Two University Waterloo Alumni Turned Entrepreneurs – Startups and their Visits to Hong Kong

Two University Waterloo Alumni Turned Entrepreneurs – Startups and their Visits to Hong Kong




As the University of Waterloo celebrates its 60 years of innovation, we see a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs and researchers interested in engaging in the Hong Kong space. With the support from Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Bureau, the city is truly becoming the forefront of innovation in Asia.

We recently had 2 University of Waterloo alumni turned entrepreneurs visit Hong Kong.

  1. Michael Litt (BASc ‘11) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidyard, a leading Canadian adtech startup which helps business succeed through the power of video. Michael was recently in town for the RISE conference, where he was a panel speaker on the topic of ‘programming your customer pipeline’. Michael shared the significance of company culture and employment alignment to the company’s values in ensuring success. Vidyard is currently looking for collaboration opportunities in Asia and are working with companies like GoAnimate in Hong Kong. To date, Vidyard has attracted $60 million in venture capital funding and 1,000 global customers and currently on their way to becoming a unicorn start-up company.

2. Another University of Waterloo alumnus entrepreneur who visited Hong Kong recently was John Grousopolous (BASc ‘17), Co-Founder and CEO of Vivaspire, creating lightweight oxygen generation machines that refill themselves from the air around them. Vivaspire was one of the Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund – Jumpstarter Semi-Pitch Finalists on Wearables, IOT, and Edutech, where they took home the most innovative award, a 10,000 USD cash prize. Vivaspire have Hong Kong and Shenzhen on their horizons, looking for opportunities in both the mass-production and sales of their product. Hong Kong continues to attract Canadian entrepreneurs as it is provides an easy access to the China market. 



Great Meeting Great People Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee

August 22 Tuesday Evening Post Summer Get together – Drinks and New Ideas and Sharing

– Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resort: Business and Social Enterprise Balance – Building Resorts and Contributing to the Local Community


– Christopher Dillon, Principal, Dillon Communications; Writer; Entrepreneur: Life Work Balance: Running a Successful Business and Finding a Life-long Hobby which is a Passion

Great Meeting Great People


Amelie Dionne-Charest  and Ben Ross

Natalia Lech, Brendan Warren, Dickson Wong, Eric Cheng, Henry Chan, James Thomson-Sakhrani

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“A Very Canadian Dinner” – October 16 – Exclusive for You

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A Very Canadian Dinner”

Presented by CanChamHK’s Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee

Supported by the Governors’ Council,
The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macao,


Alberta Hong Kong Office

This Dinner will be a rare opportunity for Chamber Members to gather together on a special evening with the Governors, the ExCo Members and Committee Leaders to take note of 150 years of Canada and celebrate over a “Very Canadian” Dinner together.

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee has been conducting a series of Canadian Food events since 2015 to promote our members in the Canadian Food distribution and retail sector.

Now the Chamber is proud to present a Very Canadian Dinner to showcase Canadian food. Our Chef will bring you a memorable experience with Canadian ingredients, wines, dishes and dessert! 



Crispy Parsnips, Truffle Parsnips Mayonnaise, Anchovies Caviar



Lobster Meat, Vegetables, Smoked Bacon


PH Poutine / Portobello Mushroom / Green Pepper Sauce



Crushed Purple Potatoes, Saffron & Little Neck Clams Beurre Blanc


Pumpkin, Green Apple Sauce, Pop Corn


 KRAFT MAC & CHEESE/ Québec  /

Avocado, Rocket, Crispy Bread Crumb

WARM PECAN PIE / British Columbia /

Maple Syrup, Mascarpone & Cointreau Foam



Chantilly French Cream Liqueur


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May 23 Welcome Canada and Hong Kong: A Forum for SMEs, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

May 23 Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee – Hello Canada and Hong Kong: Meeting SMEs, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Photo Credits: Richard Wright

Special Welcome from Toronto: Raj Dewan, Partner, McMillan LLP

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  1. Special Welcome from Toronto: Raj Dewan, Partner, McMillan LLP

2. Presentation by

  • Dr Cédric Jeannot, Aprivacy
  • Ruth Benny, Top Schools

3. Presenting GoAnimate: Awarded as the Best Business Solution Grand Award in the Hong Kong ICT Awards – Billy Chung

4. Introducing new member Emma Kenyon, Aetna International


Dr Cédric Jeannot, Aprivacy, Ruth Benny, Top Schools, Billy Chung, GoAnimate Limited, Christopher Dillon, Dillon Communications, Emma Kenyon, Aetna International, Henry Chan, Founder, ThinkAct,  Alan Lau, CORPORATE TRAVELLER, Dr. Katherine Dale,  Mika Fion Tsoi, University of Waterloo Hong Kong Foundation, Manuele Bosetti, PRO Position, Polly Tang, EY, Parker Robinson, The Word Factory, Richard Wright, Nick Waters, ISD, HKSAR, Madeleine Behan (Co-Chair)


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A Tour to remember Visit to blueprint – Swire Properties – by members of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee

Looking Back and Going Forward — A Tour to remember:

CanCham Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee Meeting

Visit to Blueprint at Cornwall House 

blueprint, Swire Properties – the first Hong Kong developer to launch a co-working community, using the brand blueprint – has received a strong response from young entrepreneurs. 

September 20th, 2016 9am – 10.30am (Tuesday) Attended by our Members : 

  • Madeleine Behan, Co-Chair of the Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee
  • Jim Wang, Groveland Financials
  • Michael Wong, University of Waterloo, Hong Kong Foundation
  • Mika Fion Tsoi, University of Waterloo, Hong Kong Foundation
  • Parker Robinson, The Word Factory 
  • Richard Wright
  • Brian Li, Clifford
  • Andrew Jones, Sanctuary Resort
  • Joe Lee, Omege One Trade
  • Beatrice Fan, Baker Tilly Hong Kong
  • Anna Leondardo, AD Medilink 
  • Henry Chan, ThickAct
  • Carol Chan, CanCham Secretariat
  • Barbara Mok, CanCham Secretariat

The Tour was conducted by Michelle Buultjens, Head of Operations of blueprint, Swire Properties’ tech focused accelerator and co-working space in Hong Kong.  Firstly, Michelle introduced blueprint and then introduced us to their start-ups including two Canadian companies.  



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The Forum for New Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Start-ups

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee Meeting provides a forum for us to share new business ideas and entrepreneurial projects.

In one of our meetings, Billy Chung presents  the services of his company GoAnimate:

GoAnimate was awarded the Best Business Solution Grand Award in the Hong Kong ICT Awards, 2017.

A monthly sharing and networking


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Tonight Signature Event “How I Started: How I Made It”

Signature Series:
Starting, Managing and Marketing a New Business
or Entrepreneurial Venture Part 5

April 26, 2017 6.30pm – 8pm

How I Started, How I Made It
Presented by the
Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee

The “How I Started: How I Made It (Or How I am Still Making It!)” Series brings current and aspiring entrepreneurs together to share experiences about the challenges they face in establishing and operating a business in Hong Kong including the Asia Pacific Region and Canada. Therefore, the Panel will be helpful to those who are looking for new ideas, different business strategies, solutions to business problems, or more profitable ways of doing things

This Seminar is a Journey of an Entrepreneur in a Medical Practice in our business community.

In this Seminar we will explore Dr. Bramley’s experience including the challenges of setting up a practice in Hong Kong when she first arrived in Hong Kong in 1996. She will also discuss why she chose Hong Kong to start her business. Most importantly, Dr. Bramley will also share with us the strategies she has used to help her achieve her goals through this entrepreneurial journey including how she successfully planned for her second clinic in Whistler.


Dr. Lauren Bramley, MD, CCFPC (Canada), LMCHK
Founder and CEO of Dr. Lauren Bramley & Partners

Dr. Lauren Bramley is the Founder and Managing Director of her namesake Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary medical and dental practice. She also recently established a second clinic in Whistler Lauren Bramley & Partners Health Innovation, specialising in anti-aging medicine and procedures.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Psychology from Dalhousie University in Novia Scotia, she went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree from the University of British Columbia, along with the Sandoz Scholarship for Excellence in Medicine (Neurology) in 1994.

Dr. Bramley relocated to the HKSAR in 1996, where she earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Endocrinology and Metabolism from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She became a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Hong Kong in 2000 and established her first independent medical practice in 2001.

In 2009 she completed Board Certification in Anti Aging Medicine with Great Distinction in the EU, and maintains ongoing active membership in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), a US federally registered non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease.


Christopher Dillon
Principal of Dillon Communications

Christopher Dillon is the principal of Dillon Communications, a Hong Kong–based corporate communications firm providing writing, consulting and training services.

Over more than two decades, he has provided communications services to some of the world’s most successful companies, including Airport Authority Hong Kong, Bechtel, BrandLoyalty, Deloitte, the Economist Group, Manulife, Munich Re and Wal-Mart.

Christopher is also the author of the Landed series of real estate books. An accomplished trainer, he appears regularly in the local and international media and speaks at events throughout Asia.

This Seminar is hosted by Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong co-chaired by Anthony and Madeleine Behan

Title Sponsor of the Signature Series: Baker Tilly Hong Kong

Venue Sponsor: The Executive Centre

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