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2015 Reflections

By: Brian Cheng



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Time really flies; in a blink of an eye we’re heading into the holiday season and the end of the year is in sight once again. I want to take this opportunity to reflect on Asian Without Borders (AWB)’s achievements in 2015.


We started the year with Professor Chris Bell presenting “The Art of Negotiations”, Part 1, where he walked us through the intricacy and strategies of negotiations. Next, we had an event presented by our sponsor, Investors Group, on “Sales Tactics for Non-Sales People”. Our speaker, Cora Chen, showed AWB members how to use professional sales tactics to better present and market ourselves. During the summer, we had a great turn-out for our Annual General Meeting at Big Daddies where we welcomed our new Board of Director, Kelly Yang. I was also re-elected to the Board of Directors and will continue on in my capacity as the President of AWB. In the fall, we learned how to navigate the moral challenges of the modern corporate environment with Peter Yuen, who helped us choose between “Right” and “Right” decisions through the understanding of values and principles. Finally, we ended the year on a high note with Part 2 of “The Art of Negotiations” with Professor Chris Bell.


We shared a number of wonderful blogs and articles this year with our members. We had the opportunity to interview Angela Sum, Fashion Engineer, who left her investment banking career to purse her dreams of being a fashion designer. We learned the ins and outs of marketing from Peter Woo, Marketing Manager at Maple Leaf Foods. Angie Lau, a multi-award winning journalist and Bloomberg Television program host, shared with us her struggles and joys of being in a male-dominate industry. AWB members got a productivity increase from the tips and advice shared by Edmund Chien, Sun Life Financial Advisor. Many great articles were shared with AWB members by Dr. Nedd, President of International Stress Control Centre and Stressdoctors.com and Diana YK Chan, Founder of MyMarketability. Our volunteers wrote a number of event summaries for the benefit of our members who were unable to attend.


This year has been filled with excitement and growth for AWB. However, these accomplishments were not without their challenges and difficulties. Like many other organizations, AWB faced resource constraints and volunteer turnover and this required everyone to rush from one project to another to ensure our newsletters and events were held on time. During the hectic schedule of the year, it is very easy to lose sight of long term goals when dealing with immediate deadlines. This is why it is important to take the time and reflect on and perhaps rediscover one’s own goals at the end of the year, so the New Year can be welcomed with renewed passion and a better sense of direction.


Putting this advice into practice, the AWB Board of Directors held a meeting where the 2015 events and articles were reviewed to determine if they were reflective of AWB’s three pillars:


1) Soft skills development

2) Growing leaders of tomorrow

3) Career exploration


At this meeting, all the directors shared their reasons for volunteering for AWB and what they hope AWB will accomplish. It was a passionate meeting where all directors reaffirmed their commitment and support for the vision of AWB. I am confident that all our members can look forward to another exciting year in 2016 with AWB.


On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season! See you in 2016!



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Brian Cheng



About Brian


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Brian Cheng is the president of Asian Without Borders (AWB). Brian works for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Vice President of Corporate Audit. He holds both the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and the American Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in addition to the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification. Outside of work, Brian also serves on the University of Toronto Alumni Association Committee and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Sony Centre of Performing Arts.



Over the Rainbow, the Legend Glows

By: Shelley Li


It was a dark, stormy October 31st Halloween night where the owls howled and the witches blazed across the sky on their almighty broomsticks…but several Asians Without Borders (AWB) members were rising in high spirits as they volunteered at the 2015 Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala organized by the Asian Business Network Association (ABNA).


The event took place at the Sheraton Parkway hotel, where six recipients of the 2015 Chinese Canadian Legend Award were presented with the Award: Dr. Helen Chan, Prof. Thomas Chang, Mr. John Chen, Dr. Chit-Chan Gunn, Mr. Alec Hou, and Ms. Ida Li. The recipients were chosen based on their personal struggles to succeed despite adverse conditions, their fearless and courageous spirit, achievements, contributions, and their motivating impact on their friends and the community.


Chinese Canadian Legend Organizing Committee Co-chair Ms. Alexandra Ngan highlighted this year's theme, 'Over the Rainbow, the Legend Glows', which embodies the spirit of Chinese Canadian Legend Award: “And that is to rise above challenges in face of adversity, stay positive and give our best,” she says. “We hope that the legendary stories of our awardees will inspire and encourage each and every one of us to live a life as luminous as the rainbow, and be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”


VIPs who attended the gala included former Senator Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba His Honour Philip Lee, Meric Gertier, President of University of Toronto, Mr. Zhang Chuanbing, Deputy Consul-General of China in Toronto, Mr. Michael Chan, the Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Mayor of Markham Mr. Frank Scarpitti, city councillors and over 400 distinguished guests.

Building leaders of tomorrow is a mandate for AWB, and the ABNA gala was definitely an eye-opening experience for the AWB volunteers to witness exemplary leadership demonstrated by the award recipients and distinguished guests in their respective fields. The AWB volunteers were also given the opportunity to meet the attendees of the gala and build their professional networks with these inspirational leaders.


Awards aside, the gala also consisted of spectacular performances. The ceremony was opened by the Band of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship York, and followed by a dance performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by 30 beautiful ballerinas from Georgia’s Dance & Arts Culture Centre. World-renowned violinist Susanne Hou, daughter of award recipient Alec Hou, and famous Canadian singer Michael Ciufo graced the stage with their performances. The grand finale of the gala followed Ciufo's powerful and touching song “I'll Never Walk Alone” which concluded the evening with a glorious touch of rainbow.

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