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JANUARY 2012 A publication of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


01 / 2012


Premier Sponsors

Executive Sponsors


Calendar of events: 2011/2012 TCCC Executives Patron:

His Excellency Ambassador Ron Hoffmann President – John Casella Vice President – Ali Fancy Vice President – John Stevens Secretary – Dr. Tim Cornwall Treasurer – Michael Howard

Executive Board:

John Casella Sranyoo Chanate Neil Chiu Dr. Tim Cornwall Ali Fancy Michael Howard Ron Livingston Geoff McIntyre Alan Ng Sukanya Rattanavadee John Stevens Derek van Pelt

Embassy Representative: Ping Kitnikone


Raymond Bodemer Sam Cohen Surachit Chanovan Zoltan Kosa Don Lavoie Niccolo Sozzi Picharn Sukparangsee Michael White Peter Van Haren

Executive Director: Randy Shockley

Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower 9th floor, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6 Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087 Email: Website:

The Voyageur is the monthly magazine of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, covering all Thai-Canadian business, legal and social news of interest to the members and others who are active in expanding Thai-Canadian bilateral trade. Editor: Randy Shockley, Executive Director, Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Publisher: Scand-Media Corp., Ltd. 4/41-2 Moo 3, Thanyakarn Village, Ramintra Soi 14, Bangkok 10230 Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166-8 Fax: +66(0) 2943-7169 Design: Disraporn Yatprom Email: Advertising Contact: Mr. Finn Balslev, Marketing Director Scand-Media Corp., Ltd. Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166 ext.151 or 08-1866-2577 Email:



Wednesday, January 18, 2012; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Canuck Connections Networking Night The Clubhouse Sports Bar & Grill - 21/1-3 Soi Sukhumvit 23 (02-664-1376) Members - 200 baht; Guests & Non Members – 400 baht


Tuesday, January 24, 2012; 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Speaker Luncheon: Khun Pimpaka Nichgaroon, Head Strategist for Thanachart Securities Research Department will provide a Thailand economic and investment outlook for 2012 WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott PRICE: 700 baht – Members; 850 baht – Non Members WHEN: WHAT: WHERE: PRICE:

Saturday, January 28, 2012; 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Great Canadian BBQ 2012 Ambassador’s Residence 1,600 baht per person; Kids 12 & under - 500 baht


Tuesday, February 7, 2012; 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Speaker Luncheon: Mr. Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, Thailand’s Deputy DirectorGeneral, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - ASEAN Department will talk on ASEAN-Canada relations for which Thailand is currently serving as the country coordinator WHERE: TBD - See event mailer for venue details PRICE: 700 baht – Members; 850 baht – Non Members WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 2012; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm WHAT: Canuck Connections Networking Night WHERE: Bourbon St. Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Boutique Hotel. This networking event will be held at Bourbon Street’s all new location in Thong Lor PRICE: Members - 200 baht; Guests & Non Members – 400 baht

Upcoming events in the region:


Hong Kong: WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2012; 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm WHAT: Selling in a Down Economy, Strategies to Maintain and Grow your B2B Revenue in Tough Times WHERE: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1301 Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central PRICE: HK$150 for members, HK$250 for non-members Singapore: WHEN: Tuesday, 17th January 2012; 7pm-10pm WHAT: Drive into 2012 with CanCham and Audi with a presentation by the Australian Wine Index! WHERE: Audi Showroom - 9 Leng Kee Road, Singapore 159090 PRICE: $15 for member, $20 for non-member Vietnam: WHEN: Saturday, February 18th, 2012 1.30pm to 3pm Saturday, February 25th, 2012 1.30pm to 3pm WHAT: Know Finances Workshop for Expats WHERE: TWM Saigon (66/11 Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3) PRICE: Free of Charge

Happy New Year to all TCCC Members


Chamber News

The 2nd Beaver Invitational Annual golf-beach-hockey combo for charity wins again In what is rapidly becoming one of the country’s most popular events, a multinational group of avid golfers, hockey players and friends all came together on the weekend of November 18-19 in Thailand’s seaside resort of Pattaya to have fun and raise money for charitable causes.


eaver Weekend got started on Friday night with the Beaver Invitational Reception and Eastern Seaboard Networking Night hosted by the Amari Orchid Hotel in its beachside venue, the ‘Tavern by the Sea’. Guests were treated by the Amari to an outstanding array of finger foods, and free-flowing Moosehead beer and mixed drinks throughout the evening. In total, 140 attendees participated, with many players taking time to pre-register for the following day’s tournament, and take part in a popular indoor putting contest. Saturday was tournament day, with 152 players arriving at nearby Phoenix Golf Club from 9:30 onwards in anticipation of the noon start. The morning reception is one of the most anticipated parts of the entire weekend, as old friends meet and new ones are made, and this year was no exception. Under the coordination of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) staff, the reception went off smoothly and the 12:30 shotgun went off without a hitch, the players taking to the superbly-groomed course for an afternoon of camaraderie, games, and fun playing a two-player scramble format. The event is a collective effort from the Canadian community, and brings together the TCCC, Flying Farangs and the Embassy of Canada. Thanks to longtime Bangkok resident and TCCC Board Member Don Lavoie, the event was sponsored once again by Canadian engineering giant Bombardier, with sponsors Singha Light providing refreshing on-course beverages, and D’Pelican providing superb on-course food. All 18 holes were sponsored and several on-course events raised additional money for charity. Wilding Golf’s “Beat The Pro” raised 15,000 baht, with the Flying Farangs’ “Slap Shot Hole” raising an additional 19,600 baht. Once the last players came in (some with the assistance of night-vision goggles), it was time to count the scores and tally the

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RESULTS: TECHNICAL PRIZES: This year’s tournament offered technical (and in some cases…less than technical) prizes on every hole including: SPONSOR Raja's Moosehead Bangkok Snow Removal Siam Wheels IEM Rajawongse Rabbit / Carrot Rewards Baker Tilly TCCC Bombardier Flying Farangs SEA Mining ItalAsia JOG Sports SINGHA ReDev Santa Fe Allied Pickfords

COMPETITION Closest to the Raja's Pants Team Gross Birdie (draw) Nearest to Pin in 2 Near Pin Nearest to Beaver off Tee One Putt (Draw) Long Drive in Fairway Near Pin All In the Bunker (draw) One Putt (Draw) Longest Putt Holed Nearest to Beaver off Tee Long Drive in Fairway Near Pin All In the Bunker (draw) Near Pin Nearest to Pin in 2 Team Gross Birdie (draw)

WINNER Vipa Darasom John McHugh & Michael Winterburn Brad Dippie Sunny Kishor Jamie MacDonald The Caddy Casanovas Dave Zalewski Alistair Fawcett Ketnarin Simma Currens Ryan Pinter Alex Phelps Nick Siripun Rick Cassidy Noi Cassidy Tony Finch Walter (Sli Ngan) RIS Dick Graham & Mark Leonard

AWARDS: The winning “Low Gross” team is recognized with The Ambassador’s Cup while the winning “Low Net” team receives The Beaver Trophy. Additionally, the event’s Low Gross and Low Net winners were provided with engraved pewter hip-flasks and bottles of Scotch. As a special recognition award, this year’s “Low Gross” and “Low Net” winners received Beaver Invitational branded, bright red motorcycle taxi vests. While certainly more whimsical than the bright green jackets given out at Augusta, they were certainly worn with great pride. This year’s winners:

LOW GROSS 3rd GROSS: 68 2nd GROSS: 66 1st GROSS: 65

Team Chuck Wows The Wizards The Country Gentlemen

LOW NET 3rd G: 68 HCAP: 2.5 NET: 65.1 2nd

G: 66 HCAP: 1.6 NET: 64.4


G: 66 HCAP: 2.1 NET: 63.9

Players Chuck Andeson + Jeff Cordiero John McHugh + Michael Winterburn Scott Puzey + Steve Hubbard

Team Wellheads

Players Lance Brunsvold + Mike Turk Caddy Casanovas Brad Sproxton + Stephen Snelgrove 4ITAGAINS-1 Duff Soby + Val Kienast

NOTABLE 2011 EVENT STATISTICS: 152 Number of players 1,320 Cans of beer consumed on course 34 caddies pre-booked online 48,000 19,600 15,000 10,300 3,400

Raised from Mulligan sales Flying Farangs Slapshot Contest raised by Wilding "Beat the Pro" Hole Networking Night Putting Contest JOG Sports “Hit the Green” competition

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1. Slicers & Dicers and Embassy Team #1 with Ambassador Hoffmann. 2. TCCC President, John Casella, presiding over the Beaver Invitational Awards Ceremony. 3. Ambassador Ron Hoffmann preparing to present the Ambassador's Cup. 4. TCCC President John Casella (L) and Ambassador Ron Hoffmann (R) presenting the Ambassador's Cup to “Low Gross” Winners Scott Puzey and Steve Hubbard who were not present. Accepting the award on their behalf is the tournament’s “Low Net” winner, Duff Soby (C). 5. The big hitters from Team Bombardier. 6. Golfers really appreciated Singha's on-course beer support!. 7. LA Dodgers & Team B.A.F.F. 8. Commonwealth Cronies with Team Amata. 9. FF Fore Teams #1 & #2 10. Closest to the Raja's Pants contestants. 11. The Country Gentlemen were the "Low Gross Winners" - Scott Puzey (far left) and Steve Hubbard (3rd Left); 2nd left is Allen Carney. 12. PRT Executive Teams #1 & #2. 13. Teams: Old Pencil Pushers and Birdies, Bogeys & Beer. 14. Sponsor SEAFO's Geoff McIntyre 15. Teams Trapping Beavers and Chasing Beavers 16. Gearing up the "Slap Shot" contest. 17. Wilding's pro Clayton Wallace lead the the event's "Beat the Pro" Contest. January 2012


Chamber News earnings for charity. The event raised 100,000 baht for its targeted charity, which will be distributed to the Thai Fund Foundation (TFF). Since 2004 the Flying Farangs have used the proceeds from their charity golf tournaments to focus on the cause of Stateless Children. ( The Saturday evening event was a superb affair held back at the Amari Orchid’s pool side lawn venue, featuring a first-class dinner buffet for 150 guests, with Moosehead, wine and spirits, prizes, giveaways, and speeches from Canadian Ambassador Ron Hoffmann and Chamber President John Casella. The entire Beaver Weekend was a roaring success and kudos must go to the TCCC Staff and the all-volunteer Organizing Committee for a job well done. In alphabetic order, the 2011 committee members were: Raymond Bodemer, John Casella, Neil Chiu, Unyarat (Aomy) Eamorb, Ali Fancy, Michael Howard, Don Lavoie, Ron Livingston, Geoff McIntyre, Scott Murray; Randy Shockley, John Stevens, Nounvan (Yui) Suwanviwatana, Todd Switzer, Derek Van Pelt, Les Walsh, and Michael White. Also thanks to Kerry Matisin and Chip Bowness for on-the-day support. Looking forward, the 3rd Beaver Invitational will once again return to Phoenix, with the event being held over the weekend of Nov 9-10, 2012. Several changes are planned to increase the speed of play and make the event even bigger and better than ever. Most notable among these changes will be the introduction of a morning and afternoon shotgun for participants to choose from, and a modification to both the scoring and beverage distribution systems. As always, players will be able to pre-book their caddies online. Keep an eye on the website: for updates and changes. To be a sponsor or book your playing slot for the 3rd Beaver Invitational, please contact the TCCC office.







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We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Beaver Invitational on 9-10 November, 2012.



18. Root Canals and The Honeymooners. 19. Simon Neville of TCCC Premier Sponsor LEVCO surrounded by beautiful women. 20. Jog Sports provided great support to the 2011 tournament. 21. The "Slap Shot" contest was a big hit with the players. 22. Teams Emu & Son and Los Americanos. 23. The Siam Wheels Team was on hand as a sponsor for the 2011 event. 24. (L-R) Mr. Don Lavoie with Title Sponsor Company, Bombardier, takes a time-out with Canada's Ambassador, Mr. Ron Hoffmann. 25. Chip Bowness keeping things organized on the course. 26. The Aliied Pickfords Team handled logistics and guarded the beer. 27. Toodmuks Teams #1 & #2.

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The teams of Seeking Beavers & Hunting Beavers were certainly up for this event. 29. Sponsor IEM returned with 2 teams in this year's tournament. 30. Scott Murray was a key supporter on the day. 31. The "Slap Shot" hole was a player favorite. 32. Title Sponsor Bombardier‌ making things happen at this year's event! 33. Sponsor ReDev covering off player & team photos.

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Member Profile

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa .


f every major hotel in Bangkok has its own special characteristic then landscaping must be what sets the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa apart from its competitors. Eleven acres of lush gardens, pools and lily pads give it a verdant presence that no other local resort can match. Nestled on the majestic Chao Phraya River, a rare combination of experiences will appeal to business and leisure guests, romantic couples and families alike. Guests are welcomed by a blend of Thailand’s warm hospitality and the Anantara’s intuitive, personalized service. Discover urban sophistication and calming waterfront scenery at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa. Choose from 407 rooms, including 97 suites, which reflect the natural grace of Thai culture. You can unwind in a luxurious home away from home with 24-hour in-room dining and elite amenities including an in-room bar, Internet access, an LCD TV, DVD player and iPod dock.

Deliciously lazy At Anantara, days can be deliciously lazy or filled with adventure cushioned by indulgence. Work out with a garden view in the fitness centre and revive tired muscles in the steam room and sauna. Competitive tennis matches can be followed by time spent languishing by the expansive swimming pool, and sipping inventive cocktails in the warm Jacuzzi; the tropical setting enhanced by swaying palms, blooming nature and glimpses of the Chao Phraya River. The hotel’s inner courtyard and pool area with its swim-up bar and glorious view of the tropical brush will make you forget you are in the bustling city of Bangkok.. Younger guests are kept safely enter-

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tained at the Kids’ Club or with a baby sitter while parents can enjoy themselves and even take a Thai cooking class with a master chef, which begins with a local market trip to pick up the freshest ingredients, and ends by savouring your flavourful creations. Or step into the sanctuary of the Mandara Spa to experience sensual relaxation through the healing arts of ancient remedies, which can be shared side by side in a spacious double suite with a large bathtub, and a private garden courtyard features a rain shower and traditional sala.

Ten restaurants Discover tastes and delicacies from around the world, all within the oasis of our lush urban paradise. Ten restaurants and bars dish up diverse culinary delights. Wake up

to a breakfast buffet of sumptuous flavours at The Market, choosing from Asian and Western dishes in the distinctive atmosphere of cool breezes and Asian décor. Replenish at Numero Uno with a coffee and freshly baked pastry, or the finest handmade chocolates. A chocolate lover’s dream, Numero Uno features over 100 types of chocolates, mouth watering cakes and scrumptious pastries. The menu also features rich coffees and indulgent hot chocolates. Deli style sandwiches along with Asian and Western cuisine make Numero Uno the premier casual environment for snacks and indulgent treats. Enjoy sunset cocktails on the pier at Longtail Bar. Delve into Pacific Rim traditions at Trader Vic’s, a global name for over 75 years, Trader Vic’s serves up Pacific Rim cuisine and steaks with a hint of Caribbean thrown in for good measure. At the heart of all Trader Vic’s kitchens is their unique Chinese wood oven, which dates back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-20AD). The meats, fowl, and fresh seafood are suspended from hooks and slowly cooked; smoke from the burning oak or seasoned woods imparting a distinct and original favor. Take in the Polynesian ambience and river views while sipping on the famous Mai Tai cocktails. Live music and the succulent exotic cuisine make this the ideal venue for delectable meals and relaxed enjoyment. Benihana, the renowned Japanese Teppanyaki steakhouse, offers “teppan style” cuisine and lives up to the entertainment and culinary excellence it is known for. Marvel as personal chefs prepare seafood, meats and vegetables, grilling them to perfection right at your table. Guests sit around the food preparation area and watch chefs display their lightning

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a ... An Urban Oasis of Riverside Tranquillity slicing and juggling skills. It’s not just a delicious meal; it’s also a spectacular show. Savour the Italian way of life in Brio’s Tuscan villa setting while enjoying handmade Italian pastas. At Riverside Terrace, an international buffet and BBQ is accompanied by Thai dance performances overlooking the river. For the ultimate in secluded intimacy, Dining by Design invites guests to collaborate with a personal chef and choose an idyllic location, such as a candlelit meal along the river or a picnic under the shade of a banyan tree. Special functions and weddings take place in a range of elegantly appointed indoor venues and scenic riverside spaces. Business travelers balance work with pleasure, courtesy of recent enhancements to the resort’s meeting venues and facilities, and the opportunity to play at eight nearby golf courses.

Stay in touch - or lose it Whether you’re a resident of Bangkok looking for an escape or you are simply traveling through, the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa has everything you need to stay in touch or lose touch; the choice is yours. By the way, for hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means “without end”, symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience. From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 15 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and the United Arab Emirates and will

soon see new openings in Vietnam, China, Bali, Thailand and Abu Dhabi.

Anantara Cruises Anantara Cruises (previously known as Manohra Cruises) invites you to journey back to a time when the majestic Chao Phraya River was the heart of Thai life. Step aboard our exquisite fleet of 100-year-old rice barges, painstakingly rebuilt from shining teak and lavishly converted to their present splendour. Embark on a historical voyage in modern comfort and explore the famous landmarks for an enthralling Bangkok cruise tour. Set off on a three-day, two-night Bangkok cruise for a one-of-a-kind journey on a watery highway into the heart of Thailand. Enjoy indulgent days aboard the Anantara Song or the Anantara Dream while travelling north on the “Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour” or the “Ang Thong Mystic River Tour”. While at the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, drink up views of the former capital’s crumbling city walls from the outdoor sun deck. Take a shore excursion to explore the grandeur of temples such as Wat Mongkhon

Bophit, which was built to protect one of the country’s largest bronze buddhas, a statue that dates to the 15th century. Marvel at stately temples and lively markets and observe Thailand’s exquisite natural beauty, catch a glimpse of splendid museums and unmask historic tales whilst basking in the luxurious setting of one of the most sought after Bangkok river cruises. Discover a flawless fusion of Old World charm, lavish accommodation, and the personalised touch of legendary Anantara service. Glide by the peaked roofs of wats that glitter in the sun and relish the unparalleled service and comfort offered aboard our fleet of ships. Experience the unique rhythm of life upon the River of Kings. There’s also a multi-course three-hour cruises of fine dining ,which floats by beautiful night views of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kheow (the Emerald Buddha Temple), and Wat Arun (the Temple of the Dawn). For all resort enquiries and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 476 0022 or email For more information, visit

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Education News

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Study in Canada Fair 2012

Organized by the Embassy of Canada to Thailand Meet representatives from Canadian schools and universities… Sunday, 5 February 2012 Grande Centre Point Hotel @ Terminal 21 BTS Asoke, MRT Sukhumvit Open interviews, along with free workshops and seminars all day… 09.00 – 10.30 Free IELTS Task 2 Writing Workshop* 10.30 – 16.30 Fair and Education in Canada Seminars 16.30 – 18.00 Free IELTS Task 1 Writing Workshop* *limited to 40 participants For more information about Study in Canada Fair 2012:

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Embassy news

Dear TCCC Members and Friends of the Chamber,

A Ron Hoffmann Ambassador

ndrea and I wish to inform our many friends associated with the Thai-Canada Chamber of Commerce that we are returning to Canada. I have been asked to take on new responsibilities supporting the Canadian Government's Foreign Policy Plan, which places a strong and growing emphasis on Canada-Asia relations. Ottawa wanted more senior Asia capacity in headquarters for this purpose and at a key time. I believe it’s exciting for all of us in Thailand and the rest of the region that there is a new emphasis on the ASEAN region in particular. My title will be Senior Advisor on Canada-ASEAN Relations. While I am inspired by the chance to influence policy at a senior level, a rare opportunity, Andrea and I are also of course saddened to be leaving Bangkok earlier than planned. I depart feeling a deep sense of satisfaction that Canada's' impact and profile in Thailand and neighboring countries has grown in the 2.5 years I have served as Ambassador. This is the product of a tremendous partnership between the Embassy and the TCCC, and reflects the successes and efforts of a great many wonderful individuals and organisations. I wish to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to the TCCC staff, Board, members and friends for the unwavering support and friendship extended to Andrea and me during our time in Thailand. We feel truly privileged to have had the pleasure of establishing so many friendships, and in witnessing so compellingly what Canada and Canadians are capable of when we work together. There is some urgency to our departure, and much to do in executing it, so I wish to express my profound appreciation to everybody now. If we don't get a chance to see you before we leave, I'm confident that there will be future opportunities. I'll of course continue to work on Canada's relations with the region and look forward to engaging with Canadian companies to this end. Andrea and I will always look back on our time together fondly, and look forward to being back in the area some time soon. Ron Hoffmann Ambassador

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