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Join us for the... 22nd TCCC Annual General Meeting


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    A publication of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 02 / 2012

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    22nd TCCC Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel

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    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 membersand 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

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    Scand-Media Corp., Ltd.Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166 ext.151 or 08-1866-2577


    Calendar of events: TCCC

    CCBAUpcoming events in the region:

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2012; 11:30 am 2:00 pmWHAT: Speaker Luncheon: Dr. Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, Deputy Director - General,

    Department of ASEAN Affairs will talk on the ASEAN-Canada: 35 Years of Partnership and Friendship

    WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok PRICE: 700 baht Members; 850 baht Non Members

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 2012; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmWHAT: Canuck Connections Networking Night WHERE: Bourbon St. Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Boutique Hotel. This networking will be held at

    Bourbon Streets new location (See event flyer for complete details) PRICE: Members - 200 baht; Guests & Non Members 400 baht

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 2012; 10:30 pm to Noon & 1:45 pm to 2:00 pmWHAT: 21st TCCC Annual General Meeting (AGM)WHERE: Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel (Asoke Rd) PRICE: No Charge (TCCC members annual business meeting)

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 2012; Noon 1:45 pmWHAT: AGM Speaker Luncheon: Mr. Isadore Reaud from Population & Community Development Association (PDA) will speak on the Village Development Partnership (VDP) and the TCCCs 2011 CY contributions to the village of Baan Nong PhaiWHERE: Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel (Asoke Rd) PRICE: 700 baht Members; 850 baht Non Members

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2012; 7:00 pm 9:00 pmWHAT: Canuck Connections - Meet the New Board Night WHERE: Bar Su - Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit HotelPRICE: 200 baht Members; 400 baht Non Members. Beer & wine Compliments of the TCCC

    (while supplies last).

    China: http://www.ccbc.comWHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2012; 4:00 pm - 9:00 pmWHAT: Shaun Rein: The end of cheap China and its implications for manufacturing sectorsWHERE: Please visit for more detailsPRICE: $30 fee includes admission to webcast on Feb. 16, Shaun Rein's book "The End

    of Cheap China" released in March, recording of the webcast for replay and full transcript & slides.

    Japan: http://www.cccj.or.jpWHEN: Friday, February 17, 2012; 6:30 pm onwardWHAT: Maple Leaf Tohoku Support Gala WHERE: The Grand Hyatt hotel in Tokyo PRICE: Please register at

    Philippines: www. WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2012; 8:30 am - 10:00 am WHAT: CanCham Executive Management Series WHERE: New World Hotel Makati CityPRICE: P1000 for members, P1500 for Non-members

    2011/2012 TCCC Executives

    Patron:His Excellency Ambassador Ron Hoffmann

    President John Casella Vice President Ali Fancy

    Vice President John Stevens Secretary Dr. Tim Cornwall Treasurer Michael Howard

    Executive Board:John Casella

    Sranyoo ChanateNeil Chiu

    Dr. Tim CornwallAli Fancy

    Michael HowardRon LivingstonGeoff McIntyre

    Alan NgSukanya Rattanavadee

    John StevensDerek van Pelt

    Embassy Representative:Ping Kitnikone

    Advisors:Raymond Bodemer

    Sam CohenSurachit Chanovan

    Zoltan KosaDon Lavoie

    Niccolo SozziPicharn Sukparangsee

    Michael WhitePeter Van Haren

    Executive Director:Randy Shockley

    Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower

    9th floor, Bangkok 10500Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087


    AGM Agenda10:30 Member arrival and registration11:00 Quorum reached and AGM declared open11:45 Ballot Box closed; members seated for lunch12:00 AGM Luncheon13:15 Luncheon Speaker - Mr. Isadore Reaud from Population & Community Development Association (PDA) will speak on the Village Development Partnership (VDP) and the TCCCs contributions to the village of Baan Nong Phai13:45 Announcement of new Board members14:00 Meeting Adjourned

    22nd TCCC Annual General MeetingWednesday, March 14, 2012Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel, 30 Sukhumvit 21 (Asoke) Road Klongtoey Nua, Wattana Bangkok, 10110, Thailand

    AGM Speaker Luncheon700 Baht (members), 850 Baht (non-members) (Corporate members can use their 2012 luncheon vouchers)

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    Chamber News

    The Great Canadian T

    his years Great Canadian BBQ was held on Saturday, January 28th and took on a little of that Home Alone feel as the Hoffmanns were not at

    the official residence to share in this years festivities. While Rons and Andreas travel commitments kept then from hosting this years event, wed like to personally thank them and the Embassy staff for all of their support in helping us to deliver a successful 2012 BBQ. In total, 140 individuals participated in this years event. As in prior years, the BBQ was rooted in the spirit of the Calgary Stampede and took place on the spacious and beautiful lawn of the Ambassadors official residence. This late afternoon event offered a relaxing family atmosphere, great Canadian comfort food, free flowing Canadian beer and wine, as well as an impressive supply of Bloody Caesars that were consumed with great enthusiasm. Our country and western music was provided by the always entertaining Outlaw Brothers Band. It almost goes without saying that nobody left this event hungry. A great BBQ buffet was delivered by our friends at the British Club that included a mixed green salad, Greek salad, chicken with cranberry salad, potatoe salad, pork ribs, hamburgers, chili burgers, sausages & hotdogs on buns, grilled chicken, beef kebabs, baked beans, chili, baked potatoes with fillings and dessert offerings of fresh seasonal Thai fruits, apple & blackberry crumble with custard and three flavors of ice cream. We were also fortunate to have an opportunity to taste-test the very delicious Yah Man Jerk Chicken provided by TCCC member Les Walsh and the Canadian owned, Pattaya Pickle Company. When it came time to select the BBQs Best Stampede Outfits in the Mens and Ladies categories, the judges were certainly offered up two excellent groups of qualified contestants (see event photos). However, the hands-down winner across both groups was Mrs. Julie Howard who exhibited a true sense of the Calgary Spirit with her great cowgirl attire. This years raffle draw was also very exciting as it offered several high value prizes including an eloquently framed reproduction of Van Goghs famous still life painting of a vase with 12 sunflowers donated by Natee International Law Office Limited, a Queens Diamond Jubilee - $5 pure gold coin provided by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and several top of the line skin treatments offered up Genesis Skin Care Klinic. If you missed the opportunity to participate in this years Great Canadian BBQ, we hope youll find time to share in the Chambers 2013 event.



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    Chamber News

    BBQ 2012Great Canadian BBQ 2012


    1. Ladies competing for a 12- pack of Moosehead in the Best Dressed Cowgirl Competition

    2. Socializing a major part of any BBQ

    3. The Howards looking marvelous

    4. The Livingston family real black belt cowboys

    5. This lady was the happy raffle draw winner of the beautifully framed reproduction of Van

    Goghs famous vase with 12 sunflowers donated by Natee International Law Office Limited

    6. Cant have a BBQ without a game of horse shoes

    7. Childrens game area sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

    8. Khun Yui & Khun Aomy welcoming the BBQ guests

    9. Members of the Outlaw Brothers band

    10. On this night, the Moosehead beer was free flowing and thoroughly enjoyed!

    11. The Casellas attended with friends from out of town

    12. Darwin Forer VP Asia, REDEV Properties with his two sons

    13. No bales of hay, but plenty of Cacti

    14. (R-L) Dr. Rujirat & Olivia pointing out the benefits of the Genesis Skin Klinik treatments

    15. Winners of the Best Dressed Cowboy & Cowgirl competition

    16. - 18. Cowboys and Cowgirls embracing the Stampede Spirit











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    Feature Story

    Perched at just below 1,700m Im atop one of Chiang Rai provinces tallest mountains, Doi Chaang, at a tiny coffee shop, sipping a latte and learn-ing about one of Thailands most successful coffee companies, Doi Chaang Coffee.

    I didnt even drink coffee before coming here more than 10 years ago, explains Khun Wicha Pro-myong, President of Doi Chaang Coffee. They had about 200

    acres of coffee trees at that time and I thought if we can grow more and bet