Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Tim Huh
University of British Columbia, Canada

Tim Huh is expert in operations management, supply chain management and dynamic pricing. He has worked with companies in the semiconductor industry, health care organizations, insurance companies, and manufacturing facilities both in Canada and the United States.  In particular, his work with semiconductor companies was on capacity expansion and configuration when both the production technology and demand for products are subject to high uncertainty.  He has conducted workshops on operational effectiveness for various audiences.  He is in several editorial boards for leading journals in operations management.  He received PhD from Cornell University.  He received multiple teaching awards.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Tao Zeng
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Tao Zeng is an associate professor with supervision status for Master and Ph.D. students at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. She has many publications in academic journals including Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Review of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Canadian Tax Journal, Asian Review of Accounting, etc. She is an Academic Editor of British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade.

Keynote Speech Title: Long-term performance of Canadian family firms
Abstract: Family firms consist of an important part of global economy. Canadian family firms are usually clustered into a business group – pyramid group. Unlike the U.S. listed firms, which are predominantly directly held by small shareholders, family firms in Canada belong to business groups, made up of clusters of listed and unlisted firms that hold controlling blocks of shares in each other. This study examines the long-term performance of Canadian family firms. Using Canadian listed companies for ten years between 2005 and 2014 and relying on many measures for firm performance and other firm characteristics, we find that, compare with other listed firms, family firms have higher performance and dividend payout, lower risk, higher leverage and high cost of capital, higher investment in inventory and intangible assets, but claim lower R&D expenses. However, there is no difference in tax reporting practices measured as effective tax rates. Overall, the results found in this study indicate that family firms generally perform better than the non-family firms over a long term.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Jacques Picard
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Jacques Picard has been a marketing professor (regular or invited) since 1976 at different universities (H.E.C Montreal, McGill University, Université de Montreal, Bar Ilan University, Université Paris -Sorbonne…) He is now an honorary professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, and professor, academic director of the French speaking Campus at the Netanya Academic College. He got his PhD in 1977 from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University of New York. Since then he has published more than 60 academic publications in the areas of International Marketing, Marketing research, Advertising, Logistics, Legal aspects of Marketing etc...Those publications are available upon requests. Prof. Picard has also been active in consulting to various companies and organizations, and member of various boards of directors.

Speech Title: Marketing Implications of the new global economy


Plenary Speaker

Assoc. Prof. Bixia Xu
Wilfried Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Xu obtains her Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2012. Her research interests are in the fields of R&D investments, stock valuation, corporate disclosure, corporate social responsibilities and information science. She has publications in number of journals including a couple of top journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Business Research. Her teaching focuses on financial accounting theory, advanced financial reporting and management accounting

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