WPC is Western Canada’s largest government relations and public policy consulting firm.
Our location in Vancouver, British Columbia provides a geographic window to the Pacific Rim, and our corporate team has strong credentials in doing business with China for more than 25 years.
Our practice provides a focus for Asia-Pacific business and government relations development for incoming China and Asia based companies intending to do business in North America.
WPC is uniquely positioned to assist Asian companies wishing to conduct business in Western Canada. WPC provides Asian companies with broad based advice regarding Canadian business practices including procurement practices, negotiating practices and strategies, government relations, human resource and cultural advice.
WPC’s experience includes:
- Direct, in-country PR China experience working with Fortune 500-level companies entering the PR China market, conducting negotiations with China state-owned companies and private firms;
- Assisting firms from China in doing business in North America, advising on government regulatory regimes, policy issues, legislative matters, labour relations issues, trade issues and other business development related matters
- WPC staff led a strong, three country trade mission recently to Korea, Taiwan and Japan on behalf of a clean energy client, organizing trade show participation, B2B meetings, managing relationships with government agencies and departments and helping secure key trade contracts for clients.
- We are currently acting for a major North American law firm assisting in establishing partnerships in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and leading a mission to continue negotiations in that regard in three key cities.
- WPC acts for a BC First Nation in developing markets in Asia.
Our staff have undertaken major trade missions and trade show efforts for clients in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, People's Republic of China, the Philippines and Hong Kong, and have assisted in structuring joint ventures and direct investments in a variety of sectors.
We have developed strong relationships with Asian government department staff in key sectors, and with Canada's foreign affairs staff in embassies and consulates and trade offices.
Our Asia Practice team
accompanied Premier W.R. (Bill) Bennett on his first formal BC Trade Mission to China in 1984 and this initiative jump-started British Columbia’s now long and prosperous relationship with China. Over the years, Mike has assisted numerous clients with targeted business development initiatives to China, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
brings a wealth of experience in communications and event planning. Fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, she was asked by Canadian Heritage to work as a translator and business liaison host at the Canada Pavilion in the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
In addition, Carolyn was a business event host representing BC’s Ministry of Finance at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and worked to support BC companies from a variety of industry sectors in making business connections through the BC Canada Pavilion. Aside from interacting with politicians, dignitaries, international visitors and the media in Chinese, she was also responsible for organizing and emceeing business events hosted by then Premier Gordon Campbell and former Deputy Minister to the Premier, Jessica McDonald.
Carolyn has received official media and Chinese cultural training from both the BC Government and the Government of Canada.