Mr. William Ying brings over 20 years of experience in capital markets and strategic planning to Benchmark. Since 1996, he has served at various financial institutions including Yorkton Securities, Blackmont Capital, Jordan Capital and Mackie Research Capital. In those roles, Mr. Ying has provided growth investment opportunities to accredited investors globally (institutional, corporate and individual), as well as advised growth-oriented companies in capital raising, M&A, corporate development and other corporate finance activities. Mr. Ying participates in the Mentor in Business program at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business as a mentor to share his business experience with future business leaders. Mr. Ying holds a MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University (Canada).
Since 2003, Mr. Liu has been the General Manager of Zhengzhou JinHao Mechanical Electric Co., Ltd., a China based company. Mr. Liu has over 20 years of business and leadership experience and led the Linhe Winery Group’s (China) strategic restructuring in 2013. As an experienced venture capitalist, he has raised capital for many large companies.
In 2015, Mr. Liu successfully led the reorganization plan of the struggling Galaxy Cotton (China), resulting in the company becoming one of the top companies in China in the textile industry.
Mr. Liu holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Henan University (China, 1997)and has completed a certification with the Venture Capital & Private Equity Investment (VC/PE) from Tsinghua University (2012).
Mr. Zhang has over 20 years of management experience and over five years of experience in the cannabis industry. He started his successful entrepreneurial career by building the four-star Qing Dao Liyun Hotel in China in 1994. Under Mr. Zhang’s management, the hotel generated revenues of up to $8 million annually. In 1999, Mr. Zhang became actively involved in the real estate development projects in Canada.
Mr. Zhang holds a Bachelor of Education from Yantai Education University, Shandong, China, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Qingdao Institute of Architecture and Engineering, Shandong, China.
Mr. Dorin has 40 years of broad-based financial experience, including over 20 years as a corporate director or CFO for several private and public companies. He holds undergraduate degrees in both Science and Accounting from the University of British Columbia, a Master's Degree in Finance from the London School of Economics in England, and the Diploma FCSI (Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute).
As a Chartered Professional Accountant, he was also granted a CF (Corporate Finance) specialist designation from CPA Canada in 2008. He has worked in the financial services sector with Ernst & Whinney (now KPMG), Price Waterhouse, Royal Bank of Canada, and with Pemberton Securities (now RBC Dominion Securities). In 2007 and 2008 he was a Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance with Wolrige Mahon, a BC-based CPA Firm. Most recently, he has been providing corporate finance, senior financial management, and corporate director (including Chairman and Audit Committee Chairman) services to several public companies through his personal services finance company CANUS Capital Corporation.
Mr. Stowell has over 40 years of entrepreneurial expertise covering a wide range of businesses. In Kelowna BC, his residential and commercial landscape firm served much of the city’s luxury real estate and prominent businesses. He also played a key role in the construction of the original Ponderosa Golf Course – a Peachland, British Columbia icon and regional favorite for over 30 years.
He opened and operated Chianti's, a successful Kelowna restaurant and worked in property development collaborating with the City of Kelowna and regional districts on development projects. This experience was instrumental in his success working with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan to forge ahead with an innovative cottage development.
In Hawaii, he opened a fully-licensed real estate office and created a multi-faceted wholesale and retail travel business, successfully negotiating contracts with major hotels, airlines, and attractions.
With his ability to view situations from a fresh perspective and expanding on his landscaping and property development initiatives, Mr. Stowell invented and patented StreetPrint, a unique asphalt imprinting process now found in many countries worldwide.
James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor at the multinational law firm Dentons and a Public Policy Advisor at the global firm Edelman. He also serves as Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, is the national vice-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, a member of the NAFTA Council for the Government of Canada and a corporate director. Previously he served as Canada's Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages and Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics over a 15-year career as a Member of Parliament.