Please share a bit about yourself and your professional background.
I am fourth generation Chinese. My great grandfather ended up in California for the old Rush; my grandfather came here for the building of the CPR railway and ended up paying the head tax. My father worked for the Chinese version of Sysco and I, myself, was born in Vancouver. My ties to Canada are strong as my love for hockey.
I studied marketing and advertising at BCIT. I was also fascinated with China; when I was six, my father’s friend told me to start digging and I would reach China, so figuratively, I did. After graduating, I moved to China to study Wushu (martial arts) and graduated from the Beijing University of Physical Education.
When I returned to Vancouver in the 90s, I ventured into the tech space as a front end designer for Stockhouse Media. When the dotcom crash happened, I moved back to China, where I spent 15 years helping with foreign direct investment in the country. I helped the local government transform a underutilized building into a trade and investment centre by bring various government departments such taxation, commerce, and banks into the facility while building out a restaurant, entertainment centre, and a hotel to house prospective investors as guests. This provided a full turnkey solution for investors looking to break into the Chinese market to find partners for sales, distribution, or just to set up manufacturing.
Today, I am the President and CEO of Gold Ocean Capital Corp., a global advisory group that connects east to west and west to east, with a focus on China, through cross-cultural training, strategic advisory, and events. Our mission is to eliminate the friction of doing business across cultures. I am also a Director at the Canadian Club Vancouver, founder of Settlely Technology Corp., and Chapter Director of Startup Grind Vancouver.
What motivates you?
I am passionate about bringing cultures together and, in the process, developing new friendships. New business thus manifests itself. If you do the right thing consistently, things will fall into place. I’m motivated by giving
back before taking, making friends not network, and helping others before helping myself. Being honorable with integrity and cultivating virtue and class. Being able to help and share with others brings great pride, as we are so fortunate to have what we have in Canada.
What would you say is your biggest professional success to date?
My biggest professional success to date is helping bridge Canada and China. I met Canadian government delegations visiting China to establish trade relationships, and was honored to help them break through the subtleties of the culture, simplify the relationship building process, and get business done. It is with pride I can continue this work today. Recently, at the invitation of the Hero Club, I was asked to speak to 200 CEOs in New York about how to do business with China using the power of compassion. Only through tolerance does great compassion come out. We saw this with Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Gandhi. It was quite an experience when the insight provided sparked new business and an exchange of ideas.
Tell us about the Chinese New Year event you will be holding this February at TCC. What can members expect?
On Saturday, February 9, Gold Ocean Capital will be holding our Gold Ocean Lunar Fest Mingle at Terminal City Club. We bring diverse cultures together to celebrate a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year and the year of the pig. Start the night off snacking on traditional Chinese New Year food with wine in hand. Take in the tea ceremony tasting, folk paper cutting, and calligraphy while writing along with a famous calligraphy master. Hang Chinese lanterns and paper cuts and immerse yourself on a journey of Chinese traditional culture that spans 5,000 years. Enjoy an exclusive Chinese couture fashion show, pick up a lucky red packet, win prizes, gain business insights, and impress your Chinese clients with Chinese New Year greetings. In order to register, visit goldoceanlunarfest2019. eventbrite.ca
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy meditating daily as it puts life into perspective and allows me to have more gratitude for what life has to offer. Practicing and teaching Chinese martial arts is also a passion of mine, one that I have doing for over 30 years, and it keeps life in balance. Vancouver has so much to offer, whether that is hiking, snowshoeing or snowboarding. As a Canadian, hockey is in my blood and the Vancouver Canucks are my team.
Why did you join TCC?
Part of the reason I joined Terminal City Club was for the great facilities like the gym, which I use regularly. The monthly wine tastings allow me to entertain clients and some have joined as result. The TCC burger is a must-have, and the Easter and Christmas buffets leave me speechless. I also joined the Club for the intangibles, especially the great people that work here; their sincerity and authenticity shines through daily. Peter Jackman and team (too many to name) have really built something special. Everyone is so down-to-earth and humble. Club staff feel like family; this is really unique in today’s world where the personal touch is often lacking. The attention to detail is to be commended and everyone is so welcoming. In Chinese we have a saying “use your heart,” be authentic and a person of high morals. The Club definitely espouses this. I also value the camaraderie that has resulted with new friendships formed with fellow members who are great ambassadors for the Club. The culture is definitely contagious and TCC really is my home away from home.
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Unless otherwise specified, all areas of the Club, including the Grill Room, 1892, Cuvée Wine Bar, patios and private function rooms have a dress code of smart casual. Smart casual attire includes collared or turtle neck shirts, golf or knee length shorts, and dress pants. Similar attire is required for ladies. Denim is acceptable provided a collared shirt is worn and denim is of a solid colour with no fading, tears or patches.
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TO SNACK AND SHARE
warm potato chips 9
caramelized onion dip
confit tuna conserva 14
toasted baguette, preserved lemon, Mediterranean olives
cheese and charcuterie 24
selection of 3 cured meats and 3 artisanal cheeses, pickles, mustard, crostini
seafood tower 38
crab leg, poached prawns, scallop ceviche, marinated octopus, smoked salmon, rare ahi tuna, cocktail sauce, lemon aioli, wakami gomae
mezze plate 18
beet hummus, za’atar spiced Macedonian feta, marinated tomatoes, Castletravano olives, lavash
wagyu beef carpaccio nigiri 17
bonito mayo, pickled ginger, micro salad
crispy fried chicken 14
sumac spiced honey, sugar waffle shards
blistered shishito peppers 11
Aleppo chili, lime, smoked maldon, micro cilantro
satay trio 18
2 piece each
tandoori grilled salmon belly, raita
kabayaki glazed prawn, avocado salsa
grilled flank steak, hazelnut coconut sauce
sliders 5 each
Beef, caramelized onion, house pickle, pretzel bun
Salmon, tzaziki, cabbage slaw, pretzel bun
Chicken, lettuce, tomato, harissa aioli, pretzel bun
Quinoa vegetable, beet hummus, marinated tomato, pretzel bun
THE LIGHTER SIDE
north arm farm heirloom carrots 9
charred broccolini 9
potatoes mostarda 9
seasonal vegetables 9
fine herb butter
hand-cut kennabec fries 8
truffle aioli, chive
caesar salad 12
romaine, olive oil fried sourdough, white anchovies, parmesan
house-made beef burger 22
CAB chuck & brisket, brioche bun, aged cheddar, double smoked bacon, tomato, caramalized onions, lettuce, house made pickles
quinoa vegetable burger 17
red pepper hummus, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, pickle, brioche bun, signature sauce
marinated Tofu poke bowl 23
shaved spring radish, chili pickled cucumber, avocado, warm jade rice, taro chips
braised beef cheek pappardelle 24
pearl onions, ricotta salata, pine nuts
carrot & saffron risotto 23
olive crumble, carrot chips
Seafood Chowder | 9
Salade Tatin | 15
spring vegetables, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Neufchatel, marcona almonds, puff pastry, 62°egg
Steak Tartare | 15
Horseradish cream, capers, shallots, cured egg yolk
Pan Seared Scallops | 16
squid ink aioli, kohlrabi slaw
Hamachi Crudo | 17
kombu cured Hamachi crudo, yuzu, castelvetrano olives, puffed rice
Caesar Salad | 13
romaine, white anchovy, parmesan cheese, crouton
White Anchovy and Burrata Toastie | 17
rye bread, olive oil, basil tomato confit
Salad Maison | 15
Hannah Brook Farm greens, frisse, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad | 17
snap peas, shaved zucchini, smoked apple, pea shoots, white balsamic dressing
DAILY SANDWICH | 16
served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Seafood Cobb Salad | 24
Scallop, prawn, seared ahi, candied salmon belly, salmon roe, heritage greens, avocado buttermilk dressing
Rossdown Free Range Chicken Salad | 24
Hannah Brook Farm Heirloom Greens, Hannah Brook Farm greens, frissee, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Club Bowl | 19
mixed beans and sprouted grains, avocado, edamame hummus, tomato, hearty chips, puffed amaranth
add 62° egg 3.25
Tamari Sablefish Rice Bowl | 29
jade rice, crunchy shaved vegetables, ginger ponzu vinaigrette
Agadashi Chick Pea Fritter | 27
mushroom broth, enoki, baby bok choy
Sesame Crusted Rare Ahi Tuna | 29
edamame succotash, unagi glaze, crispy leeks
1892 Panini | 16
capicollo, provolone, ham, arugula, lemon aioli, ciabatta
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
1892 Burger | 22
ground bison and beef, house made aioli, pickles, smoked bacon jam, radicchio, tomato, aged cheddar, brioche bun
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Steak Frites | 36
7oz Wagyu Sirloin, hand cut French fries, tomato horseradish butter, choice of petite salad, soup or heirloom vegetables
Charred Hanger Steak | 29
whipped potato, brocollini, sauce bordelaise
Pappadelle Sauce Vierge | 23
Heirloom tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil, coriander
Add crab meat or braised short rib 8
Wild “Pacific Provider” Pacific Salmon | 35
tamari wild rice, bonito aioli, crisp seaweed
Chorizo Crusted Halibut | 42
roasted pepper emulsion, amaranth salad, mint chimicurri
Saffron & Carrot Gnocchi | 27
brown butter carrot puree, pinenut crumble, gruyere
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Creamy Truffle & Potato | 7
PACIFIC FISH CHOWDER
Salmon Ling Cod & Clams | 8
Parmesan Tuna Salad Sandwich | 15
toasted multigrain, sliced tomato
soup, salad or fries
Shrimp & Crab | 18
mixed greens, cherry tomato, edamame
cucumber, grainy mustard vinaigrette
Vanilla Custard Tart | 10
apple compote, cardamom crumble
Elderflower & Prosecco Gelée | 10
raspberry yogurt, panna cotta
Red Velvet Cake | 10
cream cheese, shaved chocolate
Stay tuned for next quarter's wine club!