Dear CanCham Thailand members and friends,
It is with great delight that I am able to present the 2020 Annual Resource and Membership Directory. It is a great labor to bring this book together every year and we thank Scott Murray, Lindsay Wise as well as the team at ScandMedia for their efforts in bringing it to you.
The year 2020 has begun in a particularly challenging fashion with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the attendant stay-at-home orders that have kept many of you from going in to the office and all of you from attending any of the social events that usually keep us busy during this time of year.
With every challenge, however, comes opportunity, and I can say that the Canadian community in Thailand has demonstrated great resilience and resourcefulness during these unprecedented times.
From finding new ways to source supplies to managing virtual conferences to cutting costs to looking for new markets and ways of doing business and more, the community has pulled together like never before. We look forward to when we can hold group events again and the chance to reconnect with old friends as well as meet future ones.
The work that CanCham does on your behalf wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our generous sponsors. For the 2020 Chamber year, these sponsors include Aware, Bombardier, ISB, Levco, My Internship Asia, Trends Digital, Allied Pickfords, Magna, MBMG and Stonelotus. Please go out of your way to learn about their businesses, use their services when possible and ensure that you let them know how much you value their support.
In addition, I would like to highlight the time, energy and often money that the CanCham Board of Directors commits to the cause of furthering the Chamber’s mission. If we had to assign a price tag to their contributions, I assure you we would run a large deficit every year. Give them a high five or a sincere thanks the next time you see one of them. This year’s Board of Directors is comprised of myself, Immediate Past President John Stevens, Vice President David Beckstead, Vice President Dean Outerson, Treasurer Dan McKay, Secretary Sunny Patel, Robert Candelino, John Casella, Surachit Chanovan, Michael Currie, Amelie Desjardins, Ron Livingston, and Natasak Rodjanapiches.
Finally thank you to the CanCham office team. Jen Meckhayai has grown from his beginning with us as Membership coordinator into a capable and efficient Executive Director. Waranya (Pim) Boonsaner tirelessly works to make sure all of our events run smoothly, Parinya (Ben) Tungboonyakiat keeps our books in tip top condition and Chonnipa (Palm) Nakpontong dedicatedly supports all CanCham functions.
I wish you all the best in the year ahead and look forward to seeing each of you again soon.
Derek van Pelt