February 26, 2007

Feb. 26, 2007: At the confluence of two rivers ...

Of Generosity and Business

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Nov. 5, 2006
Nov. 6, 2006: Charity begins ... in Hong Kong - China


Hong Kong-based Li Ka-shing of Hutchison Whampoa, Husky Energy, White Rose, Cheung Kong Construction, and many other Canadian businesses

A "Canadian Charitable Foundation"

[....] The foundation recently filed its first financial report with the Canada Revenue Agency, or CRA, and it shows that nearly all of the charity's gifts in 2005 went outside Canada.

[....] The Aga Khan and U.S. billionaire George Soros have set up several foundations to give money way on a global basis and ....

In general, Canadian tax laws make it difficult for foundations in this country to donate money abroad. But charity experts say pressure for change could come soon as more foreign-born Canadians start establishing private foundations with a desire to make international gifts. [....]

Although Calvert didn't emphasize uranium, the China trip comes some 10 months after federal officials said Canada and China have agreed to work together in the energy sector, including "the uranium resources field." [....]

Search: Husky Energy Inc. , medical research and knowledge translation initiatives , Chinese University in Hong Kong, Shantou University in mainland China

There is more.

Billionaire Li Ka-shing: East meets West in new medicine exchange program , April 2003, Page 34 , Univ. of Manitoba Alumni -- or here


Medical students from both sides of the Pacific will gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures and medical know-how through a new exchange program between the University of Manitoba and Shantou University.

Hong Kong-based global entrepreneur and philanthropist Li Ka-shing is helping establish the exchange program with a gift of $1 million. [He gave money to St. Michael's, as well, within the last year or so. ]

Xu Xiao-hu, president of Shantou University, said that students from Shantou University will benefit from “exposure to state-of-the-art clinical and research experience in a developed country.” Shantou University is located in the city of Shantou, Guangdong Province, China.

... the transfer of technology and knowledge [....]

The new exchange program will give medical students in Shantou University and the University of Manitoba the opportunity to share views in terms of both academic and cultural experiences.

... work together on research projects.

Patrick Choy, associate dean (research) in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine, said....

[....] students participating in the exchange will study traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Founded in 1981 by Li Ka-shing, Shantou University consists of eight schools and colleges with 7,000 students. Programs include liberal arts, science, engineering, medicine, law, business, art and adult education.

While Shantou University Medical College has participated in a number of such academic collaborations, this is the first one with a Canadian university.

Two students from each university will participate in the exchange each year. The first student from Shantou University is scheduled to visit the University of Manitoba in Fall 2003. The exchange program will also increase the research strength of both institutions by periodically bringing researchers to their partner university.

Choy is confident successful research collaborations will emerge once students and faculty from the two universities begin working together. [....]



[....] Premier Lorne Calvert is leading the Oct. 17th to 29th trade mission, which includes approximately 40 business, community and academic leaders as participants. Team Saskatchewan will hold over 60 meetings with Asian business and government leaders to promote new business relationships in potash, energy, agriculture and agricultural machinery, telecommunications, film production, forestry, tourism and research and development.

"Hong Kong, China and Japan are among the world's – and Saskatchewan's – biggest importers and sources of investment, and Kazakhstan is a vital and growing market for us," Calvert said.

Highlights of the mission include two keynote speeches by the premier on the "Saskatchewan Powerhouse" to the Canadian Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Japan. The delegation will meet in Hong Kong with Hutchison Wampoa Ltd. (parent company of Husky Energy) and the Noble Group; in China with Sinochem (potash), China National Cereals, Oils and Food Stuffs Corporation (COFCO), the China National Petroleum Corporation, Chinese film producers, the National People's Congress, and various Ministries; and in Japan with Hitachi, Sapporo Breweries, Nippon Flour Mills, the Idemitsu, Overseas Uranium Resources Development (OURD), Japan-Canada Uranium Company Limited (JCU) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) uranium companies and Japanese outbound tourism operators.

A number of new co-operation agreements will be signed on the mission, including agreements between the University of Regina and Jinan University, between the University of Saskatchewan and the Beijing Institute of Technology, and between the China National Petroleum Corporation and the Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre.

Uranium Saskatchewan Development

China interested in Sask. uranium, Calvert says , Oct. 25, 2005 -- here


[....] Calvert said the rapidly growing economy in China makes it a strong market for Saskatchewan's potash, forestry and energy industries.

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