Reportage: Ontario-oh-oh! Canadian firms ink deals with HK gov’t, business

From WKCD structures and fintech, to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Arctic adventures, Canada’s biggest province is doing the deals with Hong Kong. WKCD, museums, Ocean Park and Cyberport get in on the action.


West Kowloon Cultural District’s Duncan Pescod was among those inking deals with the Canadian Province of Ontario’s business community last week at the Harbour Grand Hotel in North Point.

Secretary for Financial Services KC Chan, along with Canadian Consul General Ian Burchett, welcomed the delegations of Ontario based, Hong Kong and Shenzhen companies signing deals.



The West Kowloon Cultural District selected JET Architecture to design the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion (aka Bamboo Theatre) in partnership with VPANG and Lisa Cheung. The $174 million HKD ($30 million CAD) project was open to over 100 competitors. The firm is also bidding for work on a HK-Shenzhen Border crossing project.

Former Hong Konger Michael Chan (陳國治), the Ontario Minister for Citizenship and Immigration and International Trade also presided over the ceremony.

Other deals signed by government and related bodies included:


The Hong Kong Science and Technology Museum

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Museum signed a letter of intent with Science North to host its traveling Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition. The value of the project is C$300,000.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park also signed a letter of intent with Science North to purchase custom interactive Arctic-themed exhibits from Science North.

The Hong Kong Science Museum

The Hong Kong Science Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to host a special traveling exhibition from the Ontario Science Centre.


Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co., Ltd., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District to collaborate on the promotion of information and communications technologies that have applications in financial industries.

Andrew Work

Andrew Work is the CEO of New Work Media, publisher of Harbour Times.
He has run The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, founded The Lion Rock Institute and has over 25 years engagement in media, politics, policy and community engagement.


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