Entries by Jenny Lian

Cybersecurity is a top priority for mid-sized companies in the COVID-19 era

  It goes without saying that COVID-19 has forced organizations to reconsider every aspect of their operations, from service delivery to the role of technology in keeping their workplaces safe. As they continue to restart and ramp up operations, cybersecurity will rank among their top concerns. A high degree of vigilance could help fend of […]

As Hong Kong protests escalate, everyone (including the business community) loses

What a difference a few weeks makes for Canadians doing business in Hong Kong. Protests in the former British colony have become increasingly violent in recent days as demonstrators and police clash over the protesters’ persistent street presence and official demands for democratic reforms, investigations into alleged police brutality and the quashing of legislation that […]

Chinese authorities step up personal income tax enforcement

As Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig linger in detention in China, Canadian entrepreneurs would be excused for being more than a little anxious about doing business in the Middle Kingdom due to the current geopolitical tensions between our two countries. You’ll recall that the Sino-Canadian clash first emerged with the detention of Huawei Technologies […]

SNC-Lavalin and the sometimes murky ethics of doing business abroad

If the federal Liberals’ SNC-Lavalin scandal has taught us anything, it’s that doing business overseas—particularly in developing countries—isn’t always as simple and straightforward as it is in Canada. As you likely know, the SNC-Lavalin matter erupted into a national scandal when officials in the Prime Minister’s Office—and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself—were accused of pushing […]

Beijing’s tax crackdown has wide-ranging implications for Chinese-Canadians

China has embarked on a major reform of tax laws that could have sweeping implications for high-net-worth individuals inside the country, not to mention Chinese-Canadians and Chinese citizens who have investments in Canada. Perhaps the most high-profile example of the country’s efforts to close tax loopholes and boost tax revenue are the recent accusations lodged […]