Meet the CCYPN Team

Christine Martel-Fleming – President & Co-Founder

Christine is President and co-founder of the Canada-China Young Professionals Network. She completed a Master of Public Policy in collaboration with Asia-Pacific studies from the University of Toronto in 2017. Her major research paper examined how to encourage young Canadians to pursue academic and professional opportunities abroad in China to build China competencies and strengthen Sino-Canadian relations. Christine is passionate about youth diplomacy. She is also a current member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Ottawa Hub and represented the Young Diplomats of Canada at the OECD 2014 Forum in Paris, France. She has lived in China twice and is fluent in English and French, with an intermediate proficiency in Mandarin.

Christine could be reached at canadachinaypn@gmail.com.

Thomas Tianyi Liu – Vice President of Policy and Academic & Co-Founder of CCYPN

Thomas is the Vice President and Co-founder of the Canada-China Young Professional Network. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Acadia University, and completed a Master degree of Public and International Affairs at University of Ottawa in 2017. Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at University of Ottawa, majoring in Public Administration (Canada – China relation).

His major research interest is to examine the incentives and motivations of the Canadian federal government on its China policy and its decision-making process. His major research paper Return to China: Justin Trudeau’s China Policy. An Analysis of Canada’s Motivation in Developing its Relation with China from 2016 Onward, has received the first China Foreign Policy Prize for Canadian Studies in 2017, awarded by Global China Research Foundation, and Association of Canadian Study of China (ACSC).

Thomas is passionate about high diplomacy of Sino-Canadian relation, and its policy making process of the Canadian federal government. His experience in policy and academia would best help you in understanding the political dynamics between Canada and China. He is a native Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese) speaker. He has also the mastery with fluent English and basic French.

Thomas could be reached at canadachinaypn@gmail.com

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Yany Siek – Vice President of Education

Hello Everyone! My name is Yany Siek and I am the Vice President of Education at CCYPN. I am a second-year Master of Arts student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and I am returning to classes in Winter 2018 after two co-op work terms at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. I completed a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta and I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Chinese foreign policy and the South China Sea territorial disputes. Currently, I am interested in Canadian foreign policy vis-à-vis China and my academic interests focus primarily on security and defence issues and challenges. At CCYPN, I focus predominantly on identifying opportunities and ways for young Canadians and professionals to visit, study, and work in China. One of my projects includes the creation of a single database that can serve as a central resource for interested Canadians.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information, you can reach me at education@ccypn.org. I look forward to hearing from you!

Esther Min Ji Kim – Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Outreach

She is currently in her 4th year studying International Development and Globalization with a Minor in Asian Studies with French Immersion and CO-OP at the University of Ottawa. After being on a exchange to Nanjing University in Nanjing, China through the Ontario-Jiangsu Exchange and Canada Learning Initiative in China (CLIC), she has been eager to participate in CCYPN in efforts to promote and engage other youth and young professionals in Canada-China relations through the Mentorship Program. She is also passionate about sustainability, multiculturalism and international development.

Apart from CCYPN, Esther enjoys actively promoting exchange programs to China as a CLIC Ambassador, while organizing uOttawa’s International Development Week Conference as the External Logistics Coordinator and mentoring peers for her program at the Faculty of Social Sciences and writing for The Youth Journal as a Staff Writer on social science related topics.

Esther can be contacted through LinkedIn or by email.

Anna Busdraghi – Vice President of Communications

Having devoted my whole university career to the study of Chinese language, culture and economy, joining CCYPN was an easy choice for me! My role as a Communications VP is to keep up to date CCYPN’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and assist the partnership team in engaging with other institutions in the Ottawa area.

Moreover, I have a strong interest in policy making especially regarding the development of China-Canada trade relations – in particular, the Beijing’s One Belt One Road Project – on which I spent 6 months researching as a graduate student.

Luckily, CCYPN only takes up some of my free time. As an Italian immigrant in Canada, I enjoy playing soccer, ball-hockey, hiking and giving Mandarin classes to keep practising the language!

I encourage everyone who is interested in the development of Canada-China relations, especially young professionals, to join our team. Whether you are into event-organizing, policy making, or want to share your knowledge and experience with China in our mentorship program, we would be delighted to welcome you on board!

If you would have any communication inquiries with CCYPN, you can write to me at canadachinaypn@gmail.com.

Rumya Nithiananthan – Vice President of Communications

Hello everyone! My name is Rumya Nithiananthan and I am a Vice President of Communications at CCYPN along with Anna. I am currently a Master’s of International Affairs candidate at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and a full-time employee with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). I completed my Bachelor’s of Arts Honours degree in Political Science at Carleton, with a double minor in French and Spanish. I am fluent in five languages – English, Tamil, French, Spanish and American Sign Language. My academic interest includes learning about Canada and China’s role in climate change, particularly in meeting global commitments and supporting clean tech development domestically.

What inspired me to be part of CCYPN? The extensive youth engagement work we get to do and the great people I work with! More importantly, the opportunity to learn about Canada-China relations. At CCYPN, I am responsible for developing the content and layout of our website and developing a communications strategy to all of our work. So make sure to check our website to learn more about our events and other opportunities to get involved! 

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at canadachinaypn@gmail.com!