The Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur’s (ACCE) new year gala was a heavily attended, albeit intimate affair. Less than 50 tables filled the Grand Ballroom at Shangri-La Banquet Hall with dignitaries and politicians alike Feb. 12.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti (pictured) left the event early to help city staff plow the snow coated streets, which he informed the exclusive crowd of while on stage. Hon. Minister Mary Ng was also on hand to deliver greetings from the Prime Minister while acknowledging the achievements of Chinese-Canadians.

Mary Ng, MP Markham-Thornhill with ACCE President, Kevin Au-Yeung and Senator Victor Oh taking part in a Yu Sheng Ceremony that is supposed to bring luck and prosperity.

She also stuck around for the traditional Yu Sheng ceremony, that involved mixing the following items:

  • Fresh salmon
  • White radish
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Pickled ginger
  • Chinese parsley
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Five spice powder
  • Gold crackers
  • Plum sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Peanut or corn oil
  • Sesame oil

The Yu Sheng Ceremony is believed to bring luck and prosperity in the new year ahead. The Chinese New Year is celebrated according to the zodiac calendar that identifies a different animal each year, with this year being Year of the Pig.

The evening also included various prize giveaways, including a special silver coin, courtesy of RBC.

Also in attendance were Regional Councillors, Jack Heath and Joe Li, along with Councillors Alan Ho (Ward 2), Isa Lee (Ward 8), and Khalid Usman (Ward 7).

The ACCE are no strangers to events with Telus as a major sponsor of their Annual Golf Classic in June. With memberships and participation from institutions like the Business Development Bank of Canada, Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (Toronto), Rogers, TD, OMNI, Air Canada and more, they are a force to be reckoned with.

The ACCE, initially called the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur(s) Club, was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1994. Their mandate includes encouraging new start-ups and promoting entrepreneurs towards global competitiveness.

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(Photo Credit: Nancy Siu Yan)