Green Business and China's Long-term Economic Welfare

Professor Edy Wong, University of Alberta

17.Feb.2011 17.00 - 18.30
G42, Baines Wing - Leeds


The need for China to adopt green technologies and alternative energy has slowly become an article of faith within China's policy circle. Indeed, green technologies - from solar panels to electric vehicles - are now seen as an engine of growth for China in the coming years. Green technologies in the Chinese context pack a double punch. They not only provide business opportunities, but also have the potential to alleviate environmental and health hazards in China. Indeed, green technologies figure prominently in China's attempt to move up the international value chain. This session will examine the synergy between these two facets of a greener economy and how they will transform China's business landscape and the long term welfare of its citizenry.


Professor Edy Wong holds the position of Associate Dean (International), and Director of the Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS) at the School of Business, University of Alberta. He was a senior advisor to the President on China, University of Alberta between 2001 and 2006. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Alberta in 1984, specializing in International Business and Economic Development. With a keen interest in Asia, he has focused on the Asia-Pacific region and trade related issues in both his research and business activities. Edy was twice named one of the fifty most influential people in Alberta business by Alberta Venture Magazine, (in 2003 and 1997). Other recognitions Edy has received include the Award of Excellence from the Northern Alberta Transportation Club in 2001 and subject of a feature article in the March 2007 issue of Foreign Talents Magazine in China. Chinese organizations to which Edy has served in a consultancy capacity include China Petroleum and Petroleum Equipment Manufacturers Association, Shenzhen Logistics Association, and Chongqing Morning Post.

Edy has been active in community service. He has served over the years as the president of the Hong Kong – Canada Business Association, Edmonton (1998 -2000), director of the Japan-Canada Business Association (1996 – 1998), director of Purchasing Management Association of Canada (2001 – 2009) and member of Capital Region Economic Development Committee of Edmonton (2009 – 2010). Edy is currently a board member of Supply Chain Solutions (Canada) Inc, and AAR Inc. of Hong Kong (an international supply chain company with offices in China and Mexico) and visiting professor at various Chinese universities and Sinopec Management College.

This presentation is part of the Worldwide Universities Network Contemporary China Center (WUN CCC) virtual seminars series, which this year focuses on:

  • China's Changing Urbanities
  • China Business: Green Opportunities
  • Class and Class Consciousness in China

The series allows audiences around the world to hear from leading scholars in contemporary China studies and to engage in dialogue with one another across geographic boundaries. Each seminar includes an interactive question and answer session across all sites.

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