Consul General of Canada in Shanghai delivers New Year speech    Date:2016-02-05

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Weldon Epp

Consul General of Canada in Shanghai



Hello, I am Consul General of Canada in Shanghai Weldon Epp.


2015 marked the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. Innovation is a main focus in the social and economic development, and the planning of Shanghai. The city of Innovation is really an appealing platform.


Last year, Canada's famous innovation brand Cirque du Soleil cooperated with the Fosun Group, a well-known company based in Shanghai. They have just opened a new office this year.


Another good example is the Ottawa–Shanghai Joint School of Medicine, a joint program between the University of Ottawa and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Students can finish the courses from uOttawa in Shanghai and graduates can also apply for doctor's qualification certificates in China, Canada or the United States.So we think we have very strong collaboration in terms of scientific and technological innovation and there will be more development in the future.


Lots of people ask about the cooperation and development between the two countries on the "One Belt and One Road" strategy. Firstly, I'd like to say that the strategy proposed by President Xi has received a lot attention from many countries.


On the margin of the last G20 summit in Turkey, Canada's newly elected Prime Minister met with President Xi. We are optimistic to see that companies in Canada and China will continue to cooperate.


Speaking of the city of Shanghai, I have been living here for almost half a year. It continues to amaze me how much the city has developed after my first visit 20 years ago. My family and I feel very comfortable and convenient to live here, both in work and private life.


Finally, on behalf of all my colleagues in the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, I wish all of the viewers of a health and prosperous Chinese New Year. Thank you!