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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 30, 2014
 
 
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Francis Pang, LLD (HC) '10, Chairman, Canadian International School of Beijing



In 1973, Dr. Francis Pang started his business career in China in the wake of China’s recently introduced open-door policy and economic reforms.  He introduced 21st-century commercial-industrial techniques to the Chinese garment industry, and successfully lobbied for the insurance infrastructure to support cross-border economic ventures.  He also introduced single-welded steel pipe technologies in order to allow China to transport high-pressure petroleum and natural gas safely for long distances. 
In 1994 Dr. Pang proposed the first Sino-Canadian joint-cooperative College in China. It was the first School to be approved in China for Chinese students to receive both Canadian and Chinese senior high school education in China.  He is currently Chairman of the Canadian International School of Beijing

Dr. Pang, his wife and his two children immigrated to Canada in 1985 where he is a resident of Toronto and President of Pang Holdings Ltd.  He is also President of AKD Education Consultants Inc. in Beijing and Executive Director of the Beijing UNESCO Association Club.

Dr. Pang has participated in many important international conferences, including the APEC Summit, and Canada-China Business Council's Team Canada activities, and has organized many cross-cultural meetings for high-ranking officials, in politics, education, diplomacy, and business. He was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002, and received the Great Wall Friendship Award in 2004.  In 2007, he received a Tribute of Honour for outstanding contributions in the China-Canada relationship by the House of Commons.

Dr. Pang was recognized at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Spring 2010 Convocation with an Honorary Degree.