Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (Montreal Section) (HKCBA) jointly with Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) held a virtual interactive recruitment event on March 3, to promote the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job opportunities in Hong Kong while enriching participants on Hong Kong’s vibrant innovation and technology (I&T) ecosystem.
In delivering opening remarks at the event, entitled "STEM Jobs in Hong Kong", Director of HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, noted talents from the STEM sector are welcomed by Asian economies. “According to a new research by the Mckinsey Global Institute, Asia has accounted for 52% of global growth in tech-company revenues, 43% of startup funding, 51% of spending on research and development, and 87% of patents filed over the last decade,” Ms Mo said.
The strong Canada-Hong Kong ties makes Hong Kong the best destination for Canadian talents. “Hong Kong was rated number 1 in Asia in IMD’s (Institute for Management Development) Talent Competitiveness,” Ms Mo continued.
Looking ahead, Ms Mo is confident that Hong Kong is an attractive city for businesses and talents to thrive. With its unique position as an international trade and financial centre, alongside the favourable business environment, international talent pool and the enormous opportunities Asia and the Mainland have to offer.
Following Ms Mo’s remarks, the Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr Stephen Phillips elaborated on the abundant resources, excellent environment and job opportunities for startups and STEM talents in Hong Kong.
To enhance the city’s global competitiveness, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has made unprecedented efforts in I&T development in Hong Kong. In the past few years, over US$14 billion has been allocated on a wide range of technology related programmes and initiatives, such as in facility development, research and development, support for startups as well as in nurturing talents.
Mr Stephen Phillips encouraged Canada companies and talents to grasp the vast I&T opportunities offered by Mainland China, in particular the affluent Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development and consider setting foot or expand in the city.
Moderated by Head of Invest Hong Kong in Canada Mr Christopher Chen, the event was also joined by other panellists including Professor of Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at McGill University, Dr. Moshe Szyf, and Professor of School of Optometry & Vision Science at University of Waterloo, Dr. Ben Thompson, both set up research and development institutes in Hong Kong. The virtual event also facilitated STEM job recruitment by these two institutes and other Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong.
網上互動招聘會由投資推廣署加拿大辦事處投資推廣總監陳立智主持，其他專題講者包括於香港設有研究及發展院所的麥基爾大學教授 Moshe Szyf和滑鐵盧大學教授 Ben Thompson。該網上互動招聘會亦為兩間院所及其他在港營運的加拿大企業招聘STEM領域的職位。