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Departing with a Sweet Taste of Canada

Chinese Executive MBA candidates from Sun Yat-sen University enjoy another successful week-long trip to Ottawa with Telfer Executive MBA

The Telfer Executive MBA hosted more than 35 candidates from the Sun Yat-sen University Executive MBA program from Guangzhou, P.R. China., during the week of October 2 – 7, 2016.

This was the final stop for these senior executives as a component of the Program's “Overseas Business Trip”. The group spent their first week within North America in executive development programs several US Ivy League schools.

The agenda for the week was a blend of academic, practical site-visits and networking opportunities to reinforce a positive perspective of Canada with many business opportunities for the Chinese.

The week began with a Welcome Dinner Reception held at the Mill Street Brew Pub on Wellington on Sunday evening. The attendees that included staff, professors, Telfer Executive MBA Alumni Association Representatives and past and current class presidents welcomed the group to Ottawa within hours of their plane landing on the Ottawa International Airport tarmack.


The academic portion, presented by Telfer’s prominent faculty, focused on competitive intelligence Global Economics and wrapping up with self-leadership.


Site visits and executive briefings were scheduled on the days between class sessions.

Tuesday brought the group to the Byward Market for an executive briefing at an Ottawa-based technology company, Kivuto Solutions. Vivek Raju, EMBA 2016 and AVP, Operations provided an overview of their product line and history. Nearing the 20th anniversary of business, Kivuto Solutions is a pioneer of advanced digital distribution solutions, holding a significant footprint in the global market offering services in more than 195 countries. Kivuto has with strong international client base and relationships with leading content owners such as Microsoft, Adobe, VMware, Pearson and Nelson.


Candidate with Coin Photo Opportunity at RCM The group made a quick stop at Yangzhe in Chinatown for Dim Sum before heading to Sussex Drive for a private tour and some shopping at the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM).  While Canadian’s equate the RCM with the money that is in their wallets in addition to the Vancouver Olympic Game medals which were produced in the RCM’s Ottawa facility, the RCM also holds an extensive global market reach. With practices that are among the industry’s most stringent, analytical labs that rank among the world's best and durable, affordable and high-quality produce, the Royal Canadian Mint holds a competitive advantage globally in minting innovative coins for central banks, monetary authorities and other mints. The RCM has produced more than 52 billion coins for an extensive list of countries since beginning this practice. 


Sun Yat sen Executives with Mayor of Ottawa Jim WatsonThe keynote event of the week was held on Wednesday evening.  Over 130 members of Ottawa’s business community joined the Sun Yat-sen University Executive MBA candidates for the University of Ottawa / Sun Yat-sen Business Delegation Dinner Reception held in the Adam Room at the Chateau Laurier.

Like Telfer Executive MBA candidates, the Sun Yat-sen Executive MBA Candidates are also business executives from a broad spectrum of industry disciplines including financial, investment, construction, tourism, manufacturing and technology. They represent a strong network for build relationships and to build future business opportunities for Ottawa and Canada. It was therefore an imperative initiative to provide the business networking platform for Ottawa executives to meet and discuss synergies over a delicious meal with our Chinese counterparts.

Special guests included Mayor of Ottawa His Worship Jim Watson, and senior executives from the University of Ottawa.


Tractor Ride at Mountain OrchardThe leisure industry was the focus of the second day of sight visits.

A favourite fall activity of many Ottawa residents, the group journey down Highway 416 to Mountain Orchards for a morning of apple picking. Met by Shelley, one of the owners of the Orchard, she explained the history of the Orchards including their nearly 10,000 trees that are direct descendants of the original McIntosh Red apple tree discovered in the early 1800s by John McIntosh in Dundela, Ont. The group was positively surprised to hear that the orchard, which is 45 minutes south of Ottawa, had over 10,000 visitors the weekend before.  Candidates had the opportunity to partake on a tractor ride and pick fresh apples from the trees before departing.

Heading through the colouring leaves of the hillsides in Quebec, the group toured to Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Quebec for a few hours at the aerial park ziplining fun with Telfer Executive MBA alumni and owner, Peter Sudermann, EMBA 2001. 

Group of Candidates at Certificate Ceremony

The week came to a close on Friday afternoon with Dean François Julien presenting each candidate with a certificate of completion of their Overseas Academic Exchange and a small gift of the 'sweet taste' of Canada - a bottle of Canadian Maple Syrup. 

The Telfer Executive MBA Class of 2018 joined the Sun Yat-sen candidates following the end of the class day to begin celebrating another Canadian tradition, Thanksgiving weekend, through a small celebration of holiday treats. 

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