron Hoffmann President John Casella Vice President Ali Fancy Vice President John Stevens Secretary Dr. Tim Cornwall Treasurer Michael Howard John Casella Sranyoo Chanate Neil Chiu Dr. Tim Cornwall Ali Fancy Michael Howard Ron Livingston Geoff McIntyre Alan Ng Sukanya Rattanavadee John Stevens Derek van Pelt




Wednesday, August 3, 2011; 6:30 pm 8:30 pm All Chambers Sundowner Networking Night Imperial Queens Park Hotel 500 baht - Members; 950 baht - Non Members.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Noon to 1:30 pm Joint TCCC & AmCham Speaker Luncheon with Dr. Titinam Pongsudhirak, Director Institute of Security & Intl Studies, Chulalongkorn University WHERE: J. W. Marriott Hotel Sukhunvit/Soi 2 PRICE: 750 baht - Members; 850 baht - Non Members WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 2011 WHAT: TCCC-VDP Trip: Baan Nong Pai Village Tree Planting Event WHERE: Burirum, Thailand

Executive Board:

Upcoming events in the region:

Vietnam: WHEN: Sat & Sun, August 20 & 21, 2011 WHAT: World Masters 2011 WHERE: Ocean Dunes Golf Club, Phan Thiet PRICE: USD 160 for members and USD 230 for non members


Embassy Representative:
Ping Kitnikone

Raymond Bodemer Sam Cohen Surachit Chanovan Zoltan Kosa Don Lavoie Niccolo Sozzi Picharn Sukparangsee Michael White


Hong Kong: WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2011; 4.30 pm 8.00 pm WHAT: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Compliance with the New Hong Kong Minimum Wage Ordinance WHERE: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central PRICE: HK$150 for members and HK$250 for non members Philippines: WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2011; 8.30 am 10.00 am WHAT: Morning Briefing on Immigration WHERE: TBA PRICE: P 1,000 for members and P 1,500 for non members

Executive Director:
Randy Shockley

Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower 9th floor, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6 Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087 Email: Website:

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. Editor: Randy Shockley, Executive Director, Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Publisher: Scand-Media Corp., Ltd. 4/41-2 Moo 3, Thanyakarn Village, Ramintra Soi 14, Bangkok 10230 Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166-8 Fax: +66(0) 2943-7169 Design: Disraporn Yatprom Email: Advertising Contact: Mr. Finn Balslev, Marketing Director Scand-Media Corp., Ltd. Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166 ext.151 or 08-1866-2577 Email:


Please 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!.

Community Activity

144 Canada Day

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the local Canadian community held its traditional Canada Day Celebration on the lawns of Bangkoks historic British Club with 350 people in attendance. The British Club is a beautiful venue for this annual event and you can always count on its professional staff to make it an enjoyable day.
pfront, we would like to offer a special thank you to this years sponsors and prize donors for their support in ensuring a fun-filled event. Without the support of these sponsoring companies, it would be very difficult to hold a successful Canada Day celebration. Please make sure you honor these sponsoring companies with your future business. Following last years practice, the timing of the Bangkok celebration was pulled ahead from the official date of July 1st to allow more families and individuals to participate before the start of the local communitys summer home-leave period. Its worth noting that this pull ahead action also allowed the celebration to be conducted in dryer conditions versus prior years. The 144th Canada Day Celebration maintained its family picnic feel and offered sporting events for all ages such as icebreaker bingo, ball hockey, volley ball, water balloon toss and tug of war. It was also a fun filled day for the younger kids due the support provided by BNH Hospital, Right to Play Thailand Foundation and the British Club. Kiddy activities available on the day were the British Clubs bouncy castle, romping with the BNH Hospital Mascots and playing the numerous games supervised by the Right To Play organization 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 Right To Play, they are an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) based in Canada that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and encourage social and emotional development of children and youth in some of the worlds most disadvantaged communities. While Right To Play did a great job in looking after this years children games, the BNH Hospital team always does an outstanding job in looking after everyones well being on Canada Day. With so many children on-hand and so many adults wanting to be kids again,

its reassuring to know that BNH always has an on-site team and ambulance to meet the medical needs of the attendees. For this years celebration, the guests were treated to a continuous supply of Canadian wine, ice cold Carlsberg beer, and mixed drinks from 3 strategically placed bars. An iconic feature of any Bangkok Canada Day celebration is the toga clad John Stevens mixing and pouring a nonstop supply of Classic Bloody Caesars. Its our understanding that there is a sizeable store of Clamato juice somewhere in Bangkok and we sure hope John will teach others how to put it to good use before next June British Club delivered great afternoon snacks for the kids as well as a delicious dinner buffet that was available at three different stations. Supporting the British Club kitchen for this years event was Canadian Chief Bernie Tweedie who helped bring a more Canadian feel to this years event menu. Bernies menu enhancements included: BBQ Baked Ham glazed with Maple Syrup (A little Canada taste to add to the party...) Cedar Planked Salmon encrusted with 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)

Canada Day Celebration 2011 Sponsors:

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

Following dinner, a brief birthday cake cutting ceremony was conducted by H. E. Mr. Ron Hoffmann, Ambassador of Canada to Thailand, and Mr. John Casella Vice Chair of the Canada Day Committee. While the children were excited about the cake, the adults were clearly more interested in the evenings final lucky draw outcomes which offered over 50 prizes including gifts and vouchers to a wide array of resorts, hotels, restaurants and tailoring establishment. During this years lucky draw, the Top-10 prizes included resort & hotel stays at Club Med Phuket, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, dusitD2-Chiang Mai, Conrad Bangkok, Rabbit Resort Pattaya, Oakwood Apartments-Bangkok, Fraser Suites Urbana Sathorn and Courtyard by Marriott-Bangkok, Continued on page 6

Amari Atrium Bangkok Asian Tiger Transpo Thailand Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa Banyan Tree Bangkok Crepes & Co. Dusit Thani Bangkok Face Bangkok Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Holiday Inn Silom Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Neils Tavern Restaurant & Bake Shoppe Rajas Fashions Rajawongse Clothier Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit 16 Singapore Airlines The Sukhothai, Bangkok Suzanne Thibault The Thai Silk Co., Ltd. (Jim Thompson)

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17 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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as well as one round trip Bangkok-Vancouver ticket from China Airlines and a great looking BlackBerry Torch. Given the lack of rain at this years event, the Canadians were also afforded their 2nd straight year of Boat Races. The Canada Day Committee thanks Ambassador Hoffmann and Don Lavoie for taking the lead in officiating at this years races. Once again, it was sanook-filled Thai team anchored by Canadian Simon Neville that dominated the 2011 Boat Races. In closing, we would like to thank the 2011 Canada Committee members, volunteers and the events graphic design support team for delivering another great community event: Active Canada Day Committee Members: Michael Albert, Amy Albert, Germain Bergeron, Chip Bowness, Dawn Lynn Bowness, John Casella, Neil Chiu, Sam Cohen, Sumon Cohen, Claudia van der Heyden, Don Lavoie, Daniele Lavoie, and Randy Shockley, John Stevens, Bernie Tweedie and Pauline Tweedie. Event Day Volunteers: Sranyoo Chante, Pierre Chouinard, Andre van der Hayden, Tamera (Tammy) Kraisri, Jim Lim, Dylan Powers, Siti Servo, Logan St. John-Smith and Narumol (Yui) Wongmas Graphic Support: We thank John Stevens and Thanya Jatuprayoon of Point of View (POV) Media Group for the time they spent developing this years event poster. We look forward to seeing you at next years Canada Day Celebration on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

18: John Casella & Ambassador Hoffman presenting the Grand Prize Club Med-Phukett stay 19. 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. John Casella & 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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The Canada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception photos gallery

The Canada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception

Elevating Canadas Profile in Thailand

In helping to raise Canadas profile on the occasion of its 144th birthday, the Embassy of Canada and the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce conducted numerous activities during this years "Canada Week" celebration from June 27th to July 1st. The week involved a series of events including the release of a Special Edition June 2011 Voyageur magazine and a speaker luncheon featuring H. E. Mackenzie Clugston, Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN.

owever, the cornerstone of the week was the Canada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception on June 30th which marked 50 years of bilateral relations between our two countries. Invitees to the celebration included numerous honored guests and individuals who play a significant role in strengthening and building this vital relationship including Thai government officials, business leaders, media representatives and others. The reception offered an outstanding night of high level networking opportunities and was positioned to support and build on existing Canada-Thailand relations. In total, over 700 invited guests participated in this years reception at the Four Seasons Hotel which offered an opportunity to showcase Canada, Canadian companies and Canadians. Helping the TCCC and Embassy of Canada to lay the foundation for this great event were a select group of Principle Sponsors including the premier Canadian companies of Bombardier, Four Seasons Hotel, Research In Motion (Blackberry) and the joint venture team of Scotiabank and Thanachart Bank. The events Contributing Sponsors were represented by the Government of Alberta, Canadian Aircraft Engineering (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 John Casella and Defense Attach Colonel Romas Blekatis with his wife, Heather Leia-Blekatis. Adding a true Canadian feel to the reception were two RCMP Constables dressed in traditional Red Serge

serving as honor guards and helping to greet arriving guests. The TCCC 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 Hoffman and TCCC President, Mr. John Casella who both provided brief opening remarks. Following their presentations, they were joined on stage by the children of the Lertlah School Choir who delighted the attendees with their anthem performances. The event venue featured a classical quartet playing soft background music, a projected photographic display of Canadas most historic and beautiful sites and an opportunity to learn more about each Premier Sponsors products and services. Additionally, the guests were treated to a wide offering of outstanding hors doeuvres and appetizers served up by the Four Seasons, plus some great wines and Moose Head beer. Again, the TCCC and Embassy of Canada thanks the Principal Sponsors of Bombardier, Four Seasons Hotel, Research in Motion (RIM) and the Scotiabank - Thanachart Bank JV, as well as the Contributing 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 in Thailand. Continued on page 10 August 2011

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The Canada-Thailand 50th Anniversary Reception photos gallery

Celebrating 50 Years
Principle Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsors:


1. Ambassador Hoffmann and Khun Jesse enjoying a chat 2. The Embassy of Canada Team 3. Andrea and Ambassador Hoffmann with M. R. Malinee Chakrabhandhn 4. Doug with Embassy staff 5. (L to R) General Teeradej Meepien, Khun Kiat Sittheeamorn and Ambassaor Ron Hoffmann watching the Lertlah Choirs performance. 6. The Lertlah School Choir 7. 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 Andrea Hoffmann receiving the President of the Senate, General Teeradej Meepien 10. The Hoffmanns welcoming Khun Kiat Sittheeamorn, President of Thailands Trade Representative 11. Ambassador Hoffmann and Andrea welcoming Khun Vanchai Chirathivat, Chairman of Central Group 12. Ambassador Hoffmann with Bombardier guests 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 events Official 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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Chamber News

Baan Nong Pai villagers

share in the fun of Canada Day
uring this year's Canada Day event, the TCCC hosted the Population & Community Development Association team which 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 (Khun Amphorn) and the villagers from Baan Nong Phai (Khun Taai, Khun Naai, and Khun Pin). According to Paul Salvette, PA to Mechai Viravaidya, they really enjoyed the festivities and were delighted to have had the opportunity to meet their sponsors from the ThaiCanadian Chamber of Commerce. We all look forward to share more time with Baan Nong Pai villagers in the month ahead.

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L to R: Khun Amphorn, PDA Field Officer and Baan Nong Pai villagers Khun Taai, Khun Naai, and Khun Pin

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