On November 16, 2017, the Hong Kong Canada Business Association will welcome the Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, to a Luncheon. This is an opportunity for members of Association to meet Minister Ralston, to increase awareness about the provincial government’s mandate for trade and investment, and to gain insight about British Columbia's active and ongoing engagement with Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.
On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan appointed Minister Ralston to Cabinet to serve as Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Minister Ralston’s mandate includes developing B.C.’s national and international trade relations and growing strategic relationships and international partnerships.
11:50 – 12:15 Registration
12:15 – 12:20 Welcome, Paul Gibbons, President - HKCBA Vancouver
12:20 – 12:40 Lunch
12:40 – 13:05 Minister Bruce Ralston
13:05 – 13:20 Q&A
13:20 – 13:30 Wrap-up and Thanks - Paul Gibbons, President - HKCBA Vancouver
Member Table of 10: $800 + GST
Non Member Individual Ticket: $95 + GST
Non Member Table of 10: $900 + GST
Bruce Ralston operated his own law firm in Surrey for many years, and continues to maintain his membership in the Law Society of British Columbia.
From 1995 to 2006, Bruce was elected to four consecutive terms as a member of the VanCity Savings Credit Union board of directors. He served as a chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, BC Business magazine recognized Bruce as one of B.C.’s five leading board chairs. From 2003 until 2005, Bruce acted as the chair of the board of VanCity Enterprises, a VanCity subsidiary with a mandate to provide innovative housing solutions throughout the Lower Mainland.
Bruce also served as a councillor on Surrey City Council for 1988 to 1993, where he advocated for planned development for healthy neighbourhoods for Surrey families. He is a former member of the boards of directors of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Surrey Public Library.
A former president of the BCNDP, Bruce was born in Victoria and grew up in Vancouver. He has degrees in history and law from the University of British Columbia and a degree in history from the University of Cambridge in England.
Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children who grew up in Whalley and attended public schools in Surrey and New Westminster.