CBESA Presents: Entering the Asian Market

An Emerging Markets Project


April 25 – May 6, 2019


11 days + flight


Here’s the deal – China is the world’s most populated country. It’s the most culturally-rich nation on the planet. Economically, China is the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter. By most measures, it’s the second largest economy just behind the US (and is quickly catching up). Understanding China is synonymous with understanding how a huge piece of our world works. The problem is that our views of China, and Asia in general, are shaped by selective online articles, Chinatowns nationwide, and that delicious Asian takeout place down the street. In reality, life and work in Asia are very different from what we know.

So we’re bringing you to the fastest-growing nation in Asia to show you how things work. This project provides you with the foundations for either working in Asia or doing business with Asian countries from back home. It shows you the major differences between the Western & Eastern working environments while allowing you to explore a stunning, historical country where growth and tradition truly walk hand-in-hand.


Gain International Experience

Learn first-hand how companies expand to foreign markets while gaining insights for local professionals in the field. See the challenges, strategies, and opportunities that exist both in Asia and China.

Eliminate Misconceptions

We all hold misconceptions and unconscious biases of cultures that we’re unfamiliar with. You’ll become a more worldly professional as you discover what it’s truly like to work and live in China.

Network with Local Pros

Build your global network while gaining insights from top talent in China, the world’s fastest-growing market.

Discover Opportunities Abroad

From job opportunities to fast-growing industries, startup ideas to finding ways for you to contribute to the local economy, you’ll walk away with newfound opportunities for Canadians in Asia.

Ready to Participate?

We aim for each project to consist of an ambitious and diverse community of young professionals. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served basis so be sure to apply asap to guarantee your spot!


In many ways, China acts as a figurehead for Asian countries when it comes to global trade and policy. China is largest manufacturer and exporter in Asia and the world making it’s importance to worldly young professionals undeniable. As the second largest economy in the world, China provides opportunities for business professionals to experience a unique culture intertwined with a dynamic and diverse economy.


$2.37 T exports, $1.27 T imports, $14.5K GDP per Capita, world’s largest exporter, second largest importer


Located in Eastern Asia, bordering 14 countries. The third largest country in the world.


With a population of 1.3 billion, China is the most populous country in the world. The Chinese population is made up of 56 different official ethnic groups.


Official language is Mandarin in mainland China. There are 297 living languages/dialects in the Chinese language group.



The first half of the project takes place in China’s capital. With a population of 21.7 million, Beijing is the second largest city in China, and third largest in the world. Its history stretches back 3 millennia and is highly recognized for its traditional architecture depicted in the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, and it’s portion of the Great Wall. Simultaneously, the capital city has also become known as a modern city, with a bustling urban area and continuous growth opportunities for business.


Shanghai is the most populous city in China and third in the World just behind Delhi and Tokyo. It is renowned as the financial hub of the Eastern world and a major transportation hub in Asia. At every corner, you will clearly see new and old come together: large skyscrapers next to ancient city walls within the city, modern tech stores next to small animal markets, and people from all walks of life. Shanghai is a truly global city and one of the most popular for global expatriates.



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    Arrival in Beijing

    Welcome Dinner, Icebreaker Activities

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    Dynamic History & Culture of China

    Great Wall of China, The Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution, Evening Out in Beijing
    Start the project off by learning about China’s dynamic history and culture! You’ll have the chance to visit some of China’s most popular cultural destinations, including the iconic Great Wall of China.

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    Building Successful Business Relations

    Full-day Masterclass on Chinese Business Etiquette and Building Partnerships in Asia, Dinner out with Locals
    Spend the day learning how Chinese relationships are built! You’ll dive deep into the importance of relationships in China and how you can go about developing meaningful business relationships with an interactive masterclass led by local industry professionals.

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    Politics and Policies - Entering China

    Flag Raising Ceremony, Tiananmen Square, Great Hall of the People, Company Tour, Evening off
    Spend the day exploring politics and policies in China. You’ll discover the country’s unique political environment in the morning and later that same day, meet with a local company that will share their insights about navigating the local business climate for foreigners interested in working in Asia.

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    Exploring the Financial Capital of the East

    Bullet train to Shanghai, Financial District, the Bund
    Take the world-famous bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai – the fastest passenger rail service with trains exceeding 350 km/h. Once you arrive in Shanghai, spend the late afternoon in Pudong touring the world-class financial district. In the evening, visit Shanghai’s Instagram-worthy Bund waterfront and take part in a riverboat cruise.

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    Made in China

    Masterclass on finding Chinese Suppliers and Requests for Proposal, Factory Tour
    Today will be all about exploring one of China’s key industries: manufacturing. After your masterclass on sourcing suppliers and materials in China led by local experts, visit a local factory where you’ll witness Chinese manufacturing first-hand.

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    Day Off

    Explore stunning Shanghai on your own terms or take part in one of our recommended activities

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    Negotiating Like A Pro

    Masterclass on the Art of Negotiations in Asia, Company Tour to a Canadian organization operating in Asia, Night Market
    Today is all about gaining the often overlooked negotiation skills required to succeed in Asia. You’ll attend a masterclass about negotiation skills and learn new techniques. You’ll then visit a Canadian company to learn how they’ve adapted to this different operating environment in Asia and end your day by practicing your newly acquired negotiation skills first-hand in a local night market.

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    Innovation, Competition, Startups

    Masterclass and Workshops with a Local Startup Incubator, presentations from local startups, Starbucks Shanghai, Evening Off
    Today, you’ll discover the bustling startup landscape in China! Attend masterclasses and presentations that will show you the innovation and local talent present in China. You’ll also gain tips and resources for starting your own business in Asia! Reflect on today’s learnings in the world’s largest Starbucks located in downtown Shanghai and enjoy your evening off to explore Shanghai on your own terms.

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    Opportunities for Foreigners & Working in China

    Workshop on Finding Work in Asia, Co-Working Space Tour, Closing Dinner, Night Out in Shanghai
    Learn about the opportunities that are waiting for you in Asia post-project! Discover high-demand industries, tips for finding jobs abroad, and discover working conditions in China. Enjoy your final night out with the group in Shanghai!

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    Final breakfast, check out, flights home


Rana Abbasi

Marketing Specialist at District 3 Innovation Centre

“The project allowed me to see China from a business perspective while learning more about how business is conducted, how factories function, and how Canadian businesses operate in China. It was the perfect way to learn the fundemantals of the Chinese market.”


Rana Abbasi

Marketing Specialist at District 3 Innovation Centre

“The project allowed me to see China from a business perspective while learning more about how business is conducted, how factories function, and how Canadian businesses operate in China. It was the perfect way to learn the fundemantals of the Chinese market.”


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* Certain conditions apply. Reduced Program Fee is valid for applications received by February 15th, 2019 or while supplies last (20 spots). Program fee includes return trip airfare to Montreal, Toronto, or Ottawa – please contact us for a personalized quote if you’d like to depart from and/or return to a different city. Rates are for double occupancy in hotel accommodations. The prices advertised on this site include all taxes and service charges. The prices shown include the contribution to FICAV of 1$ per $1,000 of tourist products or services purchased. In the event of an increase in taxes, duties or other charges authorized by a recognized public authority, the prices shown could increase accordingly. The price may also vary in the case of an increase in exchange rate or a fuel surcharge imposed by the air carriers. Prices advertised on our website are valid if you purchase services in a same session. If you sign off our website, prices may be different the next time you log on. Activities and the order of the itinerary differ slightly from the itinerary above – the final itinerary will be provided to all participants prior to departure. Detailed booking policies can be found at emergingmarket.ca/booking-policies